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Growing up many children remember hearing the rhyme sticks and stones may break my bone but words will never hurt me In truth and often times words hurt as much as any sticks or stones Not only words but any kind of emotional abuse such as neglect or being around a violent environment How the parents raise their children is imperative to the childs growth and the childs future as an adult Many question the validity of the statement How much so is a childs life affected by years of emotional and physical abuse It is now known that the brain is like plastic an organ molded over the years through life experience and genes A single traumatic experience can alter an adults brain soul murder Fear for example is evident in abused and neglected children These children will often have their grades fall because they are too busy watching the teacher and people around them for threatening gestures and not listen to what they say Straus In a group of neglected children the cortex thinking part of the brain is twenty percent smaller than average soul murder If not properly spotted these symptoms could lead to a high risk of developing mental illnessFor some children a loving adult can serve as a powerful antidote to abuse and neglect Parents who lack the ability to bond will often display rejecting behavior toward a child They will tell himher that heshe is unwanted They may also tell the child to leave call him or her names and tell the child he or she is worthless They may show no interest in the child express affection or even recognize the childs presence The child becomes the family scapegoat being blamed for all the familys problems Parents may not show attachment to the child or provide nurturance Many times the parents are physically there but emotionally unavailable Researchers now believe loving relationships also can help older children reset
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