Though he apologized, it must not be repeated elsewhere.
If we make fun of someone, it means that we are actually belittling, humiliating and even insulting others who end up harming ourselves.
If we make fun of someone, it means that we are actually belittling, humiliating and even insulting others. This only ends up harming ourselves.
According to the United States Mental Health Association, 95 percent of the mental health problems we deal with today can be eliminated if everyone uses this two-word reception: "disrespectful or belittle" others.
Belittle is to mean to express a low opinion of; open condemnation with intent to discredit. This means taking a judgmental and critical attitude in a way that reduces one's self-esteem.
There are many ways to humiliate others including feeling superior, cynical, sarcastic, irritable, frustrated, unfriendly, unresponsive, giving advice, overprotective, impatient and not celebrating important events in life.
Evil acts, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, burglary, poor academic performance, addiction and conflict in the workplace can be detected through acts of harassment or belittling.
How often are you harassed; several times a week, a day, how intense or severe the “decline” is, and how long you have had a blow to your self-esteem - that’s what to consider
Frequency, intensity and endurance show the extent to which one's self-esteem declines.
Disrespectful acts can occur in all relationships, at home, classrooms, communities, workplaces, hospitals, sports clubs, places of worship and the country.
Leaders (parents, teachers, bosses, supervisors, priests, politicians, community leaders, doctors, nurses) play an important role in determining the ethics of the social system they control.
Leaders who like to harass or belittle can create a dark ethos, when the act becomes a habit.
The antidote to acts of harassment or belittling is to elevate oneself, to respect differences, to value the uniqueness and talent of each person and to encourage them to value themselves.
The most important thing is to be loving and affectionate, and to celebrate the expression of each individual in relation to their uniqueness.
What we do not know is that those who harass others are actually trying to protect their sense of inferiority and fear that they will be humiliated.
Underestimating or belittling others is the result of personal experiences that are now being done to free oneself from fear.
We may need support from a friend, or from a counselling psychologist to help us break free from defensive behaviour.
If not, we will continue to imagine their presence where we interact sustainably.
Only when we recognize and take action against the harassment of others will we see that we must value ourselves before being ready to assert and elevate others.
Azizi Ahmad New Straits Times Letters 21 February 2021