Validation is One of the Clearest Ways to Say You Care

Many people tend to confuse sympathy, empathy, and validation, and there is indeed significant overlap between the three concepts. However, sympathy is when we see other’s experiences through our own lens and react accordingly. When empathizing, we try to relate to other’s experiences the way they are experiencing them. Lastly, validation is merely expressing your belief that someone else’s experience is inherently valid.

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