The Lonely Complainer: How to Vent More Effectively


Everybody experiences anger, frustration, loneliness and fear. When it happens, we want someone to share our sentiments in order to justify our feelings and thus provide emotional support. Seeking validation is our brain’s way of trying, in those first few moments after a shocking event, to internalize what actually happened. And we might think that a little validation is all we need.

[bra_blockquote align=”]expressing thoughts about events invites debate, whereas expressing feelings invites understanding[/bra_blockquote]

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Alicia H. Clark, PsyD