Validation

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Self-Verification Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is self-verification theory. Self-verification theory comes from social psychology, and it says that we want other people to see us the way we see ourselves. That might seem self-obvious, but what’s interesting is that this applies even when …

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Normalizing mental illness symptoms: the validating and invalidating ways

Normalizing Mental Illness Symptoms: The Good & Bad Ways

I got thinking about this recently because my best friend is a normalizer, and it really doesn’t feel very good sometimes. But there are other times when normalizing aspects of mental illness can be helpful. So what’s the difference? The invalidating way A little while back, I told my best friend that I was heading …

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Validation - what it is (making space for someone's feelings) and what it isn't (agreeing)

The Power of Validation

A fellow blogger recently shared this Youtube video. The video is about supporting someone who is grieving, but it’s a powerful message about validation in general, which is what inspired this post. Many of us have chosen to blog because there are difficult experiences that we’re dealing with. We look for various things out of …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Invalidation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is invalidation. Validation conveys acceptance, along with a recognition that someone’s thoughts, feelings, or reactions are understandable.  It also serves to communicate that the relationship is important. It doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing or approving, something I think is a …

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