Fun little trick I learned in therapy: validation. When someone is upset, don’t try to fix the problem, point out the cause, or tell them it could be worse. Just validate their emotions. Be like, ‘shit yeah man, that sucks. I’m sorry you’re going through that. I’m here for you.’ That’s literally all you have to do to make them feel better. Thank you and goodnight.
9.9 times out of 10, if I’m talking out a problem or complaining about something, this is all I want.
seriously like sometimes i just need to vent and it’s OKAY, ok?
Basically. I’ll get to the fixing part later, I just need to get it off my chest, y’dig?