Validation in DBT refers to offering the client verbal and nonverbal support and confirmation.

The emphasis on validation in DBT grew out of observations in the late 1970s that many clients experienced behavioral therapy as invalidating; this led to resistance and sometimes withdrawal from therapy.

According to the biosocial model, people with BPD frequently have differences in their neurotransmitter and neurological functioning.

Research has shown that they many have neurotransmitter issues that make them more emotional, aggressive, or reactive to stimuli – making them more prone to emotionally intense experiences.

One of the four options we have in any problem situation is acceptance.

Validation is one way that we communicate acceptance of ourselves and others. When your best friend or a family member makes a decision that you really don't think is wise, validation is a way of supporting them and strengthening the relationship while maintaining a different opinion.

During DBT therapy, people with Borderline Personality Disorder are taught the acronym CLEAR to learn the process of validating.

If you are interacting with someone with BPD, try using the following techniques to help them feel validated in their thoughts and feelings: As you are validating the other person, keep in mind that it’s not important that you agree with what they are thinking or feeling.

Knowing the six levels of validation as identified by Marsha Linehan, Ph. Being present for yourself means acknowledging your internal experience and sitting with it rather than "running away" from it, avoiding it, or pushing it away. Even happiness or excitement can feel uncomfortable at times.

Often one of the reasons other people are uncomfortable with intense emotion is that they don't know what to say.

People with BPD have usually been invalidated throughout life which leads to emotional sensitivity.

For example, imagine a child who is hungry or frustrated trying to communicate this to his or her parents but being told that their feelings don’t matter over and over again.

Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) may be possible, and the roots lie in understanding the biosocial model.