Character The Answer to Bully BehaviorOur bodies react physically to verbal insults, regardless of our age, according to Strouse and as evidenced by Klein’s reaction in the video. “How the brain processes an insult or a critical remark is phenomenal,” Strouse says. “There is pupil dilation, the body temperature rises, the volume of the voice rises if we decide to reply to the name-caller—and this all happens in ‘rapid-time’—so it’s not going to be that easy for a youngster to combat a mean word with a wry come-back.”