posted on Sep, 22 2016 @ 04:01 PM
The phrase 'triggered' has leapt kicking and screaming into the lexicography of 2016 and seems to have been universally adopted already. Apart from
the fact that it sounds ridiculous there are very good reasons why its use should be shunned by right-thinking people.
A google trends search for the phrase illustrates how recently this word has entered common usage. Up until April 2016 it was barely registering
worldwide. Since then it has absolutely skyrocketed in use:
Prior to this explosion, the word was typically used in a specialised concept of 'trauma trigger'
If you live with PTSD, you may be fine for a while with no symptoms. Then something may provoke memories or emotions you might not expect.
* A certain smell, sound, or sight that reminds you of the event you experienced
* The anniversary date of the event
* Seeing or reading a news report about it
* Seeing a person related to the event Bad dreams or nightmares
Clearly, this is a real issue for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) where trauma triggers (or trauma stimulus, trauma stressor) represent a real
and major problem for those attempting to live with the disorder. Trauma triggers can result in complete loss of control, emotional breakdown and
severe depression. The concept of belittling this by distilling it down to someone getting a little bit peeved by someone else's actions is an
extreme trivialisation that just doesn't sit right with me.
However, for me, there is another aspect to this word that I find distasteful whilst also representing much of what is wrong with an awful lot of
society at present. That concept is: blame and responsibility.
Triggered is an externalisation of a loss of control or decorum. In PTSD this is exactly what happens; the sufferer is unable to synthesise the
traumatic experiences with the normal world and reacts in a way that is disproportionate to the stimulus. If you aren't a sufferer of PTSD and are
claiming to be 'triggered' by something you are tacitly acknowledging that your reaction is overblown but (and this is the important part) you are
placing the blame EXTERNALLY when the true issue is INTERNAL. This may seem a small distinction to some, but it is hugely important because it
represents the fact that we are slipping slowly closer and closer to
becoming the norm in western society. The ability to take internal personal responsibility for one's own emotions is an important
part of growth and personal development. One can argue it is the main difference between an adult and a child.
It is no real surprise that the current use of the word originated from the liberal arts SJW types who struggle incredibly with the concept of not
being special snowflakes.
Summary for the TLDR generation: By using trigerred you are attempting to shift blame from your own underdeveloped sensibilities onto someone or
something else. That sucks!
So, ATS. Anyone with me on this?