Episode 20.5: Feeling validated
The Princess's (SD15's) therapy refrain has moved on from DH 'has no emotions' to DH 'doesn't validate my feelings'. He's not alone, I guess. Princess wanted to fire her current therapist at the treatment castle because he doesn't validate her feelings, either. I don't think that word means what she thinks it means. But heck, I don't know what it means, either.
What does that mean to feel invalidated?
Does it mean that people don't acknowledge you when you tell them how you feel? No, that can't be it because you would first have to tell someone how you feel, right? Princess is very fond of giving the cold shoulder for long stretches btwn surly one-word grunts of interaction.
Does it mean that if no one recognizes you're having a feeling, you can't feel it? Clearly not.
Does it mean that someone trying to cheer you up is denying that you're sad? Begs the question.
Does it mean you can't control how the people around you react to your feelings that you totally won't tell them you have but also secretly demand they acknowledge? I think we're getting closer.
What happens if no one can meet this impossible standard of reading your mind and reacting exactly correctly?
What if one person does? Is one enough?
How many people must adore you in just the right way before you feel validated enough to want to live?