“Words damage you more than physical wounds”. There are about 37% (20.7 million people) who agree to this quote because they have been verbally abused. Verbal abuse is any behaviour that is designed to control and subjugate another human being through constant criticism to more subtle tactics, such as intimidation, manipulation, and refusal to ever be pleased. This is an attack on a soul, the very core of a person, creating scars that are far deeper and more lasting than physical ones. It is strongly argued that psychological ill effects and social difficulties brought by verbal abuse brings about worse damage than physical abuse; thus, this paper stands that verbal abuse is strongly disapproved of and should be addressed upon immediately. There are many forms of verbal abuse, such as name-calling, intentionally embarrassing the person in public, starting rumors or any way to degrade a person. Often growing up, people were told that they were “too sensitive” or that they were “too weak” for feeling hurt. But feelings are the core of people; thus, affects one’s self and results to the different negative psychological issues. If a person is abused, the victim systematically wears away self-confidence, sense of self-worth, trust in their own perceptions and self-concept, worthlessness or isolation. Eventually, the victim loses all sense of self remnants of personal value. For example, parents have the tendency to constantly criticise their children. “Why are your grades so low? Why can’t you be as good as your older brother?” or “Why did you do that without telling me? What in the world were you thinking?! You’re such a disgrace to the family!”. In some cases, parents think that by doing this, it will give their children motivation to challenge themselves to do better. It is either wise known as “reverse psychology”. But remember, children are young and innocent. They will believe in whatever they absorb. Furthermore, their...
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