For survivors of particularly traumatic events and ongoing disorders, reading about related topics can act as a trigger for evoking the emotions of that trauma all over again. Even worse, it can cause a very real, dangerous physical reaction in the form of a panic attack. Here’s where a common misconception comes in: Triggers are not topics that upset some people; they are topics that make some people feel extreme anxiety. One is a feeling, the other an affliction.
Hence, trigger warnings – advanced notice that a post will discuss something triggering, the most common example being sexual assault. Trigger warnings give people the chance to avoid or prepare themselves accordingly. It lets them decide for themselves. That’s only fair.
On Yin Soaked Boy, trigger warnings actually occur twice – the first time is in the tags above a post, where a full list of topics mentioned in the post can be seen. Here, I’ll try to be through as possible (not everything there is a trigger, but anything I think could be will be there). The second and most prominent trigger warning only occurs when I’m certain a topic or topics will be – this takes the form of a big black box with white text at the top of the post, to the right.
I acknowledge in advance that I won’t always think of everything. Eventually there will be something that is triggering for someone, and I never anticipated it being so. I’m hoping the “Topics” list will help avoid that, but it won’t forever. I apologize now, and I will again when it happens.
For more about triggers, an excellent break-down was written by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville.