List of Triggers

For my own use as well as others. Part of my back matter will include list of triggers either by page or chapter.

  • Sexual Assault
  • Abuse
  • Child abuse/pedophilia/incest
  • Animal cruelty or animal death
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Eating disorders, body hatred, and fat phobia
  • Violence
  • Pornographic content
  • Kidnapping and abduction
  • Death or dying
  • Pregnancy/Childbirth
  • Miscarriages/Abortion
  • Blood
  • Mental illness and ableism
  • Racism and racial slurs
  • Sexism and misogyny
  • Classism
  • Hateful language directed at religious groups (e.g., Islamophobia, antisemitism)
  • Transphobia and trans misogyny
  • Homophobia and heterosexism
  • 9/11
  • ableism
  • abusive relationship
  • ageism
  • alcoholism
  • amputation
  • animal abuse
  • animal death
  • animal violence
  • bestiality
  • blood (gore)
  • blood (minor)
  • bodies/corpses
  • body horror
  • bones (animal)
  • bones (human)
  • branding
  • bullying
  • cannibalism
  • car accident
  • child abuse
  • childbirth
  • classism
  • cyberbullying
  • death/dying
  • death penalty
  • decapitation
  • dental trauma
  • domestic abuse (emotional)
  • domestic abuse (physical)
  • domestic abuse (sexual)
  • domestic abuse (verbal)
  • drinking (heavy)
  • drinking (recreational)
  • drug use (intravenous)
  • drug use (mentioned)
  • drug use (onscreen)
  • drug use (prescription)
  • eating disorder
  • ED (anorexia)
  • ED (binge eating)
  • ED (bulimia)
  • fatphobia
  • forced captivity
  • graphic sex
  • guns
  • holocaust (denial)
  • holocaust (discussion)
  • holocaust (images)
  • homophobia
  • hospitalisation
  • hostages
  • hunting
  • insects
  • incest
  • kidnapping
  • medical procedures
  • murder
  • murder (attempted)
  • nazi paraphernalia
  • needles
  • overdose (accidental)
  • overdose (fatal)
  • overdose (intentional)
  • pedophilia
  • poisoning
  • pregnancy
  • prostitution
  • PTSD
  • racism
  • rape
  • rape (attempted)
  • ritualistic self-harm
  • scarification
  • self-harm
  • self-harm (cutting)
  • serious injury
  • sexism
  • sexual abuse
  • skeletons
  • skulls
  • slavery
  • slurs
  • smoking
  • snakes
  • spiders
  • suicide
  • suicide (attempted)
  • suicidal images
  • suicidal thoughts
  • swearing
  • terminal illness
  • terrorism
  • torture
  • torture (sexual)
  • trans* rejection/misgendering
  • transphobia
  • violence
  • vomit
  • warfare
  • weapons

The first collection was decided by a professor and listed on class expectation list before students got involved. [https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/inclusive-teaching/inclusive-classrooms/an-introduction-to-content-warnings-and-trigger-warnings/]

The second collection (starting at 9/11) is a tumblr list for TW. [https://trigger-warnings.tumblr.com/tags] This one has links to further knowledge about each one if you have questions.

If you can think of more, please suggest it. Realize triggers are different in words than in visual or audio. I can write about fireworks without it setting off the actual trigger the sound of fireworks cause.

And always, think before you post/publish. Triggers can take someone out of function. You lose them. It’s not some joke. When we triggered my father innocently as children, we were physically injured. Because triggers aren’t a game. The person will go into flight or fight response.

Take this seriously.

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