EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

HAVING AN ABORTION



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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.
NOTES:
The choice to have an abortion is never an easy one. Often this choice is the result of failed contraceptives, the discovery that the fetus has birth defects, a pregnancy that is the product of rape or incest, an inability to care and support a child, if the pregnancy is unwanted, and when the mother, child, or both risk mortal danger if the pregnancy continues.

This wound can impact both sexes, but because it is the female's body and she often has ingrained maternal feelings regarding childbearing, this trauma typically digs deeper into women than men. How a character deals with this event will depend on the circumstances, level of support, whether one was coerced into getting an abortion, one's personal and spiritual beliefs, if violence or abuse was involved, and whether there was a legitimate threat to the mother or baby's life.

WOUND CATEGORY:
Traumatic Events

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
love and belonging, esteem and recognition

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They should have resisted the pressure; they're a terrible person for failing to protect their child
They're clearly unfit to be a parent and should never have children
Because of what they did, they deserve the bad things that happen
They'll be shunned if people discover what they did
Some secrets should never be told, no matter how much they hurt
Family only supports you in good times, not bad
Hard times reveal the truth: love is conditional

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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