You, Me, Empathy - Episode 74: How to Validate the Experiences of Others with Tony the Therapist

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On Episode 74 of You, Me, Empathy, Tony the Therapist and I explore how we can better validate the experiences of others, ways we unknowingly invalidate others, and I share a very personal invalidation story.

This is a pretty personal episode, feely humans. In it, I read some writing I did that illuminates an experience I had where I felt invalidated, and also read a letter I wrote to the person who I felt invalidated my experience.

Here’s the thing about being human: we have emotional experiences. Each of us. To better connect, learn, grow, engage with each other, we need to understand that we each have unique and valid emotional experiences. It’s not about a singular truth, or facts, or making people accept what we see. But about holding space, meeting people where they are, embracing empathy, active listening, and truly allowing people to process their pain, their hurt, their emotional realities.

This episode is chock-full of takeaways on how to better validate the experiences of others, how to not invalidate others, how to listen, be present, and so much more. I hope you love it as much as Tony and I do!

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Anthony Ramynke is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, license number LMFT47805.

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