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I remember visiting an older cousin and she told me she didn’t think I would finish studying nursing successfully. Her reason was my introverted temperament. When I didn’t reply, she repeated her statement.
I remembered her statement when I concluded nursing and then again when I became an ophthalmic nurse.
Hmmm… I remembered how my dad verbally abused me in such a way that I suffered depression while I was still a teenager and relapsed over and over again as I grew older, so bad that I contemplated suicide as a teen.
It was exposure to psychology that made realized what had happened and still happens and took conscious steps to start working on it.

So I was meditating on word for today this morning and it inspired this post.

Wikipedia described verbal abuse as a negative defining statement told to the victim or about the victim, or by withholding any response, thereby defining the target as non-existent. If the abuser does not immediately apologize and retract the defining statement, the relationship may be a verbally abusive one.

It is also known as also known as reviling or (” verbal bullying”)
After exposure to verbal abuse, victims may develop clinical depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Despite being the most common form of abuse, verbal abuse is generally not taken as seriously as other types because there is no visible proof, and the abuser may have a “perfect” personality around others. In reality, however, verbal abuse can be as detrimental to a person’s health as physical abuse. If a person is verbally abused from childhood on, he or she may develop psychological disorders that plague them into and throughout adulthood.

It includes:
*.abusive anger
*.accusing and blaming
*.blocking and diverting
*.chronic forgetting
*.countering
*.damnation
*.denial of anger or abuse
*.judging and criticizing
*.minimization, discounting,trivializing
*.name calling
*.ordering
*.undermining
*.threatening
*.withholding
*.also age discrimination can be considered a form of verbal abuse.

An unknown Author stated that:

A careless word may kindle strife;
A cruel word may wreck a life;
A bitter word may hate instill;
A brutal word may smite and kill;
A gracious word may smooth the way;
A joyous word may light the day;
A timely word may lessen stress;
A loving word may heal and bless.

I had to memorized and pray in the scriptures below and I hope you could do same,

I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”
Psalms 39:1 NLT

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
Isaiah 50:4 NLT

I pray that God will fill our mouth with his words of wisdom and that he would renew our minds, Amen.

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