The Backlash Against Positive Psychology
Briefs from Positive Psychology, Jungian Practice, and beyond…
by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.
…..She goes after motivational speakers and personal-development coaches whose sole tool, she claims, boils down to the assertion that one’s mental attitude is totally responsible for their success or failure.
The dark side of all this is the corollary that if one fails to recover from their cancer or to get their downsized job back, it’s their own fault for not having had a sufficiently positive mental attitude.
In other words, hidden in all the inspirational blather is an insidious blaming of the victim and, even worse, an invitation to shame, guilt, and self-blame.