i cant beliueve im gonna have to sit through billy boyd, beloved child hobbit tearjerker pippin, singg about bilbo and thorin’s terrible last moments together, after watching those terrible last moments together. i cant believe thats what im gonna have on repeat for an etnire week after the movie comes oput
If I can play the devil’s advocate for a second I think you will find, hmm, that hell is actually really fucking cool and a good place to go to in general
elementary • 1.13
—no cabbie is going to stop if you blow a whistle at them.
Ah, you’re watching Attack on Titan? I love that anime. The way they all just [clenches fist] die.
oh god i love condensed milk
i could probably eat the whole can
do you have those shows that you just pretend got cancelled after a certain season/episode and any following episodes just never existed in the first place?
A+ gif usage
- First thing’s first: what is a trigger?
A trigger is something that directly causes something else to happen.
In psychology, the term “trigger” is usually defined two ways: something that awakens mental disability in someone, or something that causes someone, typically a person with a mental disability, to have a (usually strong) negative reaction.
The first definition typically refers to people who are likely or prone to have a mental disability, such as through a rich family history of it, but didn’t yet have symptoms until triggered, often by a traumatic event or drug abuse.
But the second definition is what we’re here to talk about.
Triggers often take the form of a particular word, visual, or subject, that will cause a negative reaction in someone. The use of the term has surged in popularity on Tumblr, and spread a bit to other parts of the Internet, as websites have become more useful and accommodating to help people avoid things that will hurt them. Because of this, people are asked to make “trigger warnings” using these tools.
- So what is a trigger warning?
A trigger warning is a warning made to the audience that a post, video, article, and so forth may contain upsetting (“triggering" - we’ll get to this) content.
It typically comes in the form of a tag or as a statement at the start of the video, article, post, etc
The intention is that what is about to be shown is apparent before the audience actually views the item in question. People use browser scripts to remove possibly triggering content as it comes, as well as simply avoiding the content the moment they spot the warning.
This isn’t an uncommon or new tactic. Media content in most countries is legally obligated to warn of certain content. While most often you can’t count these as actual trigger warnings, as they are very generalized and more often for the purpose of keeping minors from this content, sometimes companies take initiative to make more specific warnings that could be compared.
It’s generally considered a decent thing to do to warn your audience of content they may be triggered by or content they asked for you to mark.
- All right, so what is triggering, or being triggered?
Triggering is a verb and an adjective. The act of triggering is causing someone a negative reaction based on a trigger they have. Something that is triggering is something that has caused or may cause a negative reaction.
Being triggered means that a person is having or has had a negative reaction as a result of their trigger.
The act of being triggered can present itself in a myriad of ways. Some people have immediate, extreme reactions (such as a panic attack), and some people have drawn-out, “low” reactions (such as being significantly depressed for a length of time), and everything in between as well as far different from this spectrum. Some people can still function to a degree when triggered, and some can’t function at all.
There isn’t a singular way everyone reacts to their triggers. That’s not how psychology works.
- Why do people get triggered? What can trigger people?
Everything has the potential to be a trigger, because the human experience is vast and unique, and so there are possible situations and environments and events that can cause anything to be a trigger.
People have triggers because of bad things. Bad things that happen to them, or people they care about, or bad things they saw, or bad things they were a part of, and so on. Depending on how you define traumatic*, you could say triggers are a result of trauma.
Even the most seemingly benign things could be a trigger for someone. Because of this, it’s impossible to predict all possible triggering content when making warnings. This is why it’s important to be open minded with your followers and encourage them to tell you what they need marked.
(*As my therapist has taught me, traumatic can actually have a broader definition than what most people believe. When people think of trauma, they always think of something significantly horrible happening to someone that causes them violent change in their mentality. In reality, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a single event or something we’d define as bad. For example, he said, he was traumatized when he accidentally smashed his arms through a window when he was young. It was a pure accident and not a situation of great fear or emotion, and yet it still affected him for years until he found ways to treat it. A long history of neglect by someone you regard significantly can also be considered traumatic, as another example. Essentially, trauma is more defined by whether something causes a lasting negative effect.)
- But then what is a content warning?
A content warning is different from a trigger warning in that its purpose is to warn of certain content that people may not want to see rather than content that could trigger someone. It’s more encompassing and doesn’t imply someone needs to be particularly affected by something to want to avoid it.
- How do you properly make a trigger or content warning?
Most people on Tumblr format their warnings like this: #cw trigger or #tw trigger.
In reality, it’s much more useful and more likely to be caught by blacklist scripts to format it like: #trigger or #trigger cw or #trigger tw. Most blacklists work in a manner that recognizes the order of words rather than the words used themselves. As such, making sure the trigger is the first word makes it much more likely to be picked up on.
On a related note, some people don’t want their warnings to be able to be found through searching or through their /tagged/ posts. The way to avoid your trigger tags showing up in tag searches is to either make sure it is not one of the first five tags of an original post, or to add a random string of numbers or letters, slashes (/), or other scrambles after the trigger, such as: #trigger //// or #trigger 04958093
I think that’s about all I have to say.