When is speech violence?
The New York Times - 07/14/2017
Which is more harmful: the punch or the threat?
The answer might seem obvious, says Lisa Feldman Barrett, professor of psychology at Northeastern University. But scientifically speaking, it’s not that simple. Words can have a powerful effect on your nervous system, she says. Certain types of adversity, even those involving no physical contact, can make you sick, alter your brain — even kill neurons — and shorten your life.