EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

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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:
One’s surviving parent passing away and not having any relatives to take responsibility
One’s parents dying and relatives being unwilling to take one in
Being taken away from drug-addicted or otherwise neglectful parents
Being given up for adoption but never finding a home
Being abandoned by one’s parent
A parent’s abuse causing one to be removed from the home
Being given up because of one’s extreme behavioral, medical, or cognitive challenges
One’s only parent being incarcerated, hospitalized, or placed in a mental facility

WOUND CATEGORY:
Misplaced Trust and Betrayals, Specific Childhood Wounds, Traumatic Events, Abandonment

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

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They're defective
They're unworthy of love
They don’t know who they are
They'll never find a place to belong or call home
No one wants someone who’s broken
People are inherently cruel
The powerful always take advantage of the weak
This world only cares about people who are whole (if there is a disability or specific challenge involved)

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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