Triggers

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Triggers are bad. Triggers are the conditions (e.g. words, sights, sounds) that temporarily overthrow the intelligent human mind's conscious command of our thoughts and actions, falling instead to being driven by the 'felt' imperatives of the unconscious fight-or-flight brain. Some triggers may be legitimate. Some triggers may even trigger appropriate reaction that's useful in the moment of triggering. But a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day yet we can say categorically it's a bad clock to reply on if you want to know the time. Same is true for being triggered and using triggers to guide behavior. It's degrading to our human higher function. In microcosm it's like the lowest common denominator action of a mob contained in one person. Rather comical but also pathetic; and sometimes dangerous.

There are forces in society that work to exert control through conditioning people's behavior and triggers get used to train and test and weaponize this conditioning. It's an important dynamic to be alert for and resist whether it's perceived. Triggers subordinate your individual freedom to crude group norms. These are seldom in your best interest; and if they are, you can reach the same conclusion using independent reason. Never necessary to act simply because it's expected (by a group).

Common conditioned triggers are:

  1. vanity threatened
  2. sympathetic revulsion
  3. in-group aggrandizement
  4. out-group intrusion
  5. projected antipathy
  6. scale deindividuation
  7. conditioned label presumption
  8. neurotic displacement
  9. evading the road less traveled
  10. cleaving to path of least resistance
  11. competitiveness short-cut
  12. avarice and possessiveness
  13. gluttony and greed
  14. comfort zone
  15. error / being wrong publicly exposed

Common natural foundation triggers:

  1. great risk to little reward
  2. physical danger in close proximity
  3. unexpected or familiar evil sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
  4. exposure to phobia
  5. resistance to pattern matching
  6. ease of pattern matching
  7. closeness / familiarity of pattern
  8. foreignness / weirdness of pattern
  9. libido / sexual attraction
  10. sexual repulsion
  11. challenge to self / identity / status
  12. associated memory of above