Validation VS Diminishment

Serious question for anyone out there reading this.  When you finally find the courage to discuss your struggle, does it make you feel diminished when the person you’re talking to suddenly has all the same problems you do?   In particular when they begin to take over the conversation and what they describe is nothing like what you’re going through. (I guess I’m putting my bias into the question.)  Or does it give you a feeling of camaraderie, like the other person is trying to connect to you?

One more question.  Do you feel validated when you win an argument, even though it doesn’t really change anything?  At what point is it just not worth it?


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