What is validating

Ask the person what it is that is causing their response.

For example, you might say, “What is it that is making you feel that way?

One of the four options we have in any problem situation is acceptance.Validation is one way that we communicate acceptance of ourselves and others. When your best friend or a family member makes a decision that you really don't think is wise, validation is a way of supporting them and strengthening the relationship while maintaining a different opinion.This can be hard if the other person has not clearly communicated their feelings, so you may have to either ask them what they are feeling, or guess and then ask them if you are right.The next step is to identify the situation or cue that triggered the emotion.Tell them that you want to be able to talk with them about the situation, but that you can’t do that productively until they can communicate with you more calmly, so you’ll return later when it seems like the right time.

It is also important to keep in mind that validating your loved one’s emotion usually will not make the emotion go away.

Emotional validation is the process of learning about, understanding and expressing acceptance of another person’s emotional experience.

Emotional validation is distinguished from emotional invalidation, in which another person’s emotional experiences are rejected, ignored, or judged.

Individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) can have very strong emotional responses to events that seem minor to outside observers.

As a result, people with BPD frequently experience emotional invalidation, that is, others react to their emotions as if those emotions are not valid or reasonable.

So it is common to ask if a business will validate your parking receipt.