Hey U of Chicago: I’m an academic & survivor. I use trigger warnings in my classes. Here’s why.
E Price

Wow. Thank you. I’m a Life and Leaership Coach and I’m grateful to know more about how this issue is aired within teaching institutions. My thoughts are that people cannot be protected from all of their triggers (we can’t second guess them all for a start), but to be supported to courageously own our triggers and be helped to manage them through authentic, non-judgmental communication is the most beneficial route for everyone. We all have our emotional triggers, big or small, on a spectrum from terrorists to sweet little old ladies. Lesser triggers are called ‘pressing our buttons’ in ‘normal life’. The more we see and own our own triggers, the more understanding and compassion we have for others and their triggers, even if the upset caused by triggers is directed at us. Hurt people can hurt people. I do so wish that was well understood. Anyone who denies that they have any triggers or emotional hurt is either numbed, macho, ignorant, enlightened or dead! Or afraid of their triggers — which we all can be. To me this is an extremely important subject for us all and increased understanding and compassion about it heralds a turning point for human behavior and indeed, our conscious evolution. As you might guess, I’m passionate about this subject! Any feedback is welcome.

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