Episode 36: Understanding and Managing Triggers from Childhood Trauma

Episode Description:

This episode originally aired on YouTube. The link mentioned is further down in the description.

What does it mean to be triggered? Is it just something we have to learn to live with as trauma survivors? Is it possible to get to a place when you’re no longer triggered?

These are some of the questions… and fears people often have.

In today’s episode, I share my thoughts and suggestions on this and more. Hint: being triggered doesn’t always look how we think it might.

Are you aware of what things tend to trigger you? 

Video mentioned: The Complex Link Between Empathy and Childhood Trauma Survivors

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This podcast is for informational purposes and is not mental health advice nor a replacement for professional mental health treatment.

Episode Notes:

- Being triggered refers to experiencing an activation in your body's nervous system, often in response to something familiar, which doesn't feel good. Triggers can manifest as intense emotions such as panic, fear, or shame.

- Triggers can be challenging to recognize, as they often link to past traumatic experiences and may not be immediately apparent. Understanding what specific situations or emotions trigger you is a crucial step in the healing process.

- The goal of addressing triggers is not merely to avoid situations that trigger you but to heal the underlying trauma that causes these reactions. Healing involves identifying the beliefs and feelings associated with triggers and working to change them.

- Triggers can take many forms, from specific events or situations to more abstract beliefs and emotions. They are not inherently good or bad but rather something that brings up familiar thoughts and feelings.

- When dealing with triggers, it's essential to practice self-compassion and avoid self-criticism. Recognizing that the triggered response is a result of past experiences and being gentle with yourself is a crucial aspect of healing.

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