EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

DISCOVERING A SIBLING'S ABUSE



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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:
Witnessing the abuse firsthand (seeing or hearing it occur)
Discovering the abuse after the fact when one’s sibling opened up about it
Realizing a sibling has allowed herself or himself to be victimized in order to shield one from harm
Learning about the abuse in a sibling’s suicide note
Being told about it by a friend or family member the sibling had confided in

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Misplaced Trust and Betrayals

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 failed because they didn’t protect the sibling from being abused
They're too stupid to see what’s right in front of them
They should have taken the abuse on themselves
They're unworthy of love, respect, or trust
They can’t help others; they'll only fail or let them down
Because of their failure, they deserve only pain and unhappiness
They can’t protect the people they love
They don’t deserve to feel safe and secure—not when the sibling had that taken away

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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