The Bullied Brain
By Greg Bach
While there’s increased attention and awareness surrounding bullying these days, and zero tolerance policies abound, these horrific and destructive behaviors continue to be an epidemic among children in all areas of society.
“All forms of bullying and abuse hurt the brain,” says Dr. Jennifer Fraser, a best-selling author, award-winning educator, and mother. “If you get abused or bullied, you suffer neurological scars – they can be seen on brain scans. And hurt brains hurt other brains, creating this infectious, cyclical, damaging world that we live in today. But we have the capacity to heal it.”
Fraser is the author of the highly acclaimed new book THE BULLIED BRAIN: HEAL YOUR SCARS AND RESTORE YOUR HEALTH, which renowned neuroscientist Dr. Michael Merzenich calls “scientifically the most thorough treatment of the subject on planet earth.”
“The key message of the book is that every single brain has neuroplasticity and that means we have the capacity to change our brains and make them be as healthy as we want,” Fraser says. “So just like we go to the gym, and we work out our bodies to make them strong, resilient, and flexible, we could be doing the same thing every single day with our brains. And that’s what I want people to know because it’s so empowering.”
She lays out a step-by-step program of evidence-based practices that anyone can use to help keep their brains healthy while opening the door to leading happy, healthy, and high-performing lives.
But it requires focus and effort.
“Coaches understand that anything you want to achieve requires daily practice and work and that mentality is exactly the same with brain health,” Fraser says. “You don’t snap your fingers and get a sculpted brain and get healthy and fit – you have to work at it. It requires self-belief and deliberate practice.”
The first part of The Bullied Brain outlines what the research doctors, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists and neuroscientists have gathered that shows the harm done by bullying and abuse to your brain, and how you can be empowered to protect yourself and all others.
“If you get abused or bullied you suffer neurological scars,” Fraser says. “They can be seen on brain scans.”
The second part of the book provides case studies of adults and children who have undergone focused training to heal their neurological scars and restore their health. These accessible and practical lessons can be integrated into your life.
“We have to look at the statistics that tell us from 2000 to 2018 youth suicides – that’s 10-year-olds to 24-year-olds – increased 57 percent,” Fraser points out. “So we have got to say to ourself: we’re doing something wrong; we are really messing up. Our kids are not healthy. They are not mentally healthy, they are not physically healthy; and we have got to change what we do. And I truly believe the answer is neuroscience.”
Follow Dr. Jennifer Fraser on Instagram @bulliedbrain and Twitter @bulliedbrain.
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