What is "lucky girl syndrome," and why is it so controversial?

The seemingly harmless viral trend that has drawn immense backlash

Stars Insider

25/01/23 | StarsInsider


A TikTok trend has taken over young people’s feeds that has caused quite a stir, though it allegedly consists only of positive thinking. "Lucky girl syndrome," as the trend is called, involves people swearing by the simple process of telling yourself mantras like "I’m so lucky and everything goes my way," and then suddenly reaping the rewards. Harmless, right?

Wrong! The trend has come under fire for a number of reasons, ranging from toxic positivity to the discussion of privilege. Psychologists are even chiming in, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks of this kind of mentality that has taken Gen Z by storm but which has been around in various forms since the Baby Boomers' time.

Click through to see where the lucky girl syndrome has scientific roots, and where it is branching into dangerous territory.

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