Invalidating environment dbt

Since at its heart, DBT is a treatment that focuses on emotion, I could make the argument that all four sets of skills tap into components of emotion regulation.However, I’ll focus just on what we teach during the emotion regulation module.Emotionally escalated responses (e.g, screaming, attacking, threatening self-harm) can pull for more invalidation from one’s environment and at the same time, our clients typically lack the skills to have their needs met in other ways.Some of the skills our clients lack are the ones needed to effectively regulate their emotions; so many of their difficulties stem from problematic attempts to do so.They have difficulty identifying and regulating their emotions.They learn to scan the environment for cues on how to respond in a given situation.

Their emotional reactions stay elevated, and thus what ends up happening is that they never quite return to “baseline” because they are still highly sensitive to emotional cues; there is always something else in the environment that is going to provoke a response.“It completely makes sense that you are looking to others to figure out how to respond because you’ve been told your whole life that you’re overreacting or making too big a deal out of things.” I also think this can be incredibly useful and even validating to parents.It is so hard to be an emotionally vulnerable person walking around in this world and at the same time, it can be so hard to parent a person who is so vulnerable to emotions.They start treatment without the skills to label or describe their emotions.They maintain beliefs such as their emotions will last forever if they allow themselves to experience them.

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