Our culture favours relentless positivity over the emotional messiness of real life. We’re told, subtly or directly, to shove down our emotions and get on with it. But imagine a world where everyone is truthful about how they feel. Where emotions aren’t categorised into positive or negative, and we are allowed to feel what we are really feeling, without judgement.
Psychologist Susan David feels we are under a tyranny of false positivity. She explains how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. A talk to share.