EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

CHOOSING TO NOT BE INVOLVED IN A CHILD'S LIFE



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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 biological parent who chose to give up custody rights
A mother or father who gave up a child for adoption
Sending a child away to live in an institution because of a severe physical or mental condition
Moving out of the country after a divorce
A parent who was never around because of work and travel
Immigrating to another country to receive better opportunities but having to leave family behind
Drug or alcohol problems leading to lost custody and visitation rights
Making choices that lead to an incarceration and little access to one’s child
Neglecting one’s child out of a desire to pursue personal interests or hobbies
Sending a child away to boarding or military school

WOUND CATEGORY:
Failures and Mistakes

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
love and belonging, self-actualization

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They can never make up for the past
The best thing they can do is stay away
They're to blame for the son or daughter’s bad choices because they were never around
Their chance at being a good parent is gone
They can't be relied upon because they'll only let others down
Their child is better off without them
It's pointless to try and make amends now that the child is grown
They're not worthy of a second chance
They do more damage than good

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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