October 4, 2011

the validity of validation

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So, I'm a fan of Oprah. Yes, I'm admitting it. I really appreciate her story and also her perspective on life. She has to be one of the most open-minded individuals to be able to interview all of the different people she's interviewed. Drug addicts, murderers, pastors, and artists: she treats them with the same amount of respect and genuinely wants their stories to be heard to enlighten others. One of the most powerful thoughts she continues to share is that we all just want to be heard and validated. We all just want someone to make us feel as if there is value to what we say and/or feel. Next time you're in a conversation with someone who is sharing something important to them, listen. Listen to what they're truly saying. If you don't understand, ask them to clarify. If that doesn't work, just be there. On top of that, validate them. You don't have to agree with what they're doing but validating someone is simply acknowledging the true presence of something whether it be a idea or an emotion. It can make a world of difference in a person's heart.
Just a thought.

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