EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

GETTING DUMPED



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NOTES:

When it comes to common wounds, getting dumped is at the top of the list—so much so that it’s a right of passage. A part of growing up. Being rejected by someone one loves is painful enough, but sometimes the method can be particularly traumatizing: being broken up with via text message or proxy, getting dumped in favour of someone else, being left at the altar, or someone’s lover simply not returning anymore calls and texts. Despite the universality of being dumped, it’s always a painful experience that can often be a wounding one.


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

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:

love and belonging, esteem and recognition


LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
Their judgment is flawed for not seeing this coming
It’s better to be alone than to risk this kind of pain again
He or she was their one true love, and they'll never have a relationship like that again
They'll always be alone
They're too stupid (or untalented, ugly, unworthy, etc.) to love

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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