Invalidation is the product of an absence of empathy. It is the act of purposefully denying, rejecting, negatively judging, and/or ignoring expressed experience, thoughts, actions, or emotions. It can be overt as is typical in aggressive bullying tactics, as well as covert, subtle & insidious as seen in gaslighting. Invalidation is at the core of all abuse whether physical, psychological, emotional and/or sexual.

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