I feel like I am one more comment away from turning into a screaming banshee harridan who is forever banned from any social media.
I am going to try and word this carefully so that a minimum of people will be offended. If I hear the word “triggered” one more time I am going to have to do something drastic.
It is the word de jour in all of the support and otherwise groups I am in on Facebook.
Urban Dictionary – *
Triggered1.) *popular and well known definition* triggered is when someone gets offended or gets their feelings hurt, often used in memes to describe feminist, or people with strong victimization. (the use of this word through social media is generally ableist.)
2.) *actaul definition of triggered* trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.
trauma in the form of flashbacks or overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety, or panic. The brain forms a connection between a trigger and the feelings with which it is associated, and some triggers are quite innocuous. For example, a person who smelled incense while being raped might have a panic attack when he or she smells incense in a store. Triggers are very personal, and generally people with severe PTSD or/and anxiety can be triggered by everyday things
Triggered in a psychological sense is a real and valid thing. But reading something that makes you sad or makes you think or reminds you of something good or bad does not meet the criteria for mental illness.
You saying you are triggered does not mean that everyone else has to stop speaking about a subject because you don’t want to read about it. There is a solution to that issue you know. I know this is probably just me, and feel free to just roll your eyes and shake your head at me. BUT OMG! It is used so often for so many things that it has lost all validity.
*not my usual go to for a definition but it worked for this one