EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

A LIFE-THREATENING ACCIDENT



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Emotional wounds will steer a character's behavior, corrupt his worldview, and cause negative traits to form. To understand exactly how this occurs, please read our tutorial for the Wound Thesaurus.

NOTE: We realize that sometimes a wound we profile may have personal meaning, stirring up the past for some of our readers. It is not our intent to create emotional turmoil. Please know that we research each wounding topic carefully to treat it with the utmost respect.
EXAMPLES:
A transportation accident involving a car, boat, train, or plane
A carnival ride malfunction
Falling through a rotten floor (in a home, a condemned building, a wooden bridge, etc.)
Ground that gives way (due to snow covering a crevasse, a sink hole, etc.)
Falling through the ice on a lake
An accidental electrocution
Becoming tangled in underwater debris and nearly drowning
Being attacked by a wild animal
A rock-climbing fall due to malfunctioning gear
Falling out a window or off a roof
Construction accidents
A pedestrian or cyclist being run over by a vehicle
Being trampled by animals (a stampede) or people (in a riot, Black Friday insanity, etc.)
One’s clothing getting caught in machinery
Being buried (due to a sand pile collapsing, an avalanche, stepping in quicksand, etc.)

WOUND CATEGORY:
Traumatic Events

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
physiological needs, safety and security, esteem and recognition, self actualization

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They're only safe in their own home; the world is too dangerous
A boring life is better than being dead
People only see their scars
They can never be who they were before this happened
Death is everywhere, so pursuing anything permanent (a family, dreams, etc.) is a waste of time
They could die any time, so there's no point in worrying about safety
They can’t trust their instincts
The world does not need to be explored
Others should make decisions for them since they're too stupid to be in charge

THE CHARACTER MAY FEAR:
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POSSIBLE RESPONSES AND RESULTS:
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POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES THAT MAY RESULT:
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NEGATIVE TRAITS THAT MAY RESULT:
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TRIGGERS THAT MIGHT AGGRAVATE THIS WOUND:
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STEPS TOWARD HEALING:
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OPPORTUNITIES TO FACE OR OVERCOME THIS WOUND:
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