- What is an example of belittling someone?
- What is belittling behavior?
- How do you belittle someone?
- Why do people belittle others?
- Is belittling bad?
- Why would someone try to belittle you?
- Is belittled a feeling?
- What do you call a person who belittles others?
The following are examples of what belittling looks like: Yelling or screaming at you to get a reaction. Insulting you — calling you fat, ugly or stupid — or criticizing your parenting skills or intelligence. Ignoring how you feel, disregarding your opinion or failing to recognize your contributions.
The definition of “belittle” can be easily surmised from the two words that it is made up of, “be” and “little.” Said another way, belittling is language or behavior that literally makes someone feel small, unimportant, inferior or minimized.
Saying mean things about another person literally makes them feel “little.” To belittle someone is a cruel way of making someone else seem less important than yourself. A candidate for office might belittle his opponent by pointing out during a press conference that his fellow candidate has an inferior intellect.
The need to feel superior to others is a major cause for people who put others down. Psychology says those who feel this need bully to knock others down. They may feel superior in that they can assert their dominance over another person. It could also make them feel strong or powerful to beat another person down.
Belittling can have a most egregious impact upon the life of a child. “Constantly belittling, threatening or ignoring children can be as damaging to their mental health as physical or sexual abuse.” (Goodwin, 2012, Online) The graver issue with belittling is that it leaves no visible or recognizable scars.
Why do people belittle others? People put others down because they feel bad about themselves. Put downs hurt others. A group of people can also belittle others.
Belittling is the intentional act of making another feel worthless, empty, and dismissed. It is one of many forms of psychological and emotional abuse. If a parent is the perpetrator of the act of belittling, he/she may feel insecure, doubtful or lacking confidence in his/her own person.
Disparager, faultfinder, denigrator. Someone given to more intensive belittling would be a detractor, castigator, vilifier, traducer.