Each one of our emotions has a purpose and knowing how to Validate them first helps us to control them and then learn what to do next. This skill is so powerful in teaching you how to understand their true purpose.
Since we have been journeying through the Emotion Regulation part of DBT we have gotten to the Changing your Emotion and Opposite Action. This is where we move from validation into action. We identify the initial urge we feel when the emotion pops up and what action we need to engage in to start to conquer the emotion. These simple acts of recognizing the emotion, validating it and then deciding what to do next is starting to add up. You will start to see where the change is happening. Find the chart and other information at http://www.findingmiddlepath.com.