04 Dec The Legacy of Verbal Abuse
Adults who were verbally abused as children often suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety or depression, and have a sense of being ‘not good enough’, at their core. Such experiences are often dismissed as ‘no big deal’, by the parent and then the child (as a way of coping and because this becomes their ‘normal’) and by society in general, and since it is often done in private, and there are no bruises or broken bones, the pain caused is often not witnessed or validated by others. As a result, the child often grows up feeling bad but feeling they don’t have a reason for their pain, leading to further self-doubt and self-invalidation, which can effect everything from personal relationships to physical and mental health.
This article outlines what we now know are the effects of childhood verbal abuse;