Mel Schwartz, LCSW

#058: The Essential Power of Validation

Episode 058 of the Possibility Podcast with Mel Schwartz reveals the essential power of validation in developing and sustaining healthy relationships. Mel asserts that validation is the soul of a relationship, and provides actionable guidance so you can practice validation in your own personal, professional, and loving relationships.

In this episode we learn…

  • the definition of validation many therapists provide… and why it’s wrong
  • how validation depends on emotional intimacy
  • why validation begins with curiosity
  • how to resist feeling defensive and simply listen
  • the reactive phrases we must resist saying if we hope to validate someone
  • the questions to ask ourselves as we listen with open curiosity
  • how to allow some space for your own feelings as your take in another person’s feeling
  • why staying subjective opens the door for empathy
  • how validation leads to reciprocity and trust

It can be challenging to put aside one’s own feelings to truly listen and validate someone else. Is this something you’ve struggled with? Have you tried Mel’s advice? Be sure to share your experience in the comments!

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