Saturday, September 11, 2021

 Sometimes, in trying to help someone feel better, we end up invalidating their feelings.


Statements like "you shouldn't feel that way", or "it could be worse", although well-meaning, can be quite damaging. They deny that person's perspective and make them feel worse.


You can validate a person's emotional experience without necessarily agreeing with it. Try to understand why they feel that way. Just be willing to listen, and withhold your judgment.


Avoid offering unsolicited advice or forcing positivity on them. Create a safe space for the other person to feel their feelings.