I remember being triggered this severely once. I was sitting with a client conducting a counseling session when this person’s story caused one of my repressed memories to resurface. It was terrifying. Suddenly there was an overlay of what I was listening to and the replaying of my own abuse.
I just sat there struck dumb until I could recover enough to carry on with the session. I don’t know if the client realized I’d disappeared for a several seconds or not. She acted like she hadn’t, which isn’t surprising given the nature of what she was sharing.
Being triggered usually is on the mild side for me, with an elevated heart rate, or of feeling stirred up. But once in awhile it can result in an earthquake-sized reaction. Thank you for this excellent reminder regarding the need to be sensitive towards others! Great piece!