In some families, the invalidation becomes extreme, leading to physical abuse and even murder.However, invalidation can also be accomplished by verbal manipulations that invalidate in ways both subtle and confusing.” This post will discuss two aspects of invalidation that Dr. The first involves the relationship between the concept of invalidation and a similar concept from family systems pioneer Paul Watzlawick that he called . When I first read Linehan, I thought of a similar concept that I had read about in a classic book in family systems theory by Watzlawick, Beavin, and Jackson first published way back in 1967 called .Growing up in an environment perceived as invalidating is one factor commonly discussed as contributing to the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD).Coupled with a genetic tendency to be over-emotional, an invalidating environment is theorized to be one of the two major causes of BPD.But taken together and combined with the biological predisposition, BPD can result.
I tell these people that everyone has something, there are no perfect individuals to compare yourself to, and there is hope.An invalidating environment is not the same thing as an abusive environment, although abusive relationships are certainly invalidating.Invalidation can be quite subtle and may reflect a general way of interacting.The second idea is that when children in a family are continually invalidated by their parents, they start to give them what the children think they want: saying and doing things which literally invite other people to invalidate them. I at first thought that maybe Linehan was re-discovering the wheel, but then I went back to the old book to look at how they defined disqualification.To my surprise, disqualification is something one does to oneself, not to someone else.