Moral injury

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Moral injury is an injury to an individual's moral conscience resulting from an act of perceived moral transgression which produces profound emotional shame.


  • 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

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