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What are examples of emotional triggers?

Eliza Kingsford, LPC
Nutrition & Dietetics
An example of an emotional trigger might be when you smell fresh cookies baking in the oven and you automatically feel a sense of nostalgia. This is because your grandmother used to cook them for you when you were a child. You may feel the nostalgia, but the image of your grandmother may or may not even come to your mind. An example of an unfavorable trigger might be that when your boss critiques your proposal and you feel immediately defensive and attacked by him. This is because your father was overly critical of your homework and never praised you for doing it well. However, when your boss critiques you, you don’t automatically think of your father. This is where emotional triggers get tricky -- feeling an emotion connected to something but not having a clear path to why you feel that way.

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