Do we ever think about the way we respond to what someone says, even if what they’ve said isn’t rude or offensive and yet we still take offence and retaliate?
When we use words in a negative way that insults, belittles and pulls people down in a way to gain power over them, we’ve crossed the line and it becomes a form of verbal bullying. Many people’s lives continue to be destroyed by this type of behaviour in school, in the work place, in families and at home.
In families it seems to have become more commonplace because of stress and experiences that set to challenge unresolved issues. Fortunately, we do know when we’re doing it, but it’s not something we will always admit to doing, particularly if someone confronts us with it.
Unfortunately, and you may have heard it said, it’s a habit that has the ability to spill into other areas of our lives too, if we let it.