Why Do I Get Triggered?

Ego, Emotions, Exploring Triggers, Fear, Limiting Beliefs, Marriage
April 6, 2021

The Authentic Wife and Mom

Beth Rowles | The Conscious Marriage Coach

We’re triggered when something happens that creates intense emotions in us that are some type of FEAR. We can experience rejection, betrayal, disapproval, criticism, loss of control, feeling unwanted, etc.

What Causes It?

The trigger can be related to trauma or adverse childhood experiences, and it can also be related to the beliefs that we hold. Something as simple as being shamed when we’re young and not being able to properly process the emotion and understand that experience means that a similar experience can trigger the same thoughts and feelings again, even if what’s actually happening is something entirely different. We can end up taking the stimulus and making a story about it that is related to our thorny stories.

Our Beliefs Can Make Us Reactive

We all hold a set of beliefs about ourselves and the way the world works. Triggers related to our beliefs can happen when:

  1. Either they can be challenged and that threatens our sense of identity
  2. Or we continue to believe something about ourselves that’s not true

So, for example, if we believe that being a “Braves fan” or “engineer” is part of who we are, and someone says all Braves fans and engineers are dumb, then we can feel threatened.

Or, we can have beliefs like “No one likes me if I’m myself” and then when someone does something we perceive as rejection, we lean into that false limiting belief again.

Fear as Guidance vs. Ego Fear

The emotional part of our brain, our limbic system, exists to keep us safe but often our perception of what’s happening makes us feel unsafe rather than us actually being unsafe. Reactivity is great in a life-or-death situation when we need fear to kick in. When our hair raises or a strange man approaches us in a dark parking garage, we need to trust our fear. That’s when it’s critical that we don’t default to being nice girls or people pleasers and just let our body lead the way to safety.

But when we’re reacting to a stimulus that’s not a threat we need to pause and question it. If our husband says he’s hungry and we start to have an emotional reaction to it, then a limiting belief like “I’m not a good cook, I’m not good enough, no one likes me” is present that we need to deconstruct to find the origin of, reparent our inner child, heal from the emotional wounding around it, and choose a supportive new belief.

Once we’ve done more work and released repressed emotions, we’ll have free-flowing emotions based on what’s happening in the present moment rather than what’s happened in our past.

When we heal the emotional baggage we carry, then we’re just reacting to the moment rather than being triggered by an event that recalls something from our past.


Beth Rowles
Follow me!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I'm Beth Rowles, Hi!

I help driven moms use the conflict in their marriage as a feedback loop to grow in self-awareness so they can create the marriage they, and their kids, deserve without leaving the one they're in or waiting for their husband to evolve.

I'm the author of The Authentic Wife: Uncaging Yourself Through Marriage and host of The Authentic Wife Show podcast & YouTube channel.


Recent Posts




Save your marriage from divorce coaching course book Beth Rowles relationship trailblazer. What's your Soul Truth in Marriage?

FREE: The Princess & The Peeve™ Instantly Take Control Of Your Life By Learning What Your Current Emotions Mean

The Princess & The Peeve Emotion Assessment Worksheet

FREE: Get 30 Texts/Scripts to Ask Your Husband for Help Without Getting Resistance

30 Texts to Ask Your Husband for Help Without Starting a Fight

Are You True to Yourself in Your Marriage? Read My Book, The Authentic Wife:

The Authentic Wife: Uncaging Yourself Through Marriage by Beth Rowles

Learn How to Love Your Husband Again, Even If It Feels Like It's Too Late

Love Him Again: A Step-by-Step Guide to Saving Your Marriage by Beth Rowles

6-Month Marriage Coaching Program for Wives Contemplating Divorce

Happily Ever After 6-Month Marriage Coaching Program

"Your partner is ultimately a mirror of how you feel about yourself, and your relationship will call on you to get into integrity with earlier wounds and negative life patterns."

--Dr. Laura Berman, Quantum Love

Love Queen, Enneagram 5, Child Prioritizer, Problem Solver, Book Lover, Authenticity Expert, And Your Marriage Saver

I’m Beth.
Your Authenticity
[to keep it a Family] Coach.

You and your kids deserve a marriage that brings your light to life. That may seem far away right now, but I’m proof that it’s possible and in your power to create! Stop worrying about what your kids are learning from him and let’s figure out what they can learn from you, mama!