EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

A SCHOOL SHOOTING



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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:
A school shooting is a wound that impacts many people in different ways. Students, teachers, and support staff are primary victims, as they are the closest to the situation, while parents (of children within the school, of victims, and even of the shooter) will all be traumatized because of what happened. This carries through to even first responders, city leaders, the media, and the community, who are all impacted by the atrocity. If you use this wound, think about how your character's personality, role, and closeness to the situation will cause different behaviors and feeling to crop up. The timeline is also important, as some responses are more immediate while others become long-term behaviors and reactions.

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Traumatic Events

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
safety and security, love and belonging, esteem and recognition

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They should have done something to stop what happened
They can’t keep their loved ones safe
They could die at any moment
You can never really know a person
People can turn on you at any minute
Violence is everywhere
With life being so short-lived, making something meaningful out of it is pointless
The world is an evil place

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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