EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BEING BULLIED



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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.
NOTES:
Bullying can be defined as the ongoing use of power or influence to intimidate someone. Bullies come in many forms, including…

EXAMPLES:
Demanding parents or relatives who did things “for one’s own good”
Siblings who had more than the typical share of power due to age, size, or popularity
A jealous friend or resentful classmate
A group of people who joined forces (a subset of classmates or teammates) against others
A teacher or another person in a position of authority
Co-workers who were threatened by one’s status or prowess
Social media “friends” who target and ridicule as a way to gain power
Power-hungry employers or well-connected individuals used to getting what they want

WOUND CATEGORY:
Injustice and Hardship, Traumatic Events

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 a target because they're weak
Their life will never get better; “happily ever after” is for other people
They're a failure and will never succeed at anything
If they do what other people want, it will go easier for them
People only get close so they can manipulate you
The system (or school, government, company policy, parental fairness, etc.) is a joke
To show they're not weak, they have to fight
If people fear you, they won’t mess with you

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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