EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BEING HUMILIATED BY OTHERS



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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:
A teacher singling out a student in front of others
Having one’s reputation damaged (due to sex videos surfacing, a rant unknowingly being taped, etc.)
A shameful secret, closely guarded, being shared with peers or the public (through, say, social media)
A messy job firing that was not handled with respect or dignity
Being falsely accused of a terrible or taboo crime
College fraternity, sorority, or sports-related hazing
One’s infidelity becoming public when a vengeful spouse posts about it on social media
Vicious rumors or truths (an unusual sexual preference, mistreatment accusations, etc.) being shared, causing shame or embarrassment
A rival smearing one’s reputation by revealing embarrassing information
Someone who wasn’t ready to reveal his or her sexual preference being outed publicly
Bullying that involves humiliating acts (being pantsed in front of others, embarrassing information—true or false—being shared on social media, etc.)

WOUND CATEGORY:
Misplaced Trust and Betrayals, Traumatic Events

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

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They will never be able to achieve anything because people will judge them based on what happened
It doesn’t matter that they're innocent; people will always wonder about them
They're defective and weak and will always be a target
They don’t deserve happiness after what they did
They will never fit in or be understood
If anyone finds out about their past, their life will be over
You can't trust anyone to have your back, because they won’t

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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