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What does it mean to be Triggered?

Have you noticed that a lot of people “snap” when they feel they are rejected or trapped?

This isn’t a coincidence. This is a shutting off of the logical brain and going into emergency survival mode of attack or flee for life.  They have just been triggered and their pain fired outward.

Triggers are deeply tied to past pain.

They are an insurmountable block to happiness and healthy relationships if they are allowed to remain. The survival centers of the brain override the non-survival centers because when they are needed, it is literally life or death.

Since the body’s main objective is to keep the body alive, this only makes sense.

But just as sometimes people have an overly reactive allergic (anaphylactic) response to peanuts or bee stings, it’s not the peanut or bee sting that can kill people, it’s the body’s over reaction. The way to cure a trigger is to identify it and then heal it. If it is not cured, it will keep showing up where it doesn’t really exist, and will harm every close relationship you ever have.

We’ve all experienced deep pain.

We all have triggers.

Many people unknowingly choose to not heal and instead blame the world for their anger and insist that it’s real. They hurt people who have done nothing wrong but they don’t feel any remorse because in their reality, they are the ones being hurt.

-Doe Zantamata

From the book, "Happiness in Your Life - Book Two: Intuition"

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If you're looking for a workbook to get started on identifying your triggers and healing journey, I highly recommend Dr. Arielle Schwartz's book. She is a clinical psychologist, but also uses kindness and warmth in her book, presenting information clearly but not in a "textbook" format:

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