Trigger Points or a Trauma Trigger: an experience that causes someone to recall a previous traumatic memory. This can be an indirect or superficial reminder of the original incident and it doesn’t have to be frightening or traumatic to trigger it. Some examples of relatable trauma stressors are: PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) or a repressed memory. A stimulus can be subtle and hard to foresee.
There comes a moment in our lives (ok, more like moments) where we have all lost our temper a time-or-two. And, that can be about anyone or anything. No one is off limits or excused. Not in today’s world. That being said, our so-called unified community has been anything but unified.
We’re lashing out whenever someone expresses a different opinion from our own. Whether it be Star Wars or some other topic, we’re feeling entitled to pick that person a part. Why? Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you say it. Or in this case, post or tweet. All it takes is one word or even a phrase and the entire thread explodes like the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Oddly enough, I was able to make a connection with what I said above to the Star Wars universe. I’m hoping at least one of you reading this, will be able to find some appreciation for that comparison.
It’s no secret that we all have different nuisances that set us off. In other words, we all have our trigger points. Some are worse off than others, but regardless, I am certainly not about to start pointing fingers. I’m no better than anyone else. And I’m certainly not going to hide the fact that I suffer from PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But, I know I’m not alone. In fact, take a good look at fan-favorite Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and pay close attention to what sets her off during Finn’s initial rescue attempt on Jakku.
“Stop trying to hold my hand!” – Rey
It’s an instant reaction to the gesture and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out – Rey definitely has some unresolved issues going on. Unless you’re Finn, and you’re in the heat-of-the-moment of finding cover from incoming TIE fighters then yeah, you’re oblivious to it.
My two credits on this situation? Well, we all know from the Force vision sequence that Unkar Plutt held her back, literally, by the arm. There’s definitely a justifiable reason for her to feel uneasy when Finn grabs her hand. Honestly, Finn is lucky she didn’t slug him. I wouldn’t have put it past her. After all, she did come charging at him with her staff in-hand ready for a fight.
Another relatable situation is when they (Rey, Han, Chewie, Finn, and BB-8) arrive at Maz’s castle on Takodana. As soon as Finn starts talking about leaving the mission, Rey is obviously distressed by it. She even chases after him and pleads with him to stay in her very own “Rey-like-way.” Her eyes tear up and you can see the apprehension well-up within her. This is where she parallels with Anakin – they both suffer from separation anxiety. It’s almost childlike and it plays right into the next scene — the Force vision or as I like to call it, shadow walking. From that vision, we know that she ended up separated from her family on Jakku. Or at least, we believe it to be her family. Regardless, all the signs point to a repressed memory.
So I guess, what I’m getting at is this: while Rey may mirror what some of us may also be dealing with here, in the real world, she is not real. But, the person on the other side of the computer screen is. Remember that the next time you go to post a comment on someone’s tweet, post, or whatever the case may be – just be kind to one another. And honestly, you don’t know what someone is dealing with on a daily basis. So why add more fodder to their day? Besides, you do have other options, hence the scroll bar. So don’t be like Unkar Plutt, be a trooper and move along, move along.
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Becca Benjamin is a Medical Receptionist for a Retina Specialist, and the Editor-in-chief for The Cantina Cast, an innovative and thought-provoking Star Wars podcast and website, with a down-to-earth approach. She is also a host (with co-host Mark Sutter) on Tarkin’s Top Shelf, a literary Star Wars podcast and the personal author for Lucasfilm artist Steve Anderson. Becca is a monthly blog contributor to Coffee with Kenobi and can also be heard on the TGR Hour Podcast every week, discussing anything and everything Star Wars!
- Original Source for Trauma Trigger or PTSD from Wikipedia