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Basically, regardless of where it’s coming from – ourselves or others – invalidation is a form of emotional abuse. Invalidation can be subtle or overt, but it always has the same effect: to make us feel small and insignificant.
We all have opinions (some of them are definitely Opinions) and we’re all entitled to them. But a lifetime of being told that you’re wrong, either in overt ways such as someone saying “That’s not right!” or in more subtle ways such as dismissing or ignoring something you just said, has a huge impact on us over time.

Invalidation is a when someone denies or rejects our feelings, thoughts, and experiences and most women have been on the receiving end of that their whole lives. Invalidation makes us feel less worthy or valuable and over time, we can find that the ones invalidating us is ourselves.

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