How bullying affects the brain

Infographic.Fraser, Dr. Jennifer

Written by: Lianne Castelino

Published: Jul 1, 2022

In this episode of the Where Parents Talk podcast, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Jennifer Fraser, teacher, author and mom about the impact of bullying on the brain; bullying behaviour among adults and proven ways to restore brain health caused by abuse — all themes in her latest book, The Bullied Brain.

Fraser, Dr. Jennifer.headshotDr. Jennifer Fraser
Author, The Bullied Brain

“…from a research point of view, I was looking at things like yelling — what does yelling in the face do to the brain? What do put-downs do? What does harassment do? What does humiliation do? You know, in our legal system, we privilege the body, we say if the body is hurt, that will be criminal. We don’t talk about what happens when the brain is hurt.

So we live in a really amazingly sort of limited way, when it comes to our own brains. Because we can’t see them, we tend to ignore them. And we lack a lot of understanding of how they operate. And yet, arguably, they’re the most important part of ourselves. And they are the absolute sort of core to leading a meaningful, healthy, and happy life, and certainly raising healthy happy children.”

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