“The impact of verbal aggression and abuse tends to be discounted and marginalized in our culture; there seems to be an unspoken agreement that such abuse is “only words,” as people cite the children’s rhyme: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt me.”
But science couldn’t be more categorical in its disagreement, especially when it comes to children, their developing brains, and the lasting effects of verbal abuse.”
Words matter, especially words spoken to children while their brain and self-identity are still developing. It’s not right to verbally abuse anyone, even adults, but the far-reaching effects of verbal abuse on children who look to adults to help them identify who they are, can be devastating. Read on and learn more.