Episode 101: Toxic Positivity ft. Bullet Siongco | Empowered Talks

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About the Episode

Being an optimist is a good trait but hyper positivity isn’t. In this episode, Bullet and I discussed the truths on toxic positivity and how it affects us and the people around us. Listen now.


In this episode we covered the following:

  • The definition of toxic positivity.
  • Signs/how to spot toxic positivity in our lives.
  • How to handle toxic positivity in our personal relationships and as members of the society.


  • “They were saying those things but not realising how damaging those words were towards you and your experience; what you were going through at that moment because we are happy people in general, so we want others to be happier” – Bullet Siongco
  • “Being Pinoy, because we are such a fun-loving people, we don’t like conflict in general and we try to we try to distance ourselves from anything that is negative. We’ve grown up to have a tendency to be toxic positive towards situations without really taking into account what people are going through.”– Bullet Siongco
  • “When someone is at the most vulnerable state of being and then they open up your their emotions to another person only to be told that everything happens for a reason. ” – Roma Miclat
  • “Other people’s other people’s toxic positivity could also be turned inwards. You start to think that maybe there’s something wrong with me.” – Bullet Siongco


  • A study in 2018, published in the National Library of Medicine, where they tested the link between emotional acceptance and psychological health in more than 1,300 adults and found that people who habitually avoid acknowledging challenging emotions can end up feeling worse.
  • “Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.” – Mark Manson , the author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
  • The Me You Cannot See – Apple TV Docu-series by Oprah Winfrey & Prince Harry
  • Instagram: Empowered Talks with Roma Miclat Podcast
  • Instagram: Mad in Manila Podcast
  • Facebook: Empowered Talks with Roma Miclat
  • Youtube: Empowered Talks with Roma Miclat


  • Bullet is the co-creator and host of Mad in Manila Podcast.