We all have emotional triggers. Sometimes it's a sarcastic comment that might not be a huge deal for someone else, but manages to get under your skin and fester for the rest of the day. Sometimes, it's a tone of voice that makes you implode into shame. Sometimes, it's an event or a behavior that, on the surface, shouldn't be a big deal, yet it destabilizes you for hours. Sometimes, it's a whiff of disapproval and suddenly you find yourself in a cloud of anxiety, gloom or worry.
It's normal and healthy to emotionally respond to the world around us. When a horrible injustice happens, it's natural to feel anger or even rage. When someone we love gets hurt or sick, it's normal to feel sad, worried or scared. As humans, we experience a vast range of emotion at all levels of intensity, but that doesn't mean that all intense emotions are necessarily caused by "triggers."Read More