EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

DIVORCING ONE'S SPOUSE



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HELPFUL TIP:

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.
NOTES:
In the case of divorce, the character's behavior and ability to cope will vary depending on the reason for the marriage breakdown and whether it was a mutual choice or not. Taking the time to brainstorm the backstory leading to this event (infidelity, growing apart, financial issues, a sexual identity shift, a child's death, etc.) will help you better determine the turbulent emotions your character may be feeling and the actions and behaviors that will result. 

WOUND CATEGORY:
Failures and Mistakes, Misplaced Trust and Betrayals, Traumatic Events, Abandonment

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
physiological needs, safety and security, esteem and recognition, love and belonging

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They're unworthy of being loved
They're just a meal ticket
Someone younger and better will always come along to replace them
All women (or men) are gold-diggers
The closer someone gets, the more they can hurt you
True commitment is a myth
Only stupid people allow themselves to be vulnerable
Love and happiness are mutually exclusive
All men (or women) cheat
Love doesn't last forever because people are too selfish to commit

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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