Ditch Toxic Positivity — Here’s What to Do Instead

What is toxic positivity? In a Healthline article on toxic positivity it was defined by clinical psychologist Jamie Zuckerman as, “The assumption, either by one’s self or others, that despite a person’s emotional pain or difficult situation, they should only have a positive mindset or ‘positive vibes’.”   This type of response to other people’s pain has been shown to do more harm than good. In this CETL session, participants will look at…

Empathy

Can empathy be taught or is it an innate quality that you must be born with? Empathy is an important quality for all health professionals and educators. Using the “language of empathy” as detailed by A. Fortin we will review the four steps to establish an empathic presence with your patients and students.