84180856A new study reports that kids victimized by bullies develop abnormal brains that may make them more susceptible to depression and other psychological problems. Harvard University researcher Martin Teicher, who oversaw the blockbuster study, has long been researching the ways that young people are harmed when they experience or witness physical abuse in family settings.
"The reason I think that verbal abuse is so powerful is that individuals exposed to it repeat it to themselves," Teicher tells The Upshot. "When you're told things about yourself--when you're told that you're fat or that you're ugly or that you're a spaz--you wind up in a situation where that voice gets incorporated in your thinking. You wind up in a repetitive pattern of humiliation.
"We're wounded in a way that's enduring by our exposure. It's really important to be mindful--and very important, I think, for teachers in school to not allow it."Read More »from New research: Bullying hurts kids’ brains