You have probably heard that old saying “Sticks and stones my break my bones, but words will never hurt me” and you must have realized by now of how untrue that saying is. Words can really hurt sometimes and can cause severe emotional pain.
A recent study showed that verbal abuses, bullying and cyberbullying by classmates, siblings, friends and even by parents and spouses can cause physical damage on the structure of the brain.
Throughout time our brains gradually develop. Childhood is the most crucial period because that’s the time that experiences from that period leave a mark on you. Personality and self-awareness take years to develop and cognitive abilities too.
Doctor Douglas Fields said in his interview for Psychology Today said:
“When [an] environment is hostile or socially unhealthy, development of the brain is affected, and often it is impaired. Early childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, or even witnessing domestic violence, have been shown to cause abnormal physical changes in the brain of children, with lasting effects that predispose the child to develop psychological disorders.”
A study conducted by the American Journal of Psychiatry that involved a group of young adults between the ages of 18-25, who haven’t experienced any sexual abuse, parental abuse or any kind of domestic violence during their lives, underwent a brain scan.
The results showed that people who had suffered from verbal abuse from their parents during their childhood, had developed links between the left and right side of the brain, and that group of people were more prone to anger, violence, depression and anxiety.
Also the research showed that people who suffered verbal abuse from their classmates during middle school had the biggest impact. This is due to the fact that the brain is still developing.
“Verbal abuse can cause significant psychological problems in later years and brain damage, including anxiety, depression, anger-hostility and dissociation.”
People who tend to be a bit narcissistic, take great pride and pleasure in bullying others until they feel like they are in control, their victims are usually emotional and sensitive individuals.
This study also showed that the words and actions of narcissists can have a big and long-lasting effect on an individual’s brain, regardless if the verbal abuses happens to a child, teenager or even an adult.
Narcissistic manipulators enjoy in wrecking the self-esteem of a certain person, and the body and mind reacts different to every individual, this loss of balance and control is one of the leading causes for anxiety disorders.
Here is a video that can help you learn a bit more about verbal and emotional abuse.