EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

LEARNING THAT ONE’S PARENT WAS A MONSTER



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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:
The parent was a pedophile
The parent committed murder
The parent was a serial killer
The parent abused children (physically, emotionally, or both)
The parent liked to cause animals pain or kill them for fun
The parent poisoned people to make them sick
The parent kidnapped people and enslaved them in a hidden basement or at another property
The parent was a human trafficker
The parent was exploited vulnerable people for personal gain
The parent practiced sacrifices and taboo blood rituals
The parent was a cannibal
The parent liked to torture others

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Misplaced Trust and Betrayals

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:
Their judgment can’t be trusted
Everything they know is a lie
Their mom (or dad) isn’t human, so maybe they're not either
Because of this, people will judge them no matter what they do, so there's no point trying to fit in
There's no way a parent who did what he or she die could ever have loved their child
They need to isolate themselves so others will be protected
They can never accomplish anything worthy or great with this hanging over them
People will only see them as the child of a pedophile (or serial killer, madman, etc.), so they have to keep it a secret from everyone
People will target them now, so they must always be on guard

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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