Your friend is complaining about a problem in a relationship...

Your child won’t eat breakfast and the clock is ticking down to departure time... 


Your aging father says you don’t pay enough attention to him...


What do you say?

Finding the right words to say to manage the ordinary situations in life is challenging.

Being able to respond effectively to everyday situations is not as easy as we think it should be.  Discover the critical role that validation plays in relations and communications with others.



I'm Dr. Evelyn Sommers and I have written Acceptance: The defining voice of Validation to explain the concept and put it together with practical ideas for integrating validation into your way communicating.

It's a book about how to communicate with children and adults alike so they feel understood, heard, loved and less alone in the world.

It is a book about you.

Through stories and analysis I address both sides of the validation problem working from the premises that:

  • Lack of validation produces emotional stuckness.

  • Validation, or the acceptance of feelings and perceptions, is central to being able to move on psychologically from a place of emotional stuckness.


by Paula Caplan, PhD

for 'Acceptance: The Defining Voice of Validation'

"This is no goody-goody book but one that compellingly draws our attention to what in our hurried, overburdened lives too easily gets lost, that is, the essential human need for acceptance and validation."

"An impressive and illuminating addition to the understanding of the psychology of validation.  Highly recommended."

                                                                         Jon Harvey, Ph.D.

If you want to:

  • Raise emotionally & psychologically strong children

  • Communicate effectively with friends & family

  • Have a better understanding of your own feelings

  • Lessen your anxiety...

Available in soft cover and digital download.

In Toronto: available at Caversham Booksellers (visit website)