Whitney Goodman || Toxic Positivity

June 9, 2022

Today we welcome Whitney Goodman, the radically honest psychotherapist behind the hugely popular Instagram account Sit With Whit. She is the owner of The Collaborative Counseling Center, a private therapy practice in Miami. Whitney has her own column in Psychology Today and has been featured in The New York Times, Teen Vogue, NY Magazine, Instyle, Good Morning America, and other publications. Her most recent book is called Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy.

In this episode, I talk to Whitney Goodman about toxic positivity. A happy outlook in life is a strength; but when taken too far, it can backfire and work against us. Positivity stops becoming helpful when we deny the realities of hardship and trauma. Whitney believes positivity is not the panacea to our problems—it needs to be applied in the right time, place, and purpose. She shares with us ways on how to be supportive without being dismissive of our own well-being and of others. We also touch on the topics of authenticity, gratitude, hope, relationships, and work.

Website: sitwithwhit.com
Instagram: @SitWithWhit


  • When positivity becomes toxic
  • Pretending to be happy
  • Do positive people always succeed?
  • Changing toxic positivity
  • Well-being > positive thinking
  • Stop shaming yourself
  • Realistic affirmations and organic gratitude
  • How to complain effectively
  • Ingredients of communication
  • Discrimination with a smile
  • A value-driven life
  • It’s okay to just be
  • Positive fantasy can be helpful


2 Responses to “Whitney Goodman || Toxic Positivity”

  1. Hi Scott!

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    Dr Demartini is an award-winning human behavior expert, author of ‘The Values Factor’, ‘The Breakthrough Experience’ and The Gratitude Effect’. He’s the host of ‘The Demartini Show’ podcast and you can find one of his latest podcasts to review here: https://demartini.fm/apple-podcast

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  2. Megan says:

    I love how this episode mentioned how we often see “inspiring stories” that have to have a happily ever after ending where everything is fixed, and it reminded me of a memoir that I read where the author mentioned the book was denied publishing again and again from different sellers, because they didn’t see it as inspiring enough. They disagreed with the fact that the author’s paralysis wasn’t ever fixed and he never met and married the girl of his dreams. I’m glad they were able to find a publisher because for me, I loved how REAL he was and totally found the book inspiring in its own way. There’s beauty in being able to admit we all have problems and some of them are huge and traumatic, and it can be amazing to see the strength of people as they keep going anyways. It’s ok to just be!

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