You must have heard the saying:“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, this is far from true because words can really hurt you not physically, but psychologically and that can cause great damage.
Scientists maintain that verbal abuse in a form of bullying, cyberbullying or any bullying of a parent or spouse leads to serious physical effects on the brain structure.
Since the birth of a human being the brain starts to develop gradually, therefore the way how it will develop very much depends on the things one experiences in the childhood. It needs great amount of time and years for the cognitive abilities, personality, and self-awareness to develop.
Regarding this issue Dr. Douglas Fields in his interview for Psychology Today states, quoting:
“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.”
The American Journal of Psychiatry released a study where participants were young adults in the age span of 18 to 25who had taken a brain scan, but had no experience of sexual abuse, domestic violence, or parental physical abuse during their childhood.
However, findings showed that people who have suffered from verbal abuse from their peers during middle school had underdeveloped links between the left and right sides of the brain. Likewise, they were more susceptible to anxiety, anger and depression.
This study revealed that verbal abuse from peers during middle school years had the highest impact, and scientists explain that during this period the brain is still not fully developed thus still greatly influenced by negative impact from outside. Conclusively: “Verbal abuse can cause significant psychological problems in later years and brain damage, including depression, anxiety, anger-hostility and dissociation.”
People who are narcissists find great enjoyment in manipulating the vulnerable persons around them till they gain complete control. The easiest targets for them are sensitive or emotional individuals.
According to the study the manipulative words and actions of narcissists cause a huge, long-lasting damage to the brain, no matter if the verbal abuse happens to a child, teenager or even as an adult.
These manipulators substantially influence the self-esteem of the abused person, where the body and mind react in different way and due to this loss of balance and control is one of the main causes of anxiety disorders.
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