Is Positive Thinking Cruel in the Face of Suffering?

There’s rather large strain of thought out there that suggests telling someone who has faced trauma or suffering to think positively is cruel.

I’d suggest it’s not cruel at all and this argument points directly to one of the key misconceptions about positive thinking and related ideas.

Telling someone that thinking positively ALONE will help them overcome disadvantage, trauma, or suffering is patently untrue. If someone has been wronged in life, there are civil, social, and personal development remedies that can and should be pursued.

Simply thinking positively does not erase nor resolve injustice. If someone suggests that it does or believes someone is telling them it does, I can see why it might construed as insensitive.

Here’s the thing. The positive thinking is not the means of redress. It’s the means of healing you. By all means, seek appropriate redress for the wrongs done to you. By all means, feel and experience the feelings you need to feel about the situation, but refuse to let it defeat you,

You can pursue that road to justice or overcoming a major setback one of two ways. You can do it as a perpetual victim that continues to dwell in low vibration states that only perpetuates the suffering or you can do it with your mind ON YOUR SIDE.

When someone tells you think positively, they’re not saying that to undermine or dismiss your experience. Hopefully, they’re doing it because they know as you think so shall you be.

You will be a victim who is perpetually revictimized by your own thinking or you will be the empowered being of light that you truly are.

Choosing the latter allows you to claim your victory over your suffering today rather than placing your happiness on hold until society or some other person takes some action they might never take.

Regardless of your journey to justice or healing, it’s better to have your mind working for you rather than against you.

Stay safe, stay well, and be true to you!


Published by

Ray Davis - The Affirmation Spot

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Spring Hill, Ks with his wife.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s