Words can sometimes hurt you more than everything. Scientists explain that verbal abuse is the worst form of abuse, regardless of whether it’s through bullying, cyberbullying or domestic violence.
It damages the structure of the brain. Human brain develops over time, and the development is largely affected by numerous factors.
Your cognitive abilities, personality or self-awareness take years to develop.
“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,” explains Dr. Douglas Fields in his interview for Psychology Today.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, verbal abuse affects the link between the left and the right hemisphere of the brain.
Scientists observed young adults aged between 18 and 25. The results were obtained through a brain scan. The victims of verbal abuse were more prone to anger, depression, and anxiety.
The study revealed that bullying in middle school years has the worst impact on a person’s brain development, because the brain isn’t fully developed in that stage of life.
“Verbal abuse can cause significant psychological problems in later years and brain damage, including anxiety, depression, anger-hostility and dissociation,” scientists reveal.
Narcissists try to gain control over people in their surrounding. They often target sensitive and emotional individuals.
These people use manipulative words and actions, and cause a severe damage to their victims’ brain, regardless of their age.
Manipulators first attack the self-esteem of their victim, and the person loses both balance and control. This leads to the development of severe anxiety disorders.
Watch the video below for more information on emotional and verbal abuse.