When someone is feeling down, it can be challenging to know what to say or do to help. Sometimes, they need a little validation — to know that their feelings are real and valid. By Adam and many others.
But what does validation actually mean? And how can you do it effectively?
The best way to validate someone’s feelings is to feel it with them by using empathy. Give them the space to feel what they are feeling
If somebody has just lost their mother and they are telling you about their feelings, you first want to give them the space to simply feel what they are feeling. Let yourself feel their sense of loss — you can draw on whatever loss you have experienced yourself in order to empathize with them.
According to experts, here are helpful ways to validate someone’s feelings, along with examples of how it can be done:
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