It’s amazing how words can do that, just shred your insides apart.
Verbal abuse is just as affective as physical abuse. It seems to get brushed off to the side a lot, becoming the ‘norm’ in relationships between family, spouses, and friends. We tend to see Verbal abuse as just ‘words that causes no type of physical harm whatsoever’. However, this abuse can be seen as way more common than physical abuse because it is something that happens at any time, at any place, almost everyday.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
Yeah, right. To be honest, words hurt a lot and they can do a lot of damage to the mind. Words aren’t just words. There are a lot of people who replay their days in their minds– I’m one of them. No matter what goes on throughout the day, what people say to me sticks in my head. Actually, a lot of people can relate to that. We all use words to express how we feel about someone or something and there are certain people who rather use them to break someone down.
For example, when I was in grammar school, there was this boy who had a very hard time learning how to pronounce ‘indecisive’. This girl kept calling him stupid every time the teacher called on him to say the word. One day in class, the boy just broke down and said ‘I’m not stupid, you’re hurting my feelings’. When you repeatedly verbally abuse someone it takes a toll on their mind and body. They start to believe what you’re saying and it leads to low self-esteem as well as self harm.
Verbal abuse can happen in the work place, at family gatherings, and even at outings with your friends. Even if you consider yourself having ‘thick skin’ just remember that we’re all human beings with feelings who deserve to be uplifted. No one wants to hear your hate.
So, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.