Sometimes it feels like not enough to simply empathize and validate. I have been there, I have life experience, I know what you need!
I AM MAMA BEAR HEAR ME ROAR I CAN FIX THIS FOR YOU GET OUT OF MY WAY
So then we have to empathize *enough* to remember what it’s like when empathy and validation are missing, and we get force fed solutions instead.
Definitely better to sedate the bear.