The Dr. Dolores Show: The Dark Side Of Toxic Positivity


 Dr. Dolores Fazzino, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Intuitive, Energy Whisperer

In “The Dark Side of Toxic Positivity,” we delve into the often overlooked and harmful effects of enforced positivity.

While a positive mindset can be empowering, toxic positivity dismisses genuine emotions and creates unrealistic expectations.

In this episode of The Dr. Dolores Show, Dr. Dolores discusses how to recognize toxic positivity in ourselves and others, and she shares the best strategies to foster a more supportive and understanding environment.

Tune in to uncover the truth about toxic positivity and learn how to embrace all of your emotions, both positive and negative, for a healthier, more balanced life.

The Dr. Dolores Show: 7 Signs of Toxic Positivity


Toxic positivity, the belief that one should maintain a positive mindset regardless of the situation, can be detrimental to emotional well being.

Dr. Dolores, in a recent podcast, sheds light on this issue and offers valuable insights on recognizing and combating toxic positivity.

Here are seven signs to watch out for:

1. Ignoring Physical and Emotional Connections

Dr. Dolores emphasizes that experiencing emotions requires being physically present in your body.

Ignoring this connection can lead to toxic positivity, where emotional experiences are disregarded or downplayed.

Emotions are deeply intertwined with our physical selves, and acknowledging this relationship is crucial for genuine emotional health.

2. Denial of Life’s Natural Highs and Lows

Toxic positivity often involves denying the natural fluctuations of life.

Dr. Dolores highlights that life is filled with highs and lows, peaks and valleys, and accepting this reality is essential.

Pretending that everything is always perfect can prevent us from authentically experiencing and processing our emotions.

3. Over Simplifying Complex Emotions

Our society frequently promotes a black and white view of emotions, ignoring the many shades of grey.

This oversimplification can lead to toxic positivity, where only “acceptable” emotions are acknowledged.

Embracing the complexity of emotions allows for a more nuanced and compassionate understanding of ourselves and others.

4. Belief in Perpetual Positivity

One of the most harmful aspects of toxic positivity is the belief that one should always remain positive.

Dr. Dolores asserts that being positive all the time is not a healthy coping skill.

Acknowledging and processing negative emotions is crucial for emotional well being, and suppressing them under a veneer of positivity can be damaging.

5. Ignoring the Mind and Body Connection

Toxic positivity can manifest as ignoring the interconnectedness of the mind and body.

Emotional stress often expresses itself physically, and neglecting this connection can lead to unresolved physical and emotional issues.

Recognizing and addressing this mind and body link is vital for holistic health.

6. Avoiding Vulnerability

A key sign of toxic positivity is avoiding vulnerability and the darker aspects of oneself.

Dr. Dolores highlights the importance of embracing vulnerability and being in the trenches of what we are feeling.

Real strength comes from facing and processing our negative emotions, not from pretending they don’t exist.

7. Failing to Set Boundaries

Surrounding oneself with individuals who promote toxic positivity can be harmful.

Dr. Dolores advises setting boundaries with people who insist on constant positivity.

Healthy relationships should acknowledge and respect the full range of human emotions, providing support rather than pressure to maintain a façade of happiness.

Join us on The Dr. Dolores Show as we explore how this pervasive attitude impacts mental health, relationships, and personal growth.


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What to Look for In This Episode of The Dr. Dolores Show:

  1. “In order to experience emotions you do have to have a physical body, in fact you have to be in your physical body to experience emotions.” Dr. Dolores (04:41)
  2. You are going to experience the highs and lows, the peaks and valleys in life, that is just how it is. (06:52)
  3. Nothing is black and white there are many shades of grey, our society has led us to believe that things need to look a certain way. (15:19)
  4. “Being positive all the time is not a healthy coping skill.” Dr. Dolores (24:42)
  5. The mind and the body are so interconnected that the emotional stress expresses physically in the body as well. (25:54)
  6. It is a sign of real strength when you can go to the dark side of yourself and be in the trenches of what we are feeling. (37:38) 
  7. When dealing with negative emotions it requires real vulnerability. (38:24)
  8. When you have got so much going on subconsciously it is so challenging to put icing on a cake that is made out of garbage. (41:17) 
  9. Set boundaries with people that promote toxic positivity. (43:44)  


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Dr. Dolores Fazzino, DNP is a Nurse Practitioner, Medical Intuitive, Energy Whisperer, an International Amazon Best Selling Author, TV, Podcast, and Radio host. With over 45 years-experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Fazzino believes healing is a multi-faceted process. After witnessing the miraculous healing of her father’s physical condition as a young adult, Dr. Fazzino has dedicated her life to assist people to Heal In Ways They Never Thought Possible. Dr. Dolores takes us beyond the mind-body paradigm to include spirituality in wellness and assisting her clients to unravel the energetic discord in their life. Known as the “Energy Whisperer,” her gifts, customized programs and strategies assist her clients to move through life challenges, and reconnecting with their inner self with grace and ease, creating lasting health and true wellness. She is the author of 5 books, two which are Amazon International Best Sellers. Her latest book “Your Amazing Itty Bitty Healing in Ways You Never Thought Possible Book” became an Amazon Best Seller October 2022. Dr. Dolores Fazzino is the host of The Dr Dolores Show, a TV, Radio, Podcast with Inspired Choices Network (ICN) streaming to over 300 platforms globally. Contact her at: 760-579-2440