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4th Jun '17 3:50:27 PM nombretomado
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'''Do not put trigger warnings on any TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes pages other than FanFicRecommendations.''' Works that have full pages should already indicate the existence of triggering content in the description or trope list in a natural way, and a trope's description should be a good indication of whether or not there will be any significant triggering content in its examples.



[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]] is a very complicated mental injury beyond the scope of TVTropes in and of itself, but one interaction between PTSD and fiction is the concept of the PTSD trigger. Someone suffering from PTSD may be triggered by many things - and sometimes, sadly, some things in fiction may induce this trigger response. Someone who has been triggered by a trigger may go through more emotional discomfort than fiction is supposed to produce, physical discomfort, terror and depression beyond what the story was supposed to induce, {{flashback}}s to their experience of the traumatic event, or even a full HeroicBSOD or FreakOut.

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]] is a very complicated mental injury beyond the scope of TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes in and of itself, but one interaction between PTSD and fiction is the concept of the PTSD trigger. Someone suffering from PTSD may be triggered by many things - and sometimes, sadly, some things in fiction may induce this trigger response. Someone who has been triggered by a trigger may go through more emotional discomfort than fiction is supposed to produce, physical discomfort, terror and depression beyond what the story was supposed to induce, {{flashback}}s to their experience of the traumatic event, or even a full HeroicBSOD or FreakOut.
26th Apr '17 4:08:57 PM RevolutionStone
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Anger triggers, while somewhat less potent in most cases, are more commonly depicted in media and have their own trope, the BerserkButton. That said, in some cases they ''can'' be potent enough to result in physical violence against the person who invoked them (the "fighting words" defense for assault in common law systems relies on this, that what someone said was ''so'' recognizably enraging that they became an AssholeVictim and the person who punched/slapped them was entirely justified in doing so, e.g. someone who does not have NWordPrivileges using the word to someone who ''does'' and getting punched for it or a man who calls a woman the word referenced in CountryMatters and gets slapped may not only not have a case in court, but the police may even refuse to press charges viewing the assault as "he got what he deserved"). Unfortunately, in rare occasions an anger trigger may even lead to homicidal behavior (and even one of these is recognized under law - "voluntary manslaughter" in the US legal system occasionally covers homicides where someone was arguably driven beyond any rationality or sense into a blind killing rage in the moment - the textbook examples being when someone walks in on their spouse cheating on them and violently assaults the other man/other woman, or happens upon someone abusing an animal or child and, instead of calling the police or nonviolently ending the crime, kills the abuser)

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Anger triggers, while somewhat less potent in most cases, are more commonly depicted in media and have their own trope, the BerserkButton. That said, in some cases they ''can'' be potent enough to result in physical violence against the person who invoked them (the "fighting words" defense for assault in common law systems relies on this, that what someone said was ''so'' recognizably enraging that they became an AssholeVictim and the person who punched/slapped them was entirely justified in doing so, e.g. someone who does not have NWordPrivileges using the word to someone who ''does'' and getting punched for it or a man who calls a woman the word referenced in CountryMatters and gets slapped may not only not have a case in court, but the police may even refuse to press charges viewing the assault as "he got what he deserved").deserved" or the person who said the "fighting words" as agreeing to mutual combat by doing so). Unfortunately, in rare occasions an anger trigger may even lead to homicidal behavior (and even one of these is recognized under law - "voluntary manslaughter" in the US legal system occasionally covers homicides where someone was arguably driven beyond any rationality or sense into a blind killing rage in the moment - the textbook examples being when someone walks in on their spouse cheating on them and violently assaults the other man/other woman, or happens upon someone abusing an animal or child and, instead of calling the police or nonviolently ending the crime, kills the abuser)
22nd Mar '17 7:46:00 AM LondonKdS
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This page is an overview of the concept of "triggers," for those who want to know more about triggering in a meta sense for their own writing or for understanding the concept of triggering in RealLife to some extent. If you want to see ONLY fictional examples, please go to {{Trigger}}.

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This page is an overview of the concept of "triggers," for those who want to know more about triggering in a meta sense for their own writing or for understanding the concept of triggering in RealLife to some extent. If you want to see ONLY read or talk about fictional examples, please go to {{Trigger}}.
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28th Jan '16 1:43:09 AM AlleyOop
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* To make things even more complicated, there are things which appear entirely innocent but which are triggering to others--the classic being a backfiring car sounding like a gun shot to someone triggered by gunshots. A more contemporary example is posting pictures or descriptions of FoodPorn, which appears innocent but which can be triggering to people with eating disorders.

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* To make things even more complicated, there are things which appear entirely innocent but which are triggering to others--the classic being a backfiring car sounding like a gun shot to someone triggered by gunshots. A more contemporary example is posting pictures or descriptions of FoodPorn, which appears innocent but which can be triggering to people with eating disorders.disorders, or an image of a potted daisy, which may be triggering to someone who is reminded of a sexual abuser.
23rd Jan '16 1:52:13 AM AlleyOop
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Some PTSD triggers are neither {{Squick}} nor NightmareFuel. They may even be NightmareRetardant to anyone but the triggered individual. For some, a white sheet on a bed or hearing a sob can be a trigger.

