EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

CRACKING UNDER PRESSURE



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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:
During a high-stakes team sporting event
In an exam room
During a job interview
While giving an important presentation
During a live performance, like a singing, acting, or comedy routine
While being questioned by police
In the middle of a stressful work project
While dealing with prying in-laws or annoying family members
When going through a security checkpoint
When one must lie convincingly
During an emergency or disaster
When organizing a big event, such as a wedding, conference, or family reunion
When a fear is triggered (e.g., being about to board a plane when one is afraid of flying)
While being responsible for someone else (e.g., caring for elderly parents)
While under the scrutiny of a talent scout
In a competition (debates, athletics, a game show, etc.)

WOUND CATEGORY:
Failures and Mistakes

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 always choke; it’s what they do best
No matter what they do, they'll always disappoint
You only win if you break the rules
People can’t count on them when it matters most
They're an embarrassment to everyone around them
They're not smart enough or strong enough
Not trying is better than failing
Dreams are for talented people
Settling is the smart choice
Hope destroys people

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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