People don’t “get over things” until it’s been acknowledged, validated, and sometimes even honored- by themselves and sometimes, by an important “other”.
However, when the important “other” is not available (deceased, not real, emotionally unavailable, unwilling) or unable to bear witness, people can feel &/or become quite stuck.
Symptoms and behaviors can appear and create dysfunction.
It’s then, that the real work becomes in the individual learning how to: understand the underlying dynamics, establish acknowledgment and validation within themselves, authentic enough to allow a new, hopeful, and resilient future narrative to emerge.
Have you ever felt stuck?
Did the simple act of validation help you?