Feeling understood = feeling seen
THE IMPORTANCE OF FEELING UNDERSTOOD
Feeling understood is directly connected to self-efficacy, self-reliance and happiness. Children are in the process of trying to make sense of the world surrounding them every day. They have to deal with numerous new and unknown impressions. Ensuring that they feel understood, provides them with a tool to make sense of the world and empowers them to explore and investigate it.
Not feeling understood is a discouraging feeling. It makes one feel left alone with one's thoughts or opinions. Children might feel left out or abandoned and in turn, doubt their own opinion and furthermore, themselves. This is counterproductive in terms of laying a foundation for self-efficacy and self-esteem in children.
Not feeling understood can fuel frustration in children and this frustration may grow to an extent to which children are then prone to feel anxious/ nervous/ aggressive.