Psychological Effects of Shouting to Children
There are times that dealing with children brings out the best as well as the worst in us. During difficult situation, we tend to extend our patience to the maximum level and yet there are also times that we cannot handle it and we burst out. We get mad and we shout or yell to our children. There are also types of parents who are considered as “yeller” parents whereas, in order for them to make their child follow what they say, they shout in command.
Based on research, children who experienced constant shouting or yelling from home suffers from mental health that lingers on a long-term effect. Just try to imagine, a teenage child, after being shouted nonstop, may choose to go out and take a break, just to get some fresh air for a while from that environment. Whereas a child has no other choice but to stay in that place and listen to the yelling things. To explore the topic further, I have come up with a list of effects of yelling to toddlers so as to help us understand it better.
1. It greatly impacts self-confidence.
Based on studies, children who are frequently being shouted by their parents tend to develop a huge damage to their self-image. They often see themselves as unworthy beings and that they do not bring any good in this place. As a result, when they have to go out of the house, they experience inferiority complex.
2. It develops aggression.
Due to frequent yelling experiences that they had, children begin to imitate what they experienced. They put into action the things that they have experienced and they apply the things that their parents showed them. If a child grew up with yeller parents, this child will manifest aggression or violent behavior towards others. When a child begins to interact with others, he tends to be difficult to deal with and it will affect his social interaction.
3. They are governed by fear.
Shouting or yelling leads to the development of fear towards parents. And we all know that fear is a negative thing because it is not something permanent. They become silent or quiet for years. Time will come that these children will overcome such fear and they will behave negatively about such changes. It is much better to develop respect rather than fear through shouting.
4. Problems in concentration.
Children who grew up in a noisy environment due to yelling tend to have difficulty in concentrating. They find it difficult to give focus in what ever they are doing. They are even easily distracted especially by loud sounds or shouts because they have the previous experience of being shouted at.
No matter what the reason is, we all know now that shouting or yelling brings no good to the mental and psychological being of children. It simply does not work and it does not solve the problem at hand. It simply threatens the child to follow at the moment but elicits negative response psychologically. This creates a long-term effect which may possibly ruin the self-confidence and self-view of children.
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