IDENTIFYING TRIGGERS: WHAT TRIGGERED ME ?
A trigger is something that sets off an emotional reaction in the form of a memory or flashback related to trauma. Raised voices might trigger a memory of childhood abuse for example.
Some of the triggers may not even make sense to anyone but you. Everyone is different. Often when we are triggered it’s easy to identify those base emotions – fear, anger, anxiety depression etc.
The real work begins when we are able to specifically identify those emotions behind being upset, annoyed, scared etc.
When we do that we can face those fears and reassure ourselves that are past trauma is not in the present.
You can use this tool to understand why you feel things in your relationships with other people. If a friend does something that hurts your feelings instead of understanding the base feeling of hurt, you can also use this to understand what’s behind that feeling and why you feel hurt.
Useful resource – TED Talks video: How do triggers influence our evolution – https://lnkd.in/dVDXuGZ