Life has surely taught you that the old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is far from true, as words can be really painful and cause huge damage at times.
According to scientists, verbal abuse, either through bullying, cyberbullying or at the hands of a parent or spouse, causes severe physical effects on the structure of the brain.
Our brain develops gradually through time, after birth, so the ways it is wired significantly depends on the things one experiences in the childhood. Cognitive abilities, personality, and self-awareness all need years to develop.
According to Dr. Douglas Fields in his interview for Psychology Today,