EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BEING RAISED BY NEGLECTFUL PARENTS



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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.
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Neglect can best be described as a caregiver’s ongoing failure to provide for a child’s basic needs. It can be physical, emotional, mental, or medical in nature. Child or teen victims of neglect could be said to have been raised by parents who…

EXAMPLES:
Refused to take the child to routine medical check-ups
Were unable or unwilling to buy appropriate clothing for their child
Suffered from a mental disorder or another disability that rendered them unable to adequately care for others
Often failed to feed their child
Didn’t make their child go to school
Withheld love and affection
Knew about and didn’t stop their child from engaging in dangerous behavior, such as abusing drugs or alcohol
Were neglectful due to their addictions
Were so absorbed in their own lives they neglected the basic care of their children
Were unintentionally neglectful due to having to work multiple jobs or travel often for work

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Misplaced Trust and Betrayals, Specific Childhood Wounds, Abandonment

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 unlovable
They're not worth taking care of; they're a burden to others
Their needs are not important
They've done something to deserve this treatment
They're invisible; their life will always be this way
They can’t depend on others for their survival
Adults can’t be trusted
A parent's love must be earned
This is what love looks like

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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