EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

GROWING UP WITH A SIBLING'S DISABILITY OR CHRONIC ILLNESS



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Getting through childhood can be difficult enough when life isn’t overly complicated. But having a sibling with chronic, long-term, or complex issues that require extra financial and physical attention from caregivers can make things much harder. Some examples of these issues include having a sibling with…

EXAMPLES:
A traumatic brain injury
A failing organ in need of a transplant
Cancer
AIDS
Cystic fibrosis, congenital heart problems, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, and other long-term afflictions
Life-threatening eating disorders
A physical disfigurement (loss of a limb, visible scarring, abnormal growths, etc.)
Blindness, deafness, or muteness
Mental disorders (OCD, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.)
Developmental disorders (autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Tourette’s, etc.)

WOUND CATEGORY:
Specific Childhood Wounds

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:
Their parents love the sibling more
It doesn’t matter what they do; the sibling will always be more important than them
This (losing their home, parents divorcing, being unable to do something they love, etc.) is the sibling’s fault
They're a terrible person for feeling anger (or resentment, frustration, etc.) about this
They need to excel in some way so as not to squander their gift of good health
The only constant in life is pain; anything good will be taken away eventually

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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