Posted by Larry Hoover on January 16, 2008, at 8:01:00
In reply to Re: trigger trigger » Phillipa, posted by caraher on January 15, 2008, at 23:03:23
> I think Larry's just asking that people refrain from postings where "trigger" is clearly being used in a lighthearted vein.
> I doesn't bother me when people do that - I can usually figure out which trigger warnings are serious - but I think Larry's concern is that if it happens a lot some Babblers will blunder into reading something truly triggering that they'd rather avoid because flippant use of the "trigger" label drains it of its power as a warning.
Yes. It is a special word, with special meaning. Inappropriate use diminishes it. It confuses the issue, one that was already confusing for some who don't carry the burden of trauma, at the very least. It also trivializes the issue. It's not funny. I experienced considerable feelings of emotional vulnerability by just raising my point of concern.