EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

GROWING UP IN A CULT



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NOTES:
A cult is defined as a fringe organization (often, but not always, defined by a religious belief system) that espouses idealogies and practices believed by others to be dangerous or extreme. This entry will focus on people who were once ensconced in a cult but at some point escaped or turned their back on it.

WOUND CATEGORY:
Misplaced Trust and Betrayals, Specific Childhood Wounds

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
safety and security, self-actualization

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They're weak-minded
They're an easy target
Their judgment can’t be trusted
They'll never be free from the ideas that were put into their mind
They're disloyal or selfish (for leaving the cult and their family and friends)
They can’t trust anyone
All religions are out to brainwash and control people
You can never really trust an organization’s stated motivation

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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