What’s Got You Triggered?
What triggers your anger?
This is Vince Miller.
Our text today is from James 1:20. It reads:
For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. — James 1:20
Everyone gets angry. Sometimes our anger produces a response resulting in an implosion or explosion. And these implosions and explosions do nothing good in us or to other people. But as much as these moments seem to “catch us by surprise,” we shouldn’t be surprised by them or their results. James is definitive in this text. Man’s anger has negative results. But the primary issue is not just the results. It’s the triggering event that elicits the anger that, in the process, produces unrighteous results. And that is what most men driven by anger fail to give attention to — the triggering event that leads to the anger. Yet the good news is that a man indwelled by the Spirit of God can redirect this process and the results.
But this requires keen spiritual awareness and a learned sensitivity to the Spirit. Because if we lower our guard even for a moment, the enemy will strike, and the emotions and injustices that most trigger us will lead us toward unrighteous responses and results. And as we all know, these responses have a tragic cost to our marriages, families, friendships, and coworkers.
Here is your call to action today:
I want you to identify what triggers your anger. What is it? Identity it. Call it out. Confess it. And then remember it, so the next time that trigger strikes, you’ll see it coming. And when it does, let the Spirit convict and give him power over that trigger so it won’t have power over you.
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136 thoughts on “What’s Got You Triggered?”
Perceived disrespect, or open disrespect, from my children, mostly, to myself is my main trigger for anger. When they just don’t appreciate the amount of spoiled they really are and just say something to show how much they DON’T appreciate the things in life that they are not guaranteed. My wife’s anger and super short fuse are also a trigger for me recently, because it is hard to respond to grrrrrrrrr with calm in the moment seemingly every day, but I do my best most days to remember that I might have been the one to pull the pin from that grenade, so I shouldn’t be surprised when shrapnel comes my way.
My anger is mostly triggered by circumstances, especially when there’s perceived injustice. I’ve started recently to speak against the wrong thinking behind my reactions. Slow change but it’s moving in the right direction.
Not being heard is probably one of my biggest triggers. Especially in conflict, wether professionally, or in marriage, also co-parenting. When my voice or opinions and values are respected and taken seriously it cuts deep. I need to choose forgiveness first instead of anger.
Accountability, especially when I believe that they can do it. But then again I realize that I have no control over someone’s decisions. But it still gets me.
I have health issues that cause me problems on a daily basis. I don’t dwell on my health, but I don’t feel well most of the time. My wife and two young daughters are draining every bit of energy out of my. I’m a jack of all trades, not trying to toot my own horn, and just about everything that needs to be done for my family. My oldest(10) has ADHD, ODD, and an emotional regulation disorder. Her behavior is not good and it trickles down to my yougest(3). I’m a retired veteran, and a stay at home dad. I was homeschooling my oldest, but she couldn’t do her part, so she started public school this past January. I stay home with my youngest and do learning activities with her, along with other task around the house. My wife works full time and does some things around the house. I don’t feel appreciated or respected as a father and husband. I’m sorry for making this so long, but my household is my biggest triggers at the moment, and have been for going on foir uears now. We’re in couseling, at a new place with my oldest. That’s a whole other journey and story. I’m normally not one to put my business out, but out of honesty, these are my biggest triggers. I never envisoned my household would be this chaotic and a mess!
Unsolicited advice really triggers my anger. Everything is not going to go right the first time. Unsolicited advice, especially from people with no experience, can really trigger me.
I’m having a difficult time coming up with a good descriptive of my trigger(s), but I know my patience for individuals that don’t own up to their responsibilities or their own mistakes but blame others (me)… boils my blood pretty quickly.
My trigger is not living up to my own high expectations.
My limited patience is my trigger.
My biggest trigger is when I don’t feel well and still have to clean up after my youngest. She 24 and should be able to clear her own dishes and at the least put her glasses to soak with water and soap.
i feel we as men can identify with all of the triggers listed by this group of men. One specific trigger I have is that I tend to mirror anger back when someone is angry towards me. When I know that I am right about something I want to win the argument. I think this comes from growing up in a blended family myself with all boys. My stepmother would always take the side of her boys.
My trigger is sometimes when I have to repeat myself over and over about the same things, especially when it comes to work. Explaining the same thing over and over to a client and I get annoyed by having to explain it again. But as I write this, I wonder if that is how God feels about me. I.e. How he has to constantly having to remind me over and over to do or not to do something.
