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There’s a Price to Pay for Emotional Validation

Emotional Validation

Emotional Validation
  • Many people need approval from others when it comes to one’s shortcomings and the inability to be perfect. It is comforting to seek and get some sort of validation, but there is a price to pay for this.
  • The trap that people fall into is called the ‘borrowing self’ where they depend on others' reassurances.
  • This can take the form of texting friends for their input, copying their choice, asking a partner to validate a decision, or even doing what the experts are saying.

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