The Real Culprit Behind Emotional Triggers

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I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we ALL have emotional triggers. Triggered by things like rejection, funny style people, controlling/cult-ish tendencies, condescending behavior, nosiness, and unsolicited advice, fully letting go of past hurts can feel like pulling teeth when you haven’t experienced true spiritual growth. They also tend to transfer over to your adult life. When faced with present-day situations that remind you of things that have happened in the past, it’s hard to just shove those memories in the back of your mind and forget that they ever happened.

While some people have no problems with confronting their issues with their wrongdoers head on, others use withdrawal and cutting people totally off as coping mechanisms—which is no doubt an unhealthy way of dealing with conflict. If I told you that your triggers can completely be eliminated, I’d be lying to you. But there is a solution for alleviating the symptoms. Question is, do you know what they are?

Take a trip down memory lane to where it all started—your childhood. What wounds have you put a band-aid on that have yet to be healed? Were you teased or bullied by your classmates? Were you born into a toxic, dysfunctional family bound by the chains of a generational curse? Were you neglected as a child by a parent? Acceptance is the first step to change.

Think about the ways you retaliate when triggered. How does it make you feel? Do you get angry? Clingy? Depressed? Feelings that disrupt your peace don’t come from God. Emotional triggers are an attack of the enemy. Satan’s only purpose on this earth is to take you out. At this very second, he is doing everything in his power to steal your joy, kill your faith, and destroy your belief in God. But he’ll only get away with what you allow. God gives us power and authority over the enemy to keep him where he belongs—under our feet. Use it!

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Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past (Isaiah 43:18). Unresolved conflict leads to hardened hearts. Face your problems and then move on with your life. Don’t be that person everyone has to walk on eggshells around. Meet people where they are, love unconditionally, and stop taking things personally. You never know what impact God is calling you to make in the lives of others.

Johnaé Elease


Johnaé Elease is the founder of The Happy Joy. As someone whose personality is often described as bright & bubbly, her love for writing and sharing meaningful advice sparked the idea for this online community. Johnaé is also a humble servant of Christ who credits God, and her mother, as the primary reasons for her happiness.

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