Not getting enough sleep and holding onto addictive behaviors. Also choosing to engage with someone without listening to what they are really saying.
One of my main triggers is with my son who frequently disresepcts his mother and I have been told it is not my place to discipline him (Blended family dynamics)
Totally understand this one.
When I feel like people aren’t listening to me
I was going to instinctively say that my kids are the trigger. But after some reflection I really think that it is my own sinful desires and selfishness that most often leads to the impatience I have with others. Kids will be kids but this is really only the fuse to a deep internal struggle that I pray will someday be resolved through God’s grace. God help me to respond in a firm, kind and respectful way to my family as I go throughout the week. Amen.
Being disrespected is my trigger. Either actually being disrespected or even if in my own mind I process it as being disrespected.
I would say wanting control of things would be the biggest trigger, whether that’s with my family at home or a situation elsewhere.
what angers me is when men of God don’t stand up for God’s principles, the reason this country is in the place it is now is because of the lack of Godly leadership by men of God. i see it everyday in every walk of life but mostly in positions of leadership in schools and government.
Not feeling in control of my own life triggers me, especially with work issues. And how I feel manipulated by co-workers.
For me personally it’s my boss. I pray for him all the time. One day at a time
Not being heard is one of my biggest triggers.
disrespect from my kids and impatience from my wife are my two biggest triggers
I can be triggered when others are not responsible. This includes at work, while driving and at home.
Lazy attitudes is what triggers me.
Inability to help my people because “I said so”, avoidable inconsistency, being taken advantage of. I work in a leadership role and when the people I lead are taken advantage of by things beyond my control.
What seems to most trigger my anger is my wife asking a lot of questions that I find annoying and useless.
My inpatients is my trigger. I need to have more patience and allow God through the Holy Spiral to help me every day
My Pride which is a whole other issue
I get angry and disappointed with myself when I lose concentration while trying to do my Bible studies and devotions. I catch myself and then REALLY get frustrated. I have to just sit with my eyes closed and pray deeply to calm down and FOCUS!!
Anger has been an expression of mine for many years-over the past 9 years however God has revealed to me what the triggers are-namely my pride or my ego has been affected. I would get so angry when as a family we arrived late to church-even though I was ready to leave. I was more concerned with the outward expression of my standing before our church family than being United as a family.
As a caregiver, most of my days are filled with helping my wife. She might ask me to take her somewhere insignificant to me, but not to her. At times I feel unappreciated and taken for granted, but fail to realize that SHE is the one who can no longer drive. SHE is the one with illnesses that affect her quality of life. I need to remember that as a Believer, I should be thanking God for giving me the strength and resources to be able to care for her. I’m know blessed, but I need to show that I am.
When I don’t follow along with something, don’t understand something, or can’t figure something out, this illicit frustration which quickly leads to anger.
When I have a plan of action – a family trip, a quick to the grocery store I feel I need to be in control. When somebody interrupts the plan I get angry and will lash out at anybody who is in the way. I pray that I can interrupt this feeling of loss of control and offer it to God for him to remind me I am not in control and all will be well with his plan.
I’m sorry to bother you with this issue, but I purchased an e book this morning on wisdom and the adobe reader can’t open it because of some issue with it not being protected? How do I navigate this issue?
I feel triggered the most when I feel like my character is being attacked. I become angry and defensive almost immediately. I believe I’m triggered from events in my past and am actively taking steps to learn different healthier responses.
When I feel disrespected or when people are inconsiderate. Or when someone doesn’t keep their word. Hits a nerve and memory of being a kid and dad saying he’d play catch with me, getting excited and then him change his mind. I still love my dad very much.
Great confession Jon
My most common trigger is when I have a plan and something interrupts it. That then triggers a hypersensitivity to anything else which might “pile on” to my pity party. It can cause hours of tension.
Great example of a trigger. Thanks for sharing. This will help other men when they read it!
Two primary triggers for me: if I feel like I’m being talked down to and when driving, if someone acts inconsiderate on the highway. Weaving in and out, not using signals, plugging the left lane…. I feel like I need to teach them a lesson on highway manners! So very immature. Finally when my favorite sports team loses or is losing, you better stay out of my way! Again, why should I care about a bunch of millionaires ??
