What is emotional validation?
Validation is the recognition and acceptance of another persons internal experience as being valid. (1)
Validation tells someone that their emotions are respected. (2) It makes spaces for another person’s emotions to exist. (2)

What is NOT emotional validation?
emotional invalidation

What does validation do?
Validation communicates acceptance. (1)
Acceptance means acknowledging the value of yourself and fellow human beings. (1)
Validation helps the person know they are on the right track. (1)
Validation helps regulate emotions. (1)

What is emotional invalidation?
Emotional invalidation is when you or another persons emotional experiences are rejected, ignored, or judged. (1)

What is self-validation?
Self-validation is the recognition and acknowledgement of your own internal experience. (1)

What to do when someone invalidates you? [?]
How to set that boundary? [?]

What to do when you see someone invalidate another person? [?]

What is an example of validation (being validated)?

I’m so sorry that happened.
That must have been really hard.
I care about you. What can I do to help?
I’m here for you.
That sounds frustrating.
I can see you’re really upset.
This must be so painful.

1. https://psychcentral.com/blog/emotionally-sensitive/2012/02/levels-of-validation#1
2. https://psychcentral.com/health/reasons-you-and-others-invalidate-your-emotional-experience#how-to-validate-someone