Michelle Chalfant | The Adult Chair | 340 – How To Work With Triggers
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340 – How To Work With Triggers

We all know the feeling: someone says or does something, and we feel our heart rate go up, the heat rise in our body, and the anxiety or anger take over. We just got triggered!


A trigger is an emotional reaction that we have to someone else’s words or actions. They often catch us off guard and can flood us with “negative” emotions, and if we’re not being conscious, our first reaction is usually to blame the person who triggered us.


But triggers aren’t about others; they’re always about us! And after years of working with my own, I can honestly say that triggers are a GIFT! 


Triggers reveal unconscious beliefs to us – limiting, untrue beliefs that shape our reality and hold us back in life – and give us a chance to heal them. When we have the tools to work through them, we can harness the healing and awareness they hold for us instead of shoving them down, spiraling into negativity or lashing out at others.


In this episode, I’m giving you the scoop on what triggers are, how they form and what they can tell us about ourselves, plus my go-to, hands-on steps for working with them.


Listen to discover:


  • What the heck a trigger is – and why triggers are a gift
  • How triggers get formed
  • Why your triggers and unconscious beliefs affect your life and your reality
  • The role of projection in triggers
  • Practical steps to work with triggers


Triggers are never fun, but we don’t have to get swept away by triggers or let them hijack our emotions. When we develop the skills to work with them, we can live with more peace and balance in every part of our lives…and get to know ourselves a lot better along the way.


“[Triggers] are really key to our growth.”  – Michelle Chalfant 


“Our triggers are our responsibility.” – Michelle Chalfant 


“Triggers belong to ourselves.” – Michelle Chalfant 


“If someone outside of you is acting like that, it will not bother you unless you have the same quality inside of you.” – Michelle Chalfant


“The more we work on our stuff, the less we get triggered.” – Michelle Chalfant


“That’s why I love triggers: because when we’re triggered, it’s like this belief that’s been in the dark gets lifted out of the dark and into the light.” – Michelle Chalfant 


“They help us to know the unknown that’s deep inside of us.” – Michelle Chalfant 


“When we get in touch with these unconscious beliefs, our lives begin to change.” – Michelle Chalfant


“You have to go into what scares you. That is how you transform it.” – Michelle Chalfant





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