EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BEING FIRED OR LAID OFF



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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 fired for one’s poor performance
Being laid off because a department was downsized or a position was outsourced
Being fired for poor performance, an addiction, being unreliable, etc.
Losing a job at a critical time, like when a baby is on the way or a home has just been bought
The company taking an opportunity to legally let one go due to one being a financial drain (e.g., because of medical issues that caused one to need a lot of time off)
A merger that resulted in the majority of employees on one side losing their jobs
Being let go (legitimately or illegitimately) due to friction with one’s boss

WOUND CATEGORY:
Injustice and Hardship, Misplaced Trust and Betrayals

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:
To stay employed, they have to work harder than everyone else
It’s safer to be a team player than to disagree with what the company’s doing
They were a fool to try and have a career in this area because they're just not good enough
They're worthless if they can’t support the family
They're defective, and, somehow, the company knew it
People will lose respect for them if they can’t stay employed
They have to do whatever it takes to keep a job

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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