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Running head: MORAL INJURY1Moral Injury PerspectivesStudent’s NameInstitution’s Name
MORAL INJURY2Self-ReflectionEveryone develops consciousness as they grow up. At some point, we have some deeply rootedbeliefs regarding what is right and wrong, in which things are good and bad. These beliefs andvalues depend on the experiences we have had in our lives since our moral code is shaped andreinforced by our experiences, any adverse stimuli can inflict moral injury.Moral injury refers to the damage done to an individual’s moral values and conscience afterperceiving a moral offense. As a result of this, emotional guilt, shame and in some cases betrayal,anger, and moral confusion can follow in profound proportions. Moral anguish has beenwitnessed as a psychological consequence of witnessing or participating in very violent events.The impact of extreme moral injury can adversely affect the mental health of an individual. Inmany cases, people who have been exposed to traumatic experiences are diagnosed with PostTraumatic Stress Disorder.Moral injury can be experienced as a result of one’s own actions and experience, or the actions ofothers. At an individual level, this occurs when something terrible happens to other people as aresult of our actions, or the violent manner in which it occurred and scarred the individual. Whilethis is common in military personnel, every single person is susceptible to moral anguishdepending on their perception of what is right and wrong in society. To break it down, moralinjury can be viewed from three different perspectives based on what aspects of an individual’slife it impacts. The first channel of moral anguish is psychological distress. According to Brett Litz, moralinjury can be described as “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning aboutacts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.” (Litz, et al., 2009) Upon
MORAL INJURY3witnessing or participating in a gruesome offense against other human beings, it impacts theindividual’s mental model of the world. If for example, one fails to help someone in dire needand the failure results in their death. One of the consequences would be profound guilt and