Name-calling is the use of abusive language and/or insults directed at other people or groups. It can also include relating a group or person to a negative symbol such as saying that all politicians are “stingy.” Using negative words against individuals can be debilitating.
According to “The effects of name-calling on youth mental health” on the site Openminds, name-calling can cause:
· Loss of self-esteem
· Impacted mood
· Encouraged violence
· Damaged overall well-being
· Compromised beliefs, values, and self-worth
Family members sometimes must deal with name-calling from another family member. This affects self-worth and can cause the victim to shrink from participation in the family and also with individuals outside the family.
There are things that make name-calling easier to deal with according to the Glsen article, “4 Things I Wish I Knew About Name Calling”:
Take time to get away and focus on your own mental health. Make tea. Write in a journal. Read. Get out from others and walk.
Ask for help
Reach out to a counselor. Talk to someone you trust and ask them for help.
Know it won’t last forever
As you go through life, you will develop skills in dealing with name-calling. People will grow up and stop using immature ways to bully people.
Remember you’re a valuable person
When others call you bad names to make you feel small, realize that you are continuing to grow and are so much more than hateful words.
Consequences of Name Calling, Sherri Gordon, VeryWell Family