Validating and empathizing
It can be as simple as negative body language, a look or not saying something when one would expect something to be said.
Empathizing with the person when validating the validation target is extremely important.
How can providers advise families about listening instead of “fixing,” and how do you as a provider, do that yourself?
In this workshop, we will discuss and practice techniques for communicating with our clients and their families which focus on holding, validating, and empathizing.
This is not an issue unique to Borderline Personality Disorder - this happens in all types of relationship - and we often do it, too.
The concepts of "not invalidating people" and the concept of "being validating" are really easy to grasp, intellectually.