Scenario.... You’re in a friendly, normal conversation with another person. Everything is going well until – BAM! Your blood pressure starts to rise, you have an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of your stomach, and you suddenly have the urge to either get up and leave or strangle the person....and they just keep talking as if what they said was normal!!
What just happened?
You got triggered – that’s what happened.
Looking back on the conversation, you can see how your anger was disproportionate to the situation, you might have realized just how disproportionate your reaction was, and how uncomfortably strange it felt.
Almost all of us have some kind of trigger or “hot button,” that, when pushed, sets us off into uncomfortable emotions that may even lead to anger, hostility or fear.
Does that happen to you sometimes? All the time?
What Are Emotional Triggers?
You may have heard of “trigger warnings” or “getting triggered” by another person before. But what does getting triggered actually mean?
Emotional triggers are people, words, opinions, situations, or environmental situations that provoke a sudden and excessive emotional reaction within us. Common emotions that we experience while being triggered include anger, rage, sadness, and fear.
Virtually anything can trigger us, depending on our beliefs, values, and earlier life experiences such as a tone of voice, a type of person, a particular viewpoint, a single word – anything can be a trigger.
How to Identify Your Emotional Triggers.
When we aren’t aware of our emotional triggers, let alone how to handle them, our lives follow destructive paths. Unacknowledged triggers create suffering and chaos in people’s lives.
Identifying your emotional triggers is so vital because without bringing to consciousness what provokes extreme responses from you, you’ll be a puppet constantly manipulated by your emotions. Your friendships will be strained or maybe ruined, your relationships might be turbulent and confusing, and your happiness level just won't be where you want it to be.
It really is worth putting in the effort to explore your emotional triggers. The more aware you are, the less you will be ruled by the unconscious forces within you. And it’s not even that difficult to explore your triggers. The hardest part is actually to commit to the process.
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