Do we ever think about the way we respond to what someone says without taking offence, 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.
Unfortunately, in families it seems to have become more commonplace because of stress and experiences that set to challenge our unresolved issues and everyday thoughts. Fortunately, we do know when we’re doing it, but perhaps it’s not something we will always admit to doing, particularly if someone confronts us with it.
Unfortunately, and I have heard it said many times before, but it’s a habit that has the ability to spill into other areas of our lives too if we let it.