Have you ever seen police lights in your rearview mirror and get a sudden wave of fear? Your heart rate starts pulsing and you begin to think of every little thing you just did to see if it is you who is getting pulled over?
That my friend is a trigger. And when you have PTSD it can take something as simple as spending time with a 3-year-old child when all of a sudden you have flashbacks to a time and place where you are in trauma.
Triggers are something every person has whether they have PTSD or not. As a survivor of Complex PTSD, I can tell you those triggers come out of nowhere even when you are healthy and far removed from the narc.
Today I am going to help you by identifying ways to deal with those triggers to minimize the effect.
Triggers can be both internal and external.
Examples of internal triggers are:
Examples of external triggers are:
We ALL experience triggers. But today I am going to teach you how to deal with those triggers.
Undesired outcomes of triggers are:
Next Thursday we will discuss conditional vs unconditional love. It will take its own video to discuss.
It is imperative that one has a safety plan in place. Visiting with a professional therapist will help. I know it saved my life.
If you cannot avoid the narcissist be sure to come up with several coping strategies like the ones listed above.