You have probably experienced a sinking feeling in your stomach following criticism, an attack, a put-down or a nasty remark. Some children have a thick skin and laugh it off, but you may experience it like an arrow through the heart. If you have been bullied or harassed for years, you will feel very bruised and battered. This lowers your self-esteem further: your social skills deteriorate, you withdraw from others, and other areas of your life, such as schoolwork or health, become problematic. A downward spiral is created.
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