I’m so triggered …

So, what happens if the parties gets triggered? This is a word we hear all the time now. What does it mean to be triggered? The word has become a standard meme, and its overuse in popular culture has broadened the term beyond its professional definition. Psychology professionals use the word in therapy to describe the evoking of a memory of a traumatic event which results in agitation, upset or panic. However, the meme version of the word has come to mean anything that makes you angry from a political standpoint. The term is now caught up in internet-based “political correctness” wars. This shift in the usage of the term relates to your work as mediators because you will most likely hear parties say this now, and you need to know how to reframe the use of the term. This word has become a default single word that oversimplifies otherwise complex emotional vocabulary.