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I've seen it in many posts and I really don't know what is meant by 'trigger'...SA trigger?
 

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Usually people put "trigger" in a title or post as a warning that some of the content may trigger people's memories of abuse, rape, or other traumatic events in their past.
 

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SA trigger is sexual abuse trigger.<br><br>
I guess I don't know exactly what you are asking. Are you asking who here started using the term, or who here thought it was necessary to add this to subject lines, or who in general out in the world started using this term?
 

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I have not seen the word "TRIGGER" added to a thread title on any other message board before. I'm curious who chose that word to imply someone should take caution when reading a thread. Who chose it *here.*
 

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I'm not sure anyone chose it *here*. Perhaps the members here are more prone to being gentle with other's emotions? IT's a pretty common way to speak in general.
 

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Is it? I've never said "trigger" in that way in a conversation. I am not talking about being gentle and warning someone about the subject matter in a thread. I'm all for that. I was just curious why that specific word was chosen and how it came into being.
 

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I see. I have used the word in more conversations than I care to think about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Think about it like a sequence of events. Something is a catalyst and that is referred to as a "trigger" as in pulling a trigger to set things in motion. Anything can be a trigger for anyone. I have several. One of my biggest "triggers" (initial event, thought, feeling, smell etc.) that sets my emotions into a tailspin is stories about vaccine damage. I have a visceral response and find it very difficult to have a rational conversation when the subject is brought up.<br><br>
Generally it is used by well meaning posters to flag to prospective readers that the material is sensitive and may trigger hurtful or sad emotions.<br><br>
Dh has many things he does that are triggers for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Its used in day-to-day conversation quite frequently - at least where I'm from.<br><br>
Trigger means to "set off". Like as a "trigger" in a gun; only in this case it means words to set off emotions, memories, etc.
 

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I am a member of a couple of other mama boards and it is also used there. I don't think anyone here specifically came up with it.<br><br>
I also will say that I think it is common for someone who has experienced abuse to be aware of the possibility that what they may say may provoke or trigger memories or feelings of another survivor.<br><br>
For example, there are a lot of mamas that come here while they are at work. Sitting at the their desks at work is not the place to start crying as they read someone's story that triggered some memory or feeling - they may appreciate a warning and not read that thread.<br><br>
Or a mama with her kids all around..again may not want to "go" there.<br><br>
Or a mama who has on fragile footing emotionally for a variety of reasons may innocently open a thread with an ambiguous title and get more than she can handle.<br><br>
And as for why the word "trigger" is that it is a very commonly understood term in the survivor community, in the traditional therapy world, that I think accurately describes what happens.<br><br>
I notice it says Prague under your username. Is there a cultural or language significance with the word that makes it stand out for you? As I was replying, I was saying the word over and over again in my head. I guess trigger could make some people think of guns?
 

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no, I'm American <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but although I consider myself a "survivor" of abuse, I don't use the term "trigger." So it's a psych word?<br><br>
And again, I'm not against a warning or caution in thread titles. And I'm not really against the use of the word. I just find it interesting how these terms take on new meaning online. I guess you could just chalk it up to my interest in how language evolves, especially in online communities.
 

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Yeah, it's in academic writings.<br><br>
I agree that the stuff that comes out of message boards and especially blogging is fascinating that seems to jump mainstream to something like a Target commercial cracks me up!
 
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