Can verbal abuse affect your brain?

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Offline thedoc

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Can verbal abuse affect your brain?
« on: 11/05/2015 20:50:01 »
izzy asked the Naked Scientists:
   
I heard you earlier on radio norfolk talking about boxers and the effect it has on their brain. If someone is continually verbally abused for 2 or 3 hours at a time can this have an effect on the brain?

What do you think?
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Re: Can verbal abuse affect your brain?
« Reply #1 on: 12/05/2015 00:02:17 »
Definitely, but it might not be the best way of effecting a desired change.
It used to be believed that it was possible to beat learning into children. We now know that this is possible, but reward is a much better motivator and children learn more quickly.
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Re: Can verbal abuse affect your brain?
« Reply #2 on: 12/05/2015 18:57:06 »
People who are continually abused (verbally or otherwise) suffer from severe stress, which increases levels of cortisol, damages their immune systems, interferes with sleep, etc. It's not a healthy environment.

Children who are never praised or loved have no real support in life - it leaves them emotionally scarred for life.

The obvious pattern of physical damage to the brain and body in boxing is different from the more subtle pattern of emotional and hormonal damage which occurs with verbal abuse.