“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” As I get older, like many of us I guess, being called names has limited impact.
Words though do still have the power to hurt. The pain is just as bad even if the words were not deliberately used to cause the hurt.
Too many people don’t think about how words may be received before they are spoken. How words may be received is just as important as the message they are trying to convey in my opinion.
Everyone needs to think about how they would react if they were on the receiving end of the words before letting loose. I don’t have a huge amount of time for people who say something that causes hurt and once it is pointed out to them say “I didn’t think” or “that wasn’t my intention”.
The simplest way to look at it I guess is before you speak put yourself in the recipient’s shoes and think how would you would feel if someone said that to you.