Feelings. Such a lame word. And when it comes to feelings, no word is more triggering than triggering. Don’t even get me started on validate. I’m a therapist, and even I cringe having to use clichéd, therapist-y terms. Ick. But, similar to moist, some words are perfectly succinct and sum things up no matter how much we shudder at the sound of them. So if you’re skittish about feelings that are being validated, let this sentence serve as your trigger warning.
For the rest of you who haven’t gouged your eyes out, I encourage you to read on and do your best to tolerate these terms, because you’re going to need practice with tolerance if you want to have healthy relationships with people.