((Trigger warning for talking about things that trigger us, obviously.))
Do you guys have any triggers that would just seem weird if you didn't take a moment to explain why, or even triggers that you can't even explain? (TBQH I'm hoping this thread will make me feel less like a freak. <_<)
Off the top of my head, the noises styrofoam makes when it's torn or squeezed or pretty much touched in any way, shape or form is a really bad but really strange trigger.
TW: Forced institutionalization
When I was told that I was being... basically abandoned at the mental hospital I stayed at for a week, I kept myself from crying by slowly and methodically tearing a small styrofoam drinking cup to shreds, bit by bit. The sound of styrofoam or anything that resembles it can bring me back to that moment in .05 seconds or less.
Showering is another strong trigger for me, because
TW: parental abuse
hiding in the shower with the water running for ludicrous periods of time used to be my only refuge from dealing with abusive parents because my parents had removed the lock from my door and I was hassled about going out anywhere for any reason if it wasn't to school. I wasn't allowed to leave after a physically and emotionally abusive fight, to walk off steam and escape from possible further abuse, I was just expected to ...stay there, and the bathroom was the only place where I could lock the door and have people leave me alone, at least for a half hour or so, when they started knocking on the door demanding to know why I was taking so long. <_<
This is really rather unfortunate because it results in me not really showering more than once or twice a week. <_<;
I am being really conservative with the spoiler tags and trigger warnings. Better safe than sorry, right? :/