The emotional processes which worked for him as a child may begin to work against him as an adult. of Duke University supports the idea that invalidation leads to mental health problems. I know these things, but sometimes I forget and get carried away by my emotions too.

In fact, one definition of the so-called "borderline personality disorder" is "the normal response of a sensitive person to an invalidating environment" (Psychiatrist R. Laing said that when we invalidate people or deny their perceptions and personal experiences, we make mental invalids of them. He writes "...a history of emotion invalidation (i.e., a history of childhood psychological abuse and parental punishment, minimization, and distress in response to negative emotion) was significantly associated with emotion inhibition (i.e., ambivalence over emotional expression, thought suppression, and avoidant stress responses). So I give myself a time-out, I nurture my inner whiny child or nurse my wounds, allow myself to feel self-pity, then I remind myself how many blessings I have and try to do better.

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Rejecting feelings is rejecting reality; it is to fight nature and may be called a crime against nature, "psychological murder", or "soul murder." Considering that trying to fight feelings, rather than accept them, is trying to fight all of nature, you can see why it is so frustrating, draining and futile. Let's look at the facts." Businesses, for example, and "professionals" are traditionally out of balance towards logic at the expense of emotions. I didn’t think I was telling them what they were feeling was wrong, I thought I was passing on what I had learned.

A good guideline is: People with high IQ and low EQ tend to use logic to address emotional issues. This tends to alienate people and diminish their potential. Things such as: When you find yourself thinking a negative thought –“ I’ll never… I’m not… No one…” – turn it around and say the opposite – “ I will… I am… One or many…”. Or how about not dwelling on the things you can’t change, focus on those things in your control? Sad, Confused, Scared Mom I met someone once who said her boyfriend was jealous. She said she tells him he has no reason to be jealous!

When we are attacked, our survival instinct tells us to defend ourselves either through withdrawal or counter-attack. Her father was an alcoholic and her parents were divorced when she was 17.

Repeated withdrawal, though, tends to decrease our self-confidence and lead to a sense of powerlessness and depression. Her mother probably tried to deal with her children's unhappiness by saying things like "Don't think so much" and "Don't look so sad." Her mother probably felt responsible and powerless to help them feel better.

Emotional invalidation is particularly a problem when you’re dealing with an emotionally sensitive person, like someone with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

I have a long list of emotionally invalidating phrases from which this list is derived.Actually, all emotions do have a basis in reality, and feelings are facts, fleeting though they may be. (being difficult; being dramatic, in a bad mood, tired, etc) It's nothing to get upset over. Sometimes the only way to get past a bad thing is to forget it and move on. Apparently I’ve been going at it all wrong and instead of helping my children I’ve been invalidating their feelings to the point that one is cutting and suicidal and the other can’t wait to get as far away from me as possible. I’ve seen the heartbreaking pics all over tumblr and the internet of kids with blades and bleeding legs and arms and I wonder if there’s a link to social media and cutting? I asked if he was able to say directly that he is jealous. Later this same person said she felt disrespected when he walks in front of her.But trying to dress an emotional wound, with logic tends to either confuse, sadden or infuriate a person. Oh yeah and my favorite because it's served me well: Don't take everything personally. It would seem the only course of action now is to keep my mouth shut lest I make everything worse, let the therapist do all the talking, and keep buying Neosporin. I asked what she thought he might say if she said, "I feel a little disrespected when you walk in front of me." She said he would probably say, "That is totally absurd!He found that when one's feelings are denied a person can be made to feel crazy even they are perfectly mentally healthy. Further, emotion inhibition significantly predicted psychological distress, including depression and anxiety symptoms.) Invalidation goes beyond mere rejection by implying not only that our feelings are disapproved of, but that we are fundamentally abnormal. Sometimes it feels as though as a parent life is so overwhelming and there is too much for one person to do.This implies that there is something wrong with us because we aren't like everyone else; we are strange; we are different; we are weird. The more different from the mass norm a person is, for example, more intelligent or more sensitive, the more he is likely to be invalidated. During those times I have to focus on one thing at a time, ask for help if I can, try to do it well, and accept some things just won’t happen as ideally as I’d like.We have been conditioned to think that invalidation is "normal." Indeed, it is extremely common, but it is certainly not healthy. His wife was there to meet us so she could drive us back up to the top of the hill. As the four of us were standing there a woman named Sue came up with a big smile on her face. One day I expect there will be research which proves that children who did not feel understood by their parents, teachers, parents' friends, etc. It is not a right, it is not something nice to have. When our needs go unmet one incident at a time, for years and years, we and society all suffer. I wondered if her boss told her that if she left, she couldn't come back. As I waited, small signals from her caused me to feel even more discouraged.