但是在歪果仁的眼中，"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names willnever hurt me"，貌似跟我们所推崇的截然相反了。到底是怎么回事呢，我们一起来看看VOA怎么说。
There is a popular saying in the Englishlanguage: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me."
Well, that is not true.
Unkind words, name-calling or even theso-called "the silent treatment" can hurt children as much as being physically hit, sometimes even more so.
A recent study of middle school childrenshowed that verbal abuse by other children can harm development in the brain.The study was a project of researchers at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts.
Researcher Martin Teicher and his team studied young adults, ages 18 to 25. These young men and women had no experience with domestic violence, sexual abuse or physical abuse by theirparents.
The researchers asked the young people to rate their childhood exposure to verbal abuse from both parents and other children. Then the researchers performed imaging tests on the brains of the subjects.
The images showed that the individuals who reported suffering verbal abuse from their peers in middle school had underdeveloped connections between the left and right side of the brain.
The two sides of the brain are connected by a large bundle of connecting fibers called the corpus callosum. This was the area that was underdeveloped.
The middle school years are a time when these brain connections are developing. So, unkind, hurtful comments from children or adults during this period had the greatest effect.
The researchers tested the mental and emotional condition of all the young people in the study. The tests showed that this same group of individuals had higher levels of fear, depression, anger and drug abuse than others in the study.
The researchers published their findings online on the American Journal of Psychiatry's website.
We cannot control what other people say to our children. But we can prepare them. A website called CreativeWithKids.com suggests 64 things that all children need to hear.
Here, are our top 10.
I am curious what you think.
You are creative.
I believe in you.
You can ask for help.
You make me smile
I have faith in you.
You are imperfect. So am I.
You are a good friend.
I will do my best to keep you safe.
Trust your instincts.
verbal abuse n.语言暴力
【原文】The images showed that the individuals who reported suffering verbalabuse from their peers in middle school had underdeveloped connections betweenthe left and right side of the brain.
【解析】先把句子简单化：The images showed that the individuals had underdevelopedconnections between the left and right side of the brain图像显示这些人的左脑和右脑之间协调连接欠佳。
后面是who引导的定语从句，修饰individuals，who reported suffering verbal abuse from their peers in middleschool，是自称在中学遭受了同龄人语言暴力的那些人。
There is a popular saying 俗话说
even more so 甚至更甚