No, not Tiggers! Triggers.
April 15, 2014 3:11 PM Subscribe
I would like to give a short awareness talk aimed at raising awareness of triggers. Five minutes or less, keyed towards the safety issues for the trigeree. What key points should I include?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Anon for this one because it involves work.
I work for VeryBigCo ("VBC"). VBC loves to raise safety awareness, and safety presentations are a daily phenomenon. Some are well thought out and are very effective. These are usually based on personal experiences of someone in the room and are either told by that person or with their permission. (We'll call these type A for Awesome.) Others not so much. They can be hastily thrown together and are muddled through with a level of discomfort and "let's just all get through this and move on" feeling for everyone in the room, complete with awkward giggles and statements. (We'll call these type B, for, well, fill in the blank.)
The trouble with the type B presentations is that the level of safety awareness raised is zero. And the presenter is running the risk that someone in the room will be triggered by the material in the presentation. (And then doubly triggered by the disrespectful hatchet job someone just made out of their personal demon.) There is a net loss of well-being (safety, health and otherwise).
Today I was the trigeree of a type B presentation. This got me thinking that it might be good to do a safety presentation (of the type A variety) regarding triggers. What they are, how they happen, how they affect the safety and health of the person who is triggered.
Since my trauma, this site has been very helpful for my understanding of my own triggers, so I would really appreciate hearing from the Council about (a) what they would like to hear in such a presentation and/or (b) what resources or references are "musts".
A few notes before I say, Ready? Robes on!-
This presentation would be to a different group than today's, so it isn't intended as a call-out.
I did speak up today to the effect of, this is something very personal and important to me, and I would like to highlight x, y and z that will actually help raise your safety in those situations.
I am aware that we are each the person best placed to handle our own triggers, and that we can't control others. I am in therapy and have been since the trauma, and am making a lot of progress on that front.
Ok, now- Ready? Robes on!