Validation is an important, yet often misunderstood concept and practice in any interpersonal relationship. It communicates recognition and acceptance of an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors. People often believe validation is synonymous with agreement or approval, but it actually communicates support, care, and concern for an individual, even if you do not entirely agree with them.
It’s important that our children learn that having various emotions is not a bad or scary thing. Even experiencing anger. It’s how one responds to the emotion that is noticed and evaluated. We need to show our children that when we experience an emotion, whether positive or negative, we have to acknowledge the emotion, accept it, and then decide how we want to respond.
George Floyd’s death has ignited yet another movement and uprising for equality. We are again faced with the ugly truth of racism and discrimination. Along with protesting, it’s important that we educate our communities, including people of color, in order to dismantle anti-Black behavior and attitudes.
Dealing with life change or transition is sometimes difficult to manage because it means that the original plans that were set in motion didn’t pan out. Strong emotions are inevitable responses to these transitions,
Grappling between cultural and family expectations, and you feel lost or frustrated, therapy could be a really helpful space to explore these issues!
In this busy and career driven climate that Silicon Valley has become, it’s easy to tune out the people around you, and forget to socialize. But has it gone too far? Is our younger generation also heading in that direction?
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