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Trigger Warning (TW)

A trigger warning is a notice provided before content that could potentially evoke strong emotional or psychological reactions in individuals who have experienced trauma or have specific sensitivities. 

How are trigger warnings used?

The purpose of a trigger warning is to give people the opportunity to prepare themselves or avoid content that may be distressing or triggering for them. Trigger warnings are often used in contexts such as online articles, blog posts, social media content, or discussions that cover topics like violence, abuse, self-harm, sexual assault, or other potentially traumatic experiences. They aim to give individuals who might be affected by such content the chance to make an informed decision about whether to engage with it or seek support.

Why are trigger warnings important?

Trigger warnings are not meant to censor or eliminate uncomfortable or challenging topics from discussion but rather to provide individuals with the choice to engage at their own discretion, considering their mental and emotional well-being. They acknowledge the potential impact of certain content on individuals who have experienced trauma and promote a more inclusive and empathetic environment.

It's important to note that the use and implementation of trigger warnings can vary.


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