Friday, 8 December 2017

'Triggered' is not the word

  1. (of a mechanism) activated by a trigger.

    "a triggered alarm"
    • (of a response) caused by particular action, process, or situation.

      "a triggered memory of his childhood

  2. Person 1: "Stop clicking your pen."
  3. Person 2: "Alright, stop getting so triggered!"

Call it being annoyed. Call it being irritated. Call it being distracted. But do not- and I repeat do not call it being triggered

It's just another one of those words that's become so popular for the complete wrong reason. I find it ridiculous that people are still saying things like "I'm so OCD about things being messy" or "Those lines are giving me Autism". It's just wrong on so many levels.

I think the issue is that people are unaware of the severity of their actual meanings. The examples I gave are both diagnostic mental disorders that people have to live with on a day to day basis. Having OCD is not just liking to have things tidy, it's recurring, obsessive thoughts that haunt you. Similarly, you can't catch Autism like- what?!

I think I find the popularity of the word triggered to be the worst because there are people out there who do have triggers. Lots of them. Your unnecessary remarks and poking fun at related issues are only adding to the stigma and making people feel uncomfortable.

In short: just be considerate. I completely understand that it's difficult to always think over your actions, but if just a few more people learnt to bite their tongue, the world might be just that bit of a nicer place.

Linked below is a video I found on YouTube that inspired my interest for this topic. Make sure to check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments or by email.
Lots and lots of love,
Marti xxx


  1. This is such an important message! People need to realise the negative effect that word has and be more sensitive to how it could be perceived by others, you're 100% right :) good on you for talking about this topic :)


  2. THANK YOU FOR SAYING THIS! It's the same with 'giving me diabetes' or 'that gave me anxiety' or 'I had a mini heart attack' or 'I had a total panic attack' etc etc xxxx WORDS ARE SO IMPORTANT AND SO POWERFUL. I LOVE YOU MARTI. xx