what exactly is a 'trigger'? do you mean it as something that could trigger a potentially negative emotional response? how sensitive exactly are people to these triggers? I don't mean to sound ignorant but this is something I've never encountered
No worries, wanting to learn is a good thing, I’m not going to slight you for it. :)
You’ve got the gist of it with “something that could trigger a potentially negative emotional response.” Specifically, triggers tend to be things that evoke memories of a traumatizing event (although they’re not limited to that). For example, someone with a history of self-harm could be triggered by an image of someone cutting themselves - it can bring up all the feelings they had at that moment, and thus cause them to want to start cutting again. Or, someone who was abused as a child could be triggered by a scene in which a parent menacingly approaches a child holding a belt - you get the idea. ”Triggers” can cause panic attacks, episodes of depression, etc.
The sensitivity someone has to a trigger varies by the individual. For some people, hearing a rape joke or seeing a depiction of rape after experiencing sexual trauma could cause them to feel depressed and anxious for days (at minimum). It could also be “milder” - for example, when I was grieving after my dad died, even feel-good Disney movies like The Lion King (where, of course, Simba’s dad dies) would make me cry for hours. Most people wouldn’t consider a children’s movie to be triggering - but it was. Triggers can apply to things like phobias as well (such as, warning someone who’s afraid of spiders that there is a scene with a tarantula in a movie), and they can include things like blood and gore or supernatural horror, because different people can be affected by different people by different things. It might sound alien to some people, but as an example of the latter - say someone is on tumblr late at night, and this is someone who generally avoids horror movies because they know that they really disturb them. Then someone reblogs a gifset from The Shining without tagging it - the person remembers all the terrifying images that affected them when they watched the movie at a slumber party years ago, and suddenly can’t fall asleep that night. They could literally be paralyzed by terror.
Obviously, triggers can vary widely in degree and in their causes. I try to be very encompassing with triggers on this blog, because I feel like it’s not my place to determine what is a “valid” trigger. It’s my belief that one of the main reasons that people consume media is entertainment/escapism (of course, there are other reasons, but that’s an important one). So why should they have to worry about something causing a panic attack when they’re trying to relax, when it could be prevented with a warning?
Hopefully that answers your question, but if not, feel free to inquire further - and don’t forget to try Google, there are tons of resources out there! :)
hey thanks for reblogging my post about Libertarias, but it may be misleading to some (if you don't research the movie first) since the rest of the movie has themes around sexual harassment, rape, death. the end is just the very worst part. not sure if that matters but take into consideration.
Good to know, thanks for taking the time to clarify!
okay I was warned about this already but watch Libertarias only until 1:45 tw rape, gore. the rest of the movie is worth it but just do not watch the end just do not.
If you’re going to see Divergent, be aware that it contains a fairly unexpected and graphic rape scene.
an article about it
If it stays true to the book it will also depict child abuse.
Stay safe friends!
though i haven't seen much else of it, the pilot episode of Bates Motel has a pretty graphic rape scene. i had the not-so-great fortune to be at a friend's place with a bunch of people who don't know my issues with sexual assault, so if i can help anyone else avoid that in the future, i'd like to do so.
Noted. Thank you for your input, I’m so sorry that happened to you. <3
*also serious emotional abuse in Bates Motel.
This is phrased like it’s part 2 of a longer ask, but this was the only one I got? Feel free to resubmit! <3
A very creative movie that takes on the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” trope. Should contain trigger warnings for abusive relationships and controlling behavior, as well as general misogynistic attitudes. (To be clear - the movie is fighting against this dehumanization and misogyny, not espousing it, but the very showcasing of it could potentially be triggering to those who’ve experienced abuse.)
can you please boost that the movie "identity thief" includes: the use of the t-slur/transphobia in general, body shaming/fat shaming, and a lot of depicted use of alcohol/drug abuse? thanks!
Hey guys, I just had a second friend complain to me so a bit of signal boosting — can we please tag anything related to Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared? I have friends who were forced to watch it without being told what it entailed. It was triggering for them before, and now it’s starting to fill their dashes. One of them is having to avoid tumblr altogether for the time being.
Reblogging this would be cool too. Thank you!
"The Spectacular Now" hit stores earlier today, and though a lovely film, it should contain trigger warnings for alcohol abuse, drunk driving, and (spoiler alert) a car accident.
Stay safe, and feel free to signal boost and submit suggestions here.