Triggers: How We Can Stop Reacting and Start Healing

Shambhala. Dec. 2019. 200p. ISBN 9781611807653. pap. $16.95. SELF-HELP
The latest from psychotherapist Richo (Five Things We Cannot Change) discusses the science of triggers (immediate responses) and subsequent reactions of fear, anger, and sadness these strong emotions evoke. The author argues that by delving into our inner resources, we can manage our feelings and trust our own ingenuity, here presenting numerous examples of common triggers and how understanding the origins of these responses can point us toward healing past trauma or “unfinished business.” Exercises throughout prod self-searching as a way to initiate positive behaviors instead of allowing unhealthy knee-jerk responses to rule our lives.
VERDICT Particularly beneficial for anyone suffering from past pain, as well as those seeking to be more proficient at owning their own behavior.
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