Just like our senses, our body has signals like breathing, heartbeat, metabolism and other internal movements that may be considered a source of sensory input for the brain. This, when mixed with our original sensory inputs like touch, sight and hearing, can create emotions.

Example: a stomachache can be seen as meaning something else just with the accompanying signal being good (a lover coming to see you) or bad (sniffing something horrible).

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Self Improvement

You can take steps now to influence your future emotional experiences.

Knowing your real emotion can provide a deeper understanding of the situation you are in, such as reframing your unhappiness, so it no longer feels so all-consuming. You may also reconsider the source of your discomfort. Eventually, you may be able to categorise a situation with precision.

A new way to look at emotions – and how to master yours


These are the three usual suspects, stuff we do to cope-up with our emotions:

  1. Bottling up our emotions, leading to stress.
  2. Brooding over our emotions, which usually leads to self-blame.
  3. Forcing ourselves to see everything as positive, which can be delusional in many cases.

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Trouble accepting emotions

It's very hard to deal with emotions that are painful, extreme, and sometimes even scary. however accepting your emotions can actually help improve your emotion regulation and lead to fewer mood swings and more emotional balance. Many people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and other psychiatric disorders that involve intense emotional experiences have trouble accepting emotions.

Accepting Emotions When You Have BPD Will Improve Your Health


How triggers are formed

We don't know precisely how triggers are formed. Some researchers believe that our brains store memories from a traumatic event differently from memories of non-traumatic event.

Past traumatic events may be interperted by the brain as current. This causes the body to experience symptoms similar to the original trauma (such a the fight and flight response).

We also know that triggers can cause an emotional reaction before a person realizes why they have become upset. Often triggers have a strong sensory connection (a sight, sound, taste, or smell), or are connected in some way to a deeply ingrained habit (for example, a recovering alcoholic who associates a particular activity with drinking).

Some refer to this as "traumatic coupling," where a trigger is connected to a traumatic experience, causing you to relive symptoms.

What Does It Mean to Be Triggered?


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