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What is a trigger?

The term trigger is a psychological term which refers to any stimulus that triggers feelings of trauma associated with a previous event or abuse. The term is closely related to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and CPTSD (complex post traumatic stress disorder).

This term should not to be conflated with its more casual use, which simply means to cause an emotional reaction or spur self-reflection.

In the spiritual community, there is often no distinction made between the two, and as such, proponents of spirituality often invalidate the lived experiences of trauma survivors, generating even more psychological harm to the survivor. Triggering someone’s trauma can lead to re-traumatization and further compound their PTSD, while eroding their ability to trust.

Trauma-informed spirituality recognizes the nuance between the two and places focus on setting boundaries to create as safe of an environment as possible for the trauma survivor. This is why tigger warnings are often implemented in online content and safe spaces are provided for anyone who needs them.

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