Why Did I do That?
Have you ever smelled chocolate chip cookies and instantly felt comfort and love? Has a mere expression on someone’s face put you in a bad mood, even a state of rage? Emotional triggers can be described as an immediate emotional reaction in which the intensity is excessive to the cause. It can be an event, a person, place or any experience that we’ve had. Even tastes, smells or the look on some one's face can trigger excessive responses. The initial event that sets the reaction in stone is usually long over and forgotten. When the conscious mind accepts and attaches an emotion to something, it stores it safely in the unconscious mind much like a filing cabinet. The information just stays there waiting to be opened by some innocent external force. The subconscious mind stores every memory and is very quick to recall and respond emotions attached to those memories. Triggers can be positive and negative. It is those negative triggers that usually end up making us say to ourselves, “Why on earth did I say/do that?”