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The power of positive thinking – to shut down the conversations we need the most

Psychologist Paul D’Alton explains that placing too much emphasis on a positive mindset could ultimately be counter-productive. Instead, the focus should be on clear thinking to better deal with the here and now

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Staying positive all the time can potentially lead to even more anxiety

Staying positive all the time can potentially lead to even more anxiety

Paul D’Alton is head of psychology at St Vincent’s University Hospital and associate professor of psychology at UCD

Paul D’Alton is head of psychology at St Vincent’s University Hospital and associate professor of psychology at UCD

Living with Cancer: Hope amid the Uncertainty

Living with Cancer: Hope amid the Uncertainty

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Staying positive all the time can potentially lead to even more anxiety

Go into any book shop and you will see shelves lined with books about positive thinking: titles that claim the power of positive thinking to banish anxiety, defeat depression, make lots of money, help us find true love and eternal happiness. There are even some that suggest positive thinking can cure cancer.

We are essentially being told that the secret to human happiness, wealth and good health is to ‘stay positive’ — at all costs. But this is not true. And this untruth is often directed at those who are most vulnerable; and when you have cancer you’re probably at your most vulnerable.


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