This repost of a February 2013 article which was originally entitled:
Power of others’ words to shape our self-concept
It now has new life due to this site’s story focus!
“Spotting and celebrating the different” has been a talent and sensitivity that’s been great for my business. As a writer, a public relations strategist and creator of unique marketing materials, it’s been a gift.
Original article follows:
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s a sing-songy phrase children were taught to use to “hit back” when they were made fun of or when they were being bullied.
I used it once when I was young and under verbal assault. I don’t remember what the insult was. I do remember thinking, “Yah, the magic little ditty? It isn’t doing anything for me.” [Continue reading]