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“Toinvalidatemeans to cancel something or make it void, as if it never happened. Ininvalidateyou see the word valid which means true or correct. When youinvalidatesomething you are making it less true, less official, or less correct.” (vocabulary.com, March 2021).
The meaning above can be applied to things you experience. It can be caused by other people and events. It can make you question your thoughts, feelings, emotions, experiences and reactions. It can make you feel awful. And people sometimes don’t even realise they are doing this to you.
When you tell someone that what they feel isn’t justified or to just stop feeling that way, then you are invalidating the way they feel. You are telling them what they are feeling is not true and not correct…
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