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RE: Blocking myself for a week RealMe

Posted by Honore on September 9, 2007, at 16:01:53

In reply to RE: Blocking myself for a week, posted by RealMe on September 9, 2007, at 14:08:19

RealMe, maybe you're misinterpreting what Wittgenstein meant. I of course can't speak for her; but I can speak for myself.

I haven't found you triggering, first of all. To the contrary, I find your posts often illuminating, deep, and probing, and always honest. I also get a great deal from them, and from thinking about my own struggles in light of them.

What I thought when seeing the use of "triggering" in the thread above was that it could be taken as a positive thing. Even if something here causes me to feel pain or sadness or even evokes my own troubles, it can be a place where I can reconsider them, in a less pressured, immediate and emotionally-intense way. It's like emotions recollected later, when the situation is calmer, less fraught. Yes, the painful feelings can be triggered-- but in a useful way, potentially available to more reflection. I thought myself that Wittgenstein's post, even if she felt triggered, revealed that she was getting something positive from what you had written.

We here have come to give "trigger" and "triggering" negative connotations-- but perhaps it's not always, or even primarily a bad thing. I can look at triggering threads, and find myself learning-- and if it becomes too explosive for me, I do leave. I stop reading. That's my job-- not the responsibility, as Daisy said, of those who are exploring such feelings. So maybe triggers offer opportunities, as well as possible pitfalls.

If you feel that you need time off-- of course, you should take it. But don't feel that what you write is harmful or ill-advised. Everything can be risky-- but without risks, we live so constrictedly too. That's one thing that I admire about you-- your risk-taking and willingness to go further, and stay with things, despite whatever you've experienced at times.

I hope you feel better soon.





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