How easily do you find you can identify triggers?
Last Updated: 11/02/2020 at 3:20pm
Tim Van Rheenen, M.A., LMFT
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Its not easy to find triggers all the time, I still find it hard to finger out some of mine, I just work on them one at a time head on and use my Mindful tools
Triggers can be tricky and slip up on you, but, if you know what the negative behavior is associated with the trigger (like eating if someone hurts your feelings), you can work backward and figure out your triggers. Make a list. When you go for the comfort, write down what triggered you to need that comfort. Before long, you will have them readily identified--once you identify them, well, that's half the battle.
It depends on the person. For me, it would be a picture of blades, cuts, or blood. If you're trying to identify triggers, try looking at whatever you suspect could be a trigger. If you want to cut/harm, look away immediately. If not, then whatever it is most likely is not a trigger.
Identifying triggers isn't always the easiest thing to do. Things that make you feel a certain way are normally triggers.
I can identify triggers in other people easily, but, sometimes, if the person hides their feelings, then maybe it will be difficult. As far as triggers in myself, quite easily.
A trigger is something that causes another thing to happen. With mental health, triggers usually cause anxiety or symptoms that relate to the mental illness one may suffer from,
Identifying triggers can be really difficult. I started by noting down every time I engaged in harmful behaviors, and what was happening right before them. Over time I noticed a pattern and was able to see my biggest triggers. Some of them were obvious, some were more subtle.
I idenify my triggers on a medium-to-high basis because I try to dig deeper into it, like introspection, and ask questons about the surface level problem. For example, I felt jealous of my partner's friend and was at some point resentful that they talked a bit but then I tried to sit back and think about it and it had nothing really to do with the both of them. The feelings I felt and acted on were caused by my low self-esteem, seeing my father with people that were supposed to be friends of the opposite gender but weren't and ect. Now, I can work on the trigger because I found the root/deeper cause.
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