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consolation

Why children need to be listened to.

I was not particularly bullied as a child. Although I wasn't really popular either. I don't know what my excuse is for hiding behind a stack of books.

The Lessons My Bullies Taught Me, April 15, 2010
What my bullies taught me:
* I don't matter. My suffering is not important.
* I am socially unacceptable, worthy only of rejection.
* I'm weak, a loser, destined to be a social bottom-feeder, or worse, absolutely alone.
* The best I can hope for, in my relationships with others, is to be left alone.
* I am a fundamentally unlikeable person.

What the adults taught me:
* I'm unworthy of help.
* To identify or talk about a problem is to whine or feel sorry for myself.
* When I ask for help, I will not get it.
* The way other people behave toward me, no matter how bad, is my fault.
* I am a fundamentally unlikeable person.

Comments

Wow, that's very profound.