Husband not validating feelings

05-Nov-2015 17:57

Validation is a skill that’s so very elusive to many of us.

In fact, it’s often left unexplained in our families, churches and culture.

Mary eventually confronted him: “Yes, Robert, you have all those qualities, but you don’t give me what I want.” Throughout their marriage he played the role of the good husband, Finally he realized that he was a good husband only if Mary felt loved by him.

Mary wanted a husband that focused first on loving her and the kids and then on completing tasks.

Fortunately they broke this negative cycle by learning to validate each other’s feelings.

Mark began to validate Tiffany by saying, “I can see how upsetting that was for you. ” Now their sharing leads to greater emotional intimacy.

Other important occasions for validation might be when a deep or vulnerable disclosure is being made—especially if it’s for the first time.Joe, a successful physician, and Sylvia, a marketing executive, complained about their unfulfilling marriage and stressful lives.

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