Consequences of invalidating environments

Even though this woman did not get what she needed from her parents, she found a way to survive.

I thought that was pretty neat, and it got me thinking.

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I have news for you - I still vividly remember specific words and situations from decades ago. And, when we wake up one day and realize that not all families live this way and that we, indeed, were part of a dysfunctional or abusive household, the memories will come back from the times you thought what you said and did didn't matter.

Same with the times that you didn't say or do what would have been the healthy choice for a child. I am very sensitive to situations where I see a child exposed to certain language, fighting, and worse. While the job was very rewarding, this was before my DBT days, and I literally had a nervous breakdown from the work. Essentially boundaries and the fact that I had so much inner work to do.

Growing up in an environment perceived as invalidating is one factor commonly discussed as contributing to the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Coupled with a genetic tendency to be over-emotional, an invalidating environment is theorized to be one of the two major causes of BPD.

It is important to note that in this model, there is an interaction between the child's emotions and the environment.

Because the child has such strong emotional responses to situations that others might not react to, their emotions are more likely to be invalidated.I do not blame him, as I can see that he had a rough time when young also.When growing up I was different to everyone else though as I was a very different age and a girl and I was emotional and kept my emotions to myself.Many people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have had experiences of emotional invalidation.In fact, some experts believe that emotional invalidation may be one factor that increases a child’s risk of developing BPD in adolescence or adulthood.When we are invalidated by having our feelings repudiated, we are attacked at the deepest level possible, since our feelings are the innermost expression of our individual identities. As a parent I want to teach my kids these things I’ve learned.

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