EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BECOMING A CAREGIVER AT AN EARLY AGE



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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:
Caring for siblings because one's parents were addicts, neglectful, absentee, or mentally ill
As a new adult, taking full responsibility of siblings upon the death of one’s parents
Having to care for an ill or incapacitated parent or relative
Bearing extra responsibilities because one’s single parent had to work all the time to provide for the family

WOUND CATEGORY:
Specific Childhood Wounds

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

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They're the only person who can keep the family afloat
Adults can’t be trusted or counted on
They're as capable as any adult (if they're still under age )
Family is about obligation, not love
Wanting things for themselves is selfish and counter-productive
They have value because others need them
Asking for help is a sign of weakness
Being upset about your circumstances is a sign of ingratitude
Other peoples’ needs are more important than their own
They'll never achieve their dreams so there’s no point in having them
Emotions are pointless and only get in the way

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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