History UsefulNotes / Trigger

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.
20th Oct '14 5:02:39 PM RevolutionStone
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* Depiction of or ability to engage in games of chance/LevelGrinding. These can be a trigger for gambling or MMORPG addicts. [[note]] At the same time, though, the ability to play a game of chance with no real-world financial consequences ''can'' serve as a form of AddictionDisplacement and HarmReduction for ''some'' gambling addicts for whom total abstinence doesn't work (e.g. it's better to spend a relapse with just a few wasted hours and points than with an actual financial loss), and LevelGrinding that teaches real-world skills such as coding skills or writing skills or a language can serve the purpose of teaching someone addicted to the process useful skills. [[/note]]

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* Depiction of or ability to engage in games of chance/LevelGrinding. These can be a trigger for gambling or MMORPG addicts. [[note]] At the same time, though, the ability to play a game of chance with no real-world financial consequences ''can'' serve as a form of AddictionDisplacement and HarmReduction UsefulNotes/HarmReduction for ''some'' gambling addicts for whom total abstinence doesn't work (e.g. it's better to spend a relapse with just a few wasted hours and points than with an actual financial loss), and LevelGrinding that teaches real-world skills such as coding skills or writing skills or a language can serve the purpose of teaching someone addicted to the process useful skills. [[/note]]



* 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 disordersdisorders.
** And to make things even more complicated, as noted above, there are people who use exposure to what other people consider triggers as AddictionDisplacement or harm reduction, who have fetishes for things other people consider highly triggering and offensive, who seek out known or potential triggers to try to gain control over their responses to them or over the event happening again, and/or who simply didn't develop a specific trigger even though they "should" have and developed no trigger or another trigger instead (e.g. an assault victim who is ''not'' triggered by graphic violence or guns, but who ''is'' by a color or smell present at the crime scene)
20th Oct '14 4:52:14 PM RevolutionStone
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* Depiction of or ability to engage in games of chance/LevelGrinding. These can be a trigger for gambling or MMORPG addicts.

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* Depiction of or ability to engage in games of chance/LevelGrinding. These can be a trigger for gambling or MMORPG addicts.
addicts. [[note]] At the same time, though, the ability to play a game of chance with no real-world financial consequences ''can'' serve as a form of AddictionDisplacement and HarmReduction for ''some'' gambling addicts for whom total abstinence doesn't work (e.g. it's better to spend a relapse with just a few wasted hours and points than with an actual financial loss), and LevelGrinding that teaches real-world skills such as coding skills or writing skills or a language can serve the purpose of teaching someone addicted to the process useful skills. [[/note]]
4th Sep '14 4:15:10 AM RevolutionStone
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There is one other type of suicide trigger that has nothing to do with depicting suicide or depression itself - this one consists of something that purports itself to be anything from compassionate, ToughLove "realness" or "life advice" or religious precepts all the way to a truly hateful, bitter rant. The common thread in this trigger (which can take forms such as "You people should pull yourselves up by the bootstraps, and if you don't, you are the lowest human scum," or even a list of "life goals that must be accomplished by [[NoTrueScotsman "real"]] adults," where one has to be a certain race/sexuality/gender/socioeconomic status to be "real") is the sense of contempt, guilt tripping, and sanctimony. While most/many people can brush such things off or laugh at them, they ''can'' inspire suicide/suicidal behavior, especially in those who suffer from conditions where part of the condition itself is low self-esteem/never feeling "good enough" or "real enough" (such as depression, anxiety, anorexia nervosa, and some forms of OCD), and those who once lived in situations such as abusive religious groups or the like, because someone who feels like they CantCatchUp may well think suicide is relieving the world of themselves, or "taking responsibility" in the only way they can.



* The presence of brutal, commanding, and/or domineering authority figures, ''especially'' law enforcement or military or religious figures, can trigger PTSD if one was abused by authority figures or knows someone who was, and can trigger anxiety, OCD, outright paranoia, or other fear-based behavior. This applies not only to fiction but to their appearances in RealLife, which is how the appearance of police or military can actually ''escalate'' a nonviolent or slightly threatening situation into an openly violent one.

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* The presence of brutal, commanding, and/or domineering authority figures, ''especially'' law enforcement or military or religious figures, can trigger PTSD if one was abused by authority figures or knows someone who was, and can trigger anxiety, OCD, outright paranoia, or other fear-based behavior. This applies not only to fiction but to their appearances in RealLife, which is how the appearance of police or military can actually ''escalate'' a nonviolent or slightly threatening situation into an openly violent one. [[note]] For a victim of PoliceBrutality or repeated police harassment, even seeing a uniformed officer or a police car can be a trigger, even if the officers ''aren't'' brutal or dangerous. [[/note]]



* War depictions/combat/military-related depictions or tropes, which can trigger combat-related PTSD
* The ScreamingWoman

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* War depictions/combat/military-related depictions or tropes, which can trigger combat-related PTSD
PTSD.
* The ScreamingWoman
ScreamingWoman.
** Screaming/shrieking/yelling in general especially at close range (whether out of sadness, fear, rage...) can be a trigger to those who suffered intensive verbal abuse (e.g. someone who went through something like "est" or "Attack Therapy" or various other religious/"therapeutic" sects that practice it, someone who was in a DomesticAbuse situation), or alternately, who were in a situation where their own screams for help went unanswered.



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.
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