Sticks and stones may break my bones. But words will never hurt me.
As a child you may have been taught this popular saying. Perhaps you’ve even repeated it in response to an insult or insensitive remark. But it is true? Well…not exactly. There’s no question that physical objects can cause pain. But words can cause pain too. If you spend any amount of time on social media then you already know this. People are most often hurt by insults, lies and innuendo hurled at them by strangers, friends and (sadly) even family members. Words do hurt. And they can leave a lasting impression ingrained in our memory banks that can be recalled at any point in time.