"Silly" and "strange" triggers

Discussion in 'Braaaaiiiinnnns...' started by Aondeug, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. Paradigm Shift

    Paradigm Shift Sleepy Girl Wants Love

    Ugh, the kissing. I feel the same way. Any time I kiss somebody or have to, I always make sure to do it with the dryest part of my lips out of some hope that there's someone out there that's going to be as relieved when they don't hear a SHMACK or have a huge wet spot on their cheek/hand/whatever after.
     
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  2. Verily

    Verily a very ineffective hitman

    There are definitely people out there. I’m one of them.

    My life philosophy is that if you slobber on my face I will faceplant on your shirt until it’s gone.
     
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  3. Everett

    Everett local rats so small, so tiny

    Idk if it counts as a real trigger but trying to follow along with sheet music and or lyrics can become really stressful if i lose my place, even if im just listening to music not performing or playing

    Just skimming through the whole thing and trying to listen for anything i recognize so i can jump back in reminds me way too much of playing in band and trying to keep up (which lol you cant even really ask the person next to you for help because that would distract them and also make it obvious to any audience that youre lost)
     
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  4. palindromordnilap

    palindromordnilap Well-Known Member

    - The Scooby-Doo episode "High-Tech House of Horrors", which ends with the AI responsible for said house having basically a meltdown over people not paying attention to it until it shuts down. Every single time it came on, my parents would say something like "Oh, hey, look, that's you!"

    - Forehead kisses, that one is weird because it's something that didn't happen to me much if at all and, AFAIK, never in a traumatic context.
     
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  5. palindromordnilap

    palindromordnilap Well-Known Member

    Also, [n]th-ing the tickling, but in my case, it's particularly bad when whoever's doing it is also pinning me down, because that's also a pretty awful trigger. Don't expect to come out of that uninjured.
     
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  6. rigel

    rigel known cronus?

    mispelling fucking as "fuckign". someone posting "." in a chat over and over when trying to get another persons attention. customizing/editing website design! its so stupid but it sets me off every time. also benedict cumberbatch's dr. strange & this one specific megatron design & an EXTREMELY specific picture of perceptor. epic rap battles of history. fucking wild
     
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  7. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    packing for myself/a move on a deadline
    people deliberately mispronouncing words to fuck with me
    ~question games~ without a definitive point (e.g. oh I'm gonna ask you a bunch of questions about a topic I don't care about because it's funny)
    edit: the being shushed comfortingly one too g o d

    for a while? certain haircuts/a specific type of lisp, being called picky, MLP:FiM
    there are others but idt I remember them rn
     
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  8. Athol Magarac

    Athol Magarac I prefer reading posts without a lot of topics.

    The bitterant in Dust-off is a trigger. My laptop had a rattly processor fan and spraying it with dust-off until it frosted made the noise go away for a while. However, I was having a lot of trouble with school and being depressed, and I would chew on my nails and think there was something medically wrong with me that I couldn't get checked-out because I needed to graduate to get a job with insurance. I would have to use gloves now because soap doesn't get the bitterant off. Or I need to buy it from a gun-store.
     
  9. Artemis

    Artemis i, an asexual moron

    • Red Ford Focuses.
    • Knocking on my door aggressively.
    • Kicking open my door will set me straight into a panic attack.
    • People reading over my shoulder.
    • Whispering. (pls no it's not fun to make me listen to whispering ASMR it's sincerely horrible and viscerally blugh)

    Not sure how strange these are, but I feel like they're on the less common side as far as the triggers I have go.
     
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  10. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    I hate whispering sounds too. Not exactly a trigger but I find them really annoying.
     
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  11. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Non-trauma-related; seeing a slug or even seeing the word written down used to make me feel anxious and grossed-out for the rest of the day. I still can't stand the things, but I can at least casually step over them now.
     
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  12. Athol Magarac

    Athol Magarac I prefer reading posts without a lot of topics.

    Most of what I understand of ASMR comes from Tarol Hunt. Considering that he fought against it being named "brain orgasm" ... leads me to believe that it can trigger extreme emotions in both directions.

    Yes, I skipped some steps. Ping me if you need me to look them up.

    Topic shift.

    I was listening to American Pie. (Skipping the 9/11 connection.) One Christmas tradition when I spend the day in my current home... is to freak out at how there's not enough traffic noise. I lived in the center of a subdivision for a while, and at least one year the kids were creating more noise by using the street as a hockey rink... still freaked out. I'm fine at BIL's house because they're at the back of a subdivision and I don't know if there is supposed to be any traffic.
     
  13. Lazarae

    Lazarae Everything is wrong so why behave?

    Stupid triggers I discovered yesterday:

    The second floor of the local university's performing arts center.
    Drinking fountains (the taste especially but the whole experience is Ungood)

    Dry-swallowing my panic med is less stupid, but not something I expected to experience my first ever full-force flashback over.
     
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  14. Paladin Cassandra

    Paladin Cassandra Synthetic Paladin

    Mine's bleach. Idk why, but every time I smell bleach, I have the strongest fight or flight reaction, to the point that like, I panic at skin-to-skin contact when I can smell it.

    No fucking clue why.
     
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  15. crashXtheXsystem

    crashXtheXsystem New Member

    This is one of those things I am struggling so damn hard with.

    I can barely admit I have PTSD, even though I was diagnosed with it. Admitting it AND dealing with my bizarre, stupid triggers? It's really hard.

    White Smart Cars (and sometimes Mini Coopers because they look similar)
    Telltale Games, especially The Walking Dead (this had me off Twitter when all that stuff went down)
    Pot smoke
    Being woken up with the lights on, if I fell asleep with them on
    TV playing in another room, especially if someone is talking as well

    ETA: Also monster ex's name (his given first name, and the version of his middle name he uses). I am trying really really hard to overcome that one, because the middle name is very common, and the first name is gaining popularity, and I can't cringe every time someone uses it.

    Even writing that shit out has me on edge and twitchy.

    I think, in some ways, it would be easier if I could admit they were triggers. But that would mean admitting everything else, you know?
     
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  16. Charlie

    Charlie I got no strings to hold me down

    Seeing 'crackhead' used as a tumblr insult, unfortunately. Unfortunate because it looks like its only getting more popular... but it makes my guts squirm. Maybe because of my history with my older brother. I don't know.
     
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  17. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    The arc in the webcomic Penny and Aggie where four people are rushing in and out of a diner mistaking each other for other people. Something about that just hits my cringe reaction. Similar issue I think @LadyNighteyes brought up once regarding the bit in Night Watch where Vimes hasn't yet realised he's travelled back in time. I don't know what exactly it is about those sorts of scenarios, but it might be the autism-related "being expected to act like someone else and not being able to" association.
     
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  18. Hawkeguy

    Hawkeguy just a comet

    strong shower smell, especially if it smells like, artificially sweet. and, on very bad days, the song "happy birthday". both used to have worse effects than now, tho
     
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  19. Deresto

    Deresto Struggling, yet climbing higher at a steady pace

    CW: csa, victim blaming, self hatred

    So i sat down and had a talk with a professional and hashed out a previously unknown trgger. Turns out my sister who lives with me is an around the clock 24/7 ptsd trigger. How fucking fun. She personally did nothing to cause my csa trauma but because i said nothing about it for a long time, my abuser preyed on her as well without my noticing.

    She can never live a normal life and its all my fault. I hate.
     
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  20. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    You probably hear that it's not your fault all the time, and it's true, but that probably doesn't help when it feels like it is, so would "I'm sorry that happened to you" help?
     
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