EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

AN ABUSE OF POWER



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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:
Being a victim of police brutality
Being set up for a crime one didn’t commit
Being sexually abused by an authority figure (a teacher, member of the clergy, police officer, etc.)
Being deliberately misled or threatened by an employer, causing one to act unethically
One’s land or home being ruined, taken, or reassigned at the government’s whim
An elderly person being neglected by those being paid to provide care
Being publicly humiliated by a person in authority
Being abused or mistreated by one’s parent or guardian
Being victimized by a financial advisor or institution
Donating to a cause and learning that the money was used for someone’s personal gain
Being fired or laid offillegitimately
Having one’s ideas or work stolenby the person or organization it was entrusted to
A media outlet misrepresenting the facts to achieve its own goals
A ruler or organization that uses money, intimidation, or influence to circumvent the law

WOUND CATEGORY:
Injustice and Hardship, Misplaced Trust and Betrayals

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're so stupid they'd fall for anything
No powerful person or organization is trustworthy
No one is looking out for them so they have to look out for themselves
They'll always be under the thumb of others
They were targeted because they were weak
They run the risk of being victimized if someone else is in charge
Their own judgment can't be trusted
Placing faith in leaders of any kind is foolish because all power corrupts
Justice is blind when it comes to money and influence

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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