Invalidating childhood environment
Invalidation, as used in psychology, is a term most associated with Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Marsha Linehan.
As I described in my post on the family dynamics of borderline personality disorder, “Invalidating someone else is not merely disagreeing with something that the other person said.
An invalidating environment is not the same thing as an abusive environment, although abusive relationships are certainly invalidating.
Within the clinical sample, the data were compatible with a model where difficulties in tolerating distress partially mediate the relationship between perceived invalidation by the father and eating pathology.
Parental invalidation is a potentially important construct in the eating disorders.
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Regardless of the means, the effect is clear: the person's feelings are “wrong.”An environment perceived as invalidating generally means that the child grows up feeling that his emotional responses are not correct or considered in the regular course of things.
Over time, this can result in confusion and a general distrust of a person’s own emotions.
It is a process in which individuals communicate to another that the opinions and emotions of the target are invalid, irrational, selfish, uncaring, stupid, most likely insane, and wrong, wrong, wrong.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating