EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

A PHYSICAL ASSAULT



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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:
Getting beaten up by unknown assailants (e.g., jumped by a gang, a hate group, or peers at school)
Being hit or physically harmed by a family member
Being mugged
Being attacked by a single person (in a bar fight, for looking at someone’s girlfriend, etc.)
Interceding to protect another and becoming targeted

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Traumatic Events

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

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They're weak—an easy target
Only constant vigilance will keep them safe
Violence must be met with violence
They can’t trust people of that gender (or race, ethnicity, etc.)
The authorities can't protect anyone
Getting involved is never worth the pain. People have to solve their own problems
If they get involved, they'll just let other people down

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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