EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

A NOMADIC CHILDHOOD



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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:
Growing up in a military family where one had to move often
Having parents who struggled to find work and were always traveling to where the jobs were
Having a parent who was transferred often at work due to a specialization
Being abducted by one’s parent (perhaps without knowing) and constantly moving as a result
Parents who were addictsand moved frequently because of financial difficulties or evictions
One’s parent being a diplomat who traveled a lot
Parents whose jobs required them to move on assignment (historians, missionaries, scientists studying an aspect of nature or geography, etc.)
Being part of the foster care system
Having parents who were homeless
Living in a war-torn country where one had to move around for safety
Having a parent who lived in fear of being found (by a violent ex-spouse, due to being a criminal, because they were illegal immigrants, etc.)
Living with a paranoid or delusional caregiver who believed they were being followed, watched, stalked, or targeted in some way

WOUND CATEGORY:
Specific Childhood Wounds

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
physiological needs, safety and security, love and belonging

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
Staying in one place means trouble
Nothing is permanent
Relationships are only temporary
They don’t belong anywhere
Getting attached means getting hurt
Sticking around means settling
If they stay in one place too long, they'll be trapped
They're happier on the road

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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