Linehan invalidating environments
Invalidation, as used in psychology, is a term most associated with Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Marsha Linehan.
As I described in my post on the family dynamics of borderline personality disorder, “Invalidating someone else is not merely disagreeing with something that the other person said.
It is generally characterized by intolerance of the expression of emotional experiences, which often leads to extreme displays of emotion. Linehan, borderline personality disorder clinician and researcher, proposed the idea that the development of BPD happens during the developmental years, where the child receives the message that he or she should learn to cope with emotions internally and without support from his or her parents.
As a result, the child never learns how to regulate or tolerate her own emotions, and fails to learn how to solve the problems that are inciting these emotions.
It is a process in which individuals communicate to another that the opinions and emotions of the target are invalid, irrational, selfish, uncaring, stupid, most likely insane, and wrong, wrong, wrong.
Biological Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder There are two types of biological causes of BPD: This is one reason why people with Borderline Personality Disorder may experience panic attacks and other mood swings.This saddens me, because I know that the person with this disorder can be as lovely and precious as anyone I would ever be privileged to meet.I tell these people that everyone has something, there are no perfect individuals to compare yourself to, and there is hope.Thus, the theory guides therapists to use validation as a primary, if not the primary, intervention.
DBT also teaches mindfulness for clients to change their qualitative relationship with experience and with emotions in particular.
Biosocial Theory is a theory in behavioral and social science that describes personality disorders and mental illnesses and disabilities as biologically-determined personality traits reacting to environmental stimuli. The disorder is characterized by heightened sensitivity to emotion, increased emotional in-tensity [sic] and a slow return to emotional baseline.