Some of the material in this flash blog is graphic. It might be emotionally difficult to read, especially if you are a survivor of violence. Although we wish to promote awareness, we are equally if not more concerned with your safety and well-being! Please prioritize self-care and exercise caution when reading these posts - and feel free to skip ANY and/or all if you feel they might be traumatizing to read. Please see the following information from the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Center on Triggers, from the Psych Central website:
A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.
Triggers are very personal; different things trigger different people. The survivor may begin to avoid situations and stimuli that she/he thinks triggered the flashback. She/he will react to this flashback, trigger with an emotional intensity similar to that at the time of the trauma. A person’s triggers are activated through one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
The senses identified as being the most common to trigger someone are sight and sound, followed by touch and smell, and taste close behind. A combination of the senses is identified as well, especially in situations that strongly resemble the original trauma. Although triggers are varied and diverse, there are often common themes.