EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

A PARENT'S DIVORCE



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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.

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NOTES:
The intensity of this wound will have several factors: the circumstances of the divorce, the personality, age, and adaptability of the character when the trauma took place (especially if during formative years), and the changes that result (a new financial reality, whether one must move or not, whether one lives mainly with one parent or equally with both, one's support structure, and the relationship one has with each parent moving forward).

There are short-term effects and long-term effects regarding divorce--this entry will highlight the impact this wound has on adult or near-adult characters, so encompassing more the "long rage" impacts.

WOUND CATEGORY:
Misplaced Trust and Betrayals, Traumatic Events, Abandonment

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

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They're the reason their parents split up
There’s no such thing as a long-term relationship
If they love someone completely, they'll end up hurt
Love is only temporary
Marriage is for suckers
Everyone keeps secrets, so they can’t trust anyone
Keeping the peace means keeping your mouth shut
There’s always something better out there

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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