EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BEING REJECTED BY ONE’S PEERS



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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:
Because one lives in the wrong neighborhood or goes to a different school
For being poor or homeless
Because of one’s race, religion or sexual orientation
Because one’s parent or caregiver is despised (for being in jail, a known philanderer or alcoholic, etc.)
Due to having a notorious sibling or parent and being guilty by association
For embracing beliefs or ideas that go against the popular norm
For a physical disfigurement (being an albino, having severe acne or extreme birthmarks, being morbidly obese, etc.)
For acting in a way that is unsettling (coming across as creepy, dangerous, or unpredictable)
For a publicly humiliating event from one’s past, like wetting one’s pants or passing out naked
Because one is socially awkward
For having a mental disability, developmental deficiency, or special need
Due to not meeting society’s norms in some way (lacking markers of beauty, grace, hygiene, etc.)
Liking things that are considered weird, taboo, or juvenile
For having an undesirable label according to society (having a certain disease, being an unwed mother, etc.)

WOUND CATEGORY:
Injustice and Hardship, Misplaced Trust and Betrayals, 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'll never find love or acceptance
No one will ever be able to get past their handicap, situation, etc. to see the real them
Relationships aren’t for people like them
They're defective
People like them can only have so much in life; they shouldn’t want more
If they prove their worth in some way, people will finally accept them
Because they're ugly (or stupid, untalented, etc.), they're worth less than other people
They don’t need anyone else to get by
Getting back at others will balance the scales

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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