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Some PTSD triggers are neither {{Squick}} nor NightmareFuel. They may even be NightmareRetardant to anyone but the triggered individual. For some, a white sheet on a bed or hearing a sob can be a trigger.
trigger. Sometimes something as seemingly innocuous as a plate of eggs or a red balloon may be a trigger for some people.
23rd Jan '16 1:50:31 AM AlleyOop
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* Overlapping with the above group, the group that often ''causes'' people to view trigger warnings as just that - those who conflate being "offended" or "upset" with being "triggered" or are just {{troll}}ing and demanding warnings for content that at most makes them angry but capable enough to go into great detail in a comment about how angry they are and how offended they are.

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* Overlapping with the above group, the group that often ''causes'' people to view trigger warnings as just that - those who conflate being "offended" or "upset" with being "triggered" or and are just {{troll}}ing and demanding warnings for content that at most makes them angry but capable enough to go into great detail in a comment about how angry they are and how offended they are.
30th Dec '15 6:26:06 AM eroock
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The BanOnPolitics is arguably an attempt to deal with a nigh-universal BerserkButton.

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The BanOnPolitics is arguably an attempt to deal with a nigh-universal BerserkButton.BerserkButton.
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16th Oct '15 9:14:01 PM RevolutionStone
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* Depiction of a specific disaster or type of it (e.g. a tornado, a plane crash) can trigger people who have disaster-related PTSD. This can even extend to things only tangentially related to the disaster - e.g. the sound of the EmergencyBroadcast System or tornado sirens or seeing a similar plane/hearing a flight attendant's safety briefing. [[note]] Sometimes this trigger response is actually ''relied upon'' in [[InvokedTrope getting people]] to act to protect themselves in the event of a disaster - emergency broadcast alarms and tornado/civil defense sirens, for example, are ''intended'' to make people frightened enough to take a threat seriously. [[/npte]]

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* Depiction of a specific disaster or type of it (e.g. a tornado, a plane crash) can trigger people who have disaster-related PTSD. This can even extend to things only tangentially related to the disaster - e.g. the sound of the EmergencyBroadcast System or tornado sirens or seeing a similar plane/hearing a flight attendant's safety briefing. [[note]] Sometimes this trigger response is actually ''relied upon'' in [[InvokedTrope getting people]] to act to protect themselves in the event of a disaster - emergency broadcast alarms and tornado/civil defense sirens, for example, are ''intended'' to make people frightened enough to take a threat seriously. [[/npte]][[/note]]
16th Oct '15 9:13:26 PM RevolutionStone
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* Depiction of a specific disaster or type of it (e.g. a tornado, a plane crash) can trigger people who have disaster-related PTSD. This can even extend to things only tangentially related to the disaster - e.g. the sound of the EmergencyBroadcast System or tornado sirens or seeing a similar plane/hearing a flight attendant's safety briefing.

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* Depiction of a specific disaster or type of it (e.g. a tornado, a plane crash) can trigger people who have disaster-related PTSD. This can even extend to things only tangentially related to the disaster - e.g. the sound of the EmergencyBroadcast System or tornado sirens or seeing a similar plane/hearing a flight attendant's safety briefing. [[note]] Sometimes this trigger response is actually ''relied upon'' in [[InvokedTrope getting people]] to act to protect themselves in the event of a disaster - emergency broadcast alarms and tornado/civil defense sirens, for example, are ''intended'' to make people frightened enough to take a threat seriously. [[/npte]]
1st Jun '15 11:03:39 AM molotov
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The (very simplified) difference between {{squick}} and a PTSD trigger is this: {{squick}} is staring at a fictional [[{{Gorn}} disemboweled corpse]] and going "Ewww, I didn't need to see that." A trigger is staring at the same corpse and feeling oneself being disemboweled and tortured to death in RealLife or else remembering the RealLife disembowelment and torture of your best friend next to you. Triggers may be described as hyper-personalized {{Squick}} [[XMeetsY meets]] hyper-personalized NightmareFuel.

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The (very simplified) difference between {{squick}} and a PTSD trigger is this: {{squick}} is staring at a fictional [[{{Gorn}} disemboweled corpse]] and going "Ewww, I didn't need to see that." A trigger is staring at the same corpse and feeling oneself being disemboweled and tortured to death in RealLife or else remembering the RealLife disembowelment maiming and torture death of someone so vividly you can still see it in your best friend next head, still hear it in your ears, and revert to you.that same emotional pit in an instant. Triggers may be described as hyper-personalized {{Squick}} [[XMeetsY meets]] hyper-personalized NightmareFuel.
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