EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

LIVING IN A DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOOD



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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:
Living in a high crime area
Growing up in a neighborhood where gangs fight over territory or apply heavy pressure on people to join
Living in a location stalked by a specific predator (human or otherwise)
Growing up where bombings, minefields, or gun violence are a constant threat
Being raised in a place where militant groups perform routine kidnappings and violence
Living through frequent biological or chemical threats
Being raised in a place where extreme poverty gives rise to desperation and fighting over resources
Living in a prominent drug trafficking location
Growing up in an area where one is not only unwelcome but is despised (for one’s religious affiliations, race, etc.)
Being raised in a place that has been abandoned for political reasons by police or the government

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Specific Childhood Wounds, Traumatic Events

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 can’t escape this type of life
The world doesn’t care about people like them
The only way to survive is to become what they hate
The only way they can have anything is to take it
They can’t protect the people they love
They're not strong or powerful enough to stand up to the opposition (a group, a gang, etc.)
Nothing they do will change anything
All those people (of a specific race, affiliation, religion, etc.) are evil, corrupt, or dangerous
There’s no justice in this world
To survive, you must embrace violence

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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