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Neither is she helped to cope with situations that she may find difficult or stressful, since such problems are not acknowledged.It may be expected then that she will look to other people for indications of how she should be feeling and to solve her problems for her.
On the other hand they have internalised the characteristics of the Invalidating Environment and tend to show 'self-invalidation'.
They invalidate their own responses and have unrealistic goals and expectations, feeling ashamed and angry with themselves when they experience difficulty or fail to achieve their goals.
Firstly, they show evidence of 'emotional vulnerability' as already described.
They are aware of their difficulty coping with stress and may blame others for having unrealistic expectations and making unreasonable demands.
Erratic response to this pattern of behaviour by those in the environment may then create a situation of intermittent reinforcement resulting in the behaviour pattern becoming persistent.