Moral injury is an injury to an individual's moral conscience resulting from an act of perceived moral transgression which produces profound emotional shame.
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- Moral injury results when soldiers violate their core moral beliefs, and in evaluating their behavior negatively, they feel they no longer live in a reliable, meaningful world and can no longer be regarded as decent human beings.
- Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini, Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War (2012), p. xv