Derek Lee Goodreid

Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues.

Prioritising Authenticity & The Challenge Of Toxic Positivity

So I have been challenged by the bombardment in my social feeds with toxic positivity, especially in the music scene by well meaning artists or in the industry (this is not limited to art and creative spaces, I hear it a lot in the fitness industry and even the spiritual types use this language). You will hear or see statements such as, “Everything happens for a reason”, “Failure is not an option”, “Other people have it worse”, and “You’ll get over it”, and it’s a bit overwhelming, to say the least.

Toxic positivity refers to the idea of always looking on the bright side and insisting on being positive in any situation, even when it is not appropriate or helpful. While positivity is generally a good thing, toxic positivity can actually be harmful, as it can lead to people feeling like their struggles and negative emotions are not valid and can even prevent them from seeking help.

Instead of promoting toxic positivity, it is important to prioritise authenticity and letting people be seen and heard. This means acknowledging and validating negative emotions and creating a safe and supportive environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves honestly.

To promote authenticity, we can:

Listen actively and without judgement: When someone expresses their feelings, it is essential to listen and show that you understand and care. Avoid dismissing or minimising their emotions.

Normalise negative emotions: Everyone sometimes experiences negative emotions, and it is okay to not be okay. By acknowledging and normalising these emotions, we can create a safe and supportive environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves honestly.

Offer practical support: Sometimes, people just need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. Other times, they may need more practical support, such as help with tasks or access to resources.

By prioritising authenticity and letting people be seen and heard, we can create a more compassionate and supportive world where people feel empowered to express themselves honestly and seek the help they need.

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Derek Lee Goodreid

Derek Lee Goodreid

Derek Lee Goodreid began his songwriting in his twenties as a confessional exploring his own battle with PTSD, anxiety, and depression with punk acoustic influences. After moving to Norway for love Derek’s music and lyrics evolved influenced now by Jeff Buckley, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, and Robert Johnson. Derek’s blues-inspired rockabilly won his newly formed band, Howling Light, a place to compete at Notodden Blues Festival and several festival gigs in Norway and established venues such as Cafe Mono and Buckley’s Blues and Roots Bar. Since then Derek has released four solo albums and has returned to his home town of Perth Western Australia. He continues to write, record, and perform his own special brand of Americana, Delta Blues, and Rock with his howling vocals red, hot rocking guitar, and heart of gold. Follow Me On Facebook

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