When Good Samaritans Get Mugged
Your mother probably said it maybe your grandmother, too. They parroted the overused maternal maxim: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
They meant well, but let's just say that they were not being completely truthful. They wanted us to be strong in the face of criticism, verbal abuse, and the bullying behavior of others. It was like, "Hey, if there's no blood it's no big deal."