EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BEING TORTURED



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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:
For information (POWs, politically-motivated kidnappings, etc.)
By a serial killer or sadistic individual
While living with a violent cult, family, or other group
By a terror group, including “pack mentality” peers who embrace sadistic bullying
Following an accusation of political or religious crimes
For being in the ethnic or religious minority
As a captured journalist
Because of one's work as a human rights defender or health professional in a volatile country
By members of an opposing criminal group (e.g., the mafia)

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Traumatic Events

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

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They can’t trust anyone
They're broken and defective because of what was done to them
They can never live a normal life
They'll be abandoned if their loved ones learn about what happened
God abandoned them
They're helpless
They're only safe inside their comfort zone
It’s better to bury what happened than try to move past it
If you let people get close, they will hurt 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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