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Understanding emotional triggers

Understanding emotional triggers

26 Jun 2021 by Ted Escobedo   2 min read

An emotional trigger is any experience, memory or event that ignites an intense emotional reaction. Sometimes these triggers will seemingly come out of nowhere. Understanding your emotional triggers will help you to better deal with them.

Emotional triggers might include reminders of an unpleasant situation, or a time when you have felt betrayed or disappointed. A key step in learning to recognize your triggers involves paying attention when situations generate a strong emotional response. Beyond surging emotions, you might also experience some physical symptoms of anxiety. Common reactions include:

  • pounding heart
  • upset stomach
  • shakiness or dizziness
  • sweaty palms
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