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How to Face Emotional Triggers: A 5-Step Process

Let’s say someone receives a text from a friend breaking plans they had made. Our “hero” of this story had been looking forward to spending time with the friend.

In an instant, the hero interprets the text message and the reason for the plan cancellation.There are many “stories” that can be created to “explain” what’s happening, ranging from “something important must have come up for them at the last minute,” to “they don’t like me anymore.” Depending on the nature of this relationship, past experiences of this scenario’s hero, and how well this person can accept what happens without assigning judgment, a trigger may be possible.For the sake of this article, let’s say that this person is triggered by the text. Certain thoughts are triggered

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