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The Curiosity of Being Triggered


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According to Dr. Judith Orloff, author of The Empath's Survival Guide, being emotionally triggered means "coming from a super reactive place inside you that becomes activated by someone else behaviors or comments. When triggered you may either withdraw emotionally or simply feel hurt or angry or respond in an aggressive way that you will probably regret later".


Often, people get triggered around certain experiences that other's may experience as neutral. This often has to do with our own past history as a child and young adult. For example, some people are tremendously triggered when they experience something that unconsciously or consciously reminds them of interactions or experiences they had as a child.


For example, your boss calls you on the phone and says they need to speak to you immediately. By the tone and words you suddenly become fearful that you have made an error and feel certain there may be consequences including the possibility of losing your job. The experience is so intense that it is difficult to image other possibilities. Looking deeper, for a possible trigger, you may realize that when you were in trouble as a child, your mother had the