Talking about trigger warnings

Hello there, readers! I know, I haven’t really been around much. Sorry. Life’s been busy, and with another blog, the outlines of a novel, and just other everyday stuff going on, I’ve ended up letting more time than I wished to go by. I’ll try my best to get better about that.

With the apologies out of the way, let’s go to the theme I came here to talk about: trigger warnings.

A recent article has been making the rounds that basically states that trigger warnings are harmful to those they seek to help. The study behind the article hasn’t, from what I understood, worked with a large group, so I’m still weary of its validity. Being involved in the collaborative writing community, though, trigger warnings are a hot-button topic.

Anyone who has read my previous post has seen that I’m not completely opposite to them, since I have used a trigger warning on top of my post. But I do have a problem with them sometimes.

When? Well, when they’re used to make someone’s mental health everyone else’s responsibility. I believe trigger warnings are a useful tool, but not for everyone and everything.

A good example of the usefulness of trigger warnings: You’re planning on watching a movie that’s free for the whole family, but at some point during this movie, there’s a very disturbing scene or storyline. It’s nothing graphical, but it can be disturbing. So there’s a note there: This movie may contain disturbing scenes involving (insert theme here). So you, as a responsible adult, read this warning, heed it and opt out of the movie.

A bad example: You’re going to watch a horror movie, the latest installment in a franchise you know to be violent and gory. You watch it anyway and then complain that you got triggered by the violence. You knew it was a violent movie! 

Basically, what I mean is that trigger warnings are not supposed to make your/my mental health anyone else’s responsibility. They’re supposed to give me tools to manage my own mental health. If I ignore them and get triggered? Yup, that’s 100% on me as the adult I am.

Well, I have spoken my mind on that, and I’m sure it’s a pretty unpopular point of view (at least in the communities I’m involved in), but I’d like to hear your point of view, readers. Please do share it, and remember to be civil, both in your comments and possible replies to other people’s comments. Remember the human.

Thanks for reading, and see you all on the next post!

6 thoughts on “Talking about trigger warnings”

    1. Sadly I have been banned of communities because after placing trigger warnings on content, some human went ahead anyway, read the content and then put a complaint with the staff that they had gotten triggered. Just one more case of people misusing a valuable tool and ruining it for everyone. :/

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  1. It is a shame that you felt compelled to write this, but it seems to be an unfortunate truth of the world we now live in. It’s amazing how so many have forgotten that you can simply do things like “unfollow”, change the channel and/or walk away. Good read, by the way.

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    1. Yup. I completely understand having triggers from reading something, even though I don’t. But once there’s a warning tacked up there, people need to understand that it is their choice to read or to look away. Thank you for dropping by! :)

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