“Emotional expression and acceptance of that expression is critical.”
Father Edwin Leahy says this with reference to his experience as the headmaster of Newark’s Saint Benedict’s Prep school, which is an oasis of refuge and support in Newark, a city plagued by drugs, poverty and violent crime. (read the natgeo article here)
While Mr Leahy highlights the importance of acceptance particularly for young men, it is indubitable that all beings crave acknowledgement of their emotions. In fact, counsellors have stressed on the importance of validation of feelings in relationships. It is the missing key – the empathetic ear and open heart.