Mike, another great example. Thank you for sharing and confessing this!
A great example, the highway…. I’ve lost my temper so so many times with “idiots” who obviously don’t know how to drive, lol.
At the end of the day I can’t justify blaming a bad driver for me running him off the road, but that’s what I feel like doing sometimes. This exercise is really going to be helpful for me in this area. I just need to let those situations go. There’s nothing that I’m going to do (or gesture) that the other person is going to receive as “constructive criticism”. It won’t be easy, but at least it will be a reminder. Thanks for your response.
I’ve been able to identify the most common trigger for me is when I have a picture of how things should play out and then things suddenly change. Clearly my pride is getting in the way.
Another excellent example. Thank you Tim!
My pride and selfishness
Well said Trey
My biggest trigger currently is when i see my kids disrespecting me or more importantly their mother. Phones open at the dinner table or in church. calling her by her 1st name in a sarcastic manner, etc.
There are also times where/when I feel like my wife talks down to me (somewhat like she does to our kids at times)
Good confession Rob. Very specific is helpful. Praying for you.
When my plates really full and I become stressed or when a situation isn’t working the way I want it think it should.
Awesome Daniel, this is specific, and specific is good. Praying for you!
I think we all have a lot of triggers. For me it’s understanding those triggers & determine if healing is needed or crucifixion. If I’m hurt I need healing, if my pride has been arises then I need to crucify it, this helps me from allowing my anger to control my responses. I’m not great at doing it but I’m better than I used to be.
The unexpected, especially if I think I am being taken unfair advantage of or I am being personally challenged.
My trigger is my unhappiness with myself. Not good enough, repeating the same sins, not leaning into God when I need him the most.
Becoming overwhelmed often triggers my anger. Also feeling slighted by others which just proves my lack of humility.
The most frequent trigger for me is real or imagined time pressure/deadlines and then circumstances not coming together to make it possible to meet those real or imagined schedules. This requires a continual focus on the truth of God’s Word that He is in complete control of my life and all things that are happening are a result of His active or permissive will for me to make me into the image of His Son. Again, easy to say but very, very difficult to practice in real life.
My daughter triggers my anger with her disrespect and lack of effort to do her work.
When I am confused or things seem totally outside my control and I don’t know what to do next.
Not getting what I want
My first thought on anger triggers would be stubborn family members, morons in traffic and politics. I’m getting better though 🙏
When I feel disrespected. A good example might be when my kids don’t respond to a question I ask them and then I repeat it more formally like that is supposed to encourage them to answer me lol. I have to realize that it’s more productive to first get their attention and then ask them a question.
Another one might be when a person at work gives me a task that I feel is below me. I have to learn to check my ego and realize that lots of work needs to get done and I am there to work and glorify God and having an ego does neither.
Excellent points brother!
Stress: I work from home, and when my kids are home they are loud and interrupt me and I lose my temper and say things to them I don’t mean
Sometimes the simpilest things going wrong at home after a full day of work at the office.
My girlfriend when she is trying to tell me something important but it sounds like she is telling me what to do and talking to me like I’m 5 years old.
Road rage – people that in my opinion do not know how to drive.
Like so many other men, my trigger is the constant criticisms and unrealistic standards my father subjects me to.
Triggers: I have many. I try to use my cognitive behavioral thinking skills and/or my deep breathing techniques to overcome
People making excuses.
This one boils my blood!
Blatant disobedience by my 10 year old
Careless mistakes at work
Tone of words used by others. Feeling of disrespect by others.
One trigger for me is politics
Disrespect, pride, unmet expectations (which are often unrealistic) and a desire to control things/people triggers my anger. I want to be heard, important and impactful, sometimes with the wrong intentions.
Almost 100 % of the time, my trigger is something I can’t control. When I don’t have control, the foul words begin to fly ( yes, the sign that I’m getting angry / Day 1 ) And not spending enough time trying fix the issue permanently
My triggers can be when I have not spent focused time with the Lord. When I haven’t been active as I need a healthy outlet like working out. When I feel disrespected and inadequate. When I’m hangry! When I am stressed the kids or at work. I guess I have a lot of triggers and when they all come together or at least some of them, I don’t create the best environment in my home.
I think if I break it down. The root of my trigger is when I perceive that someone is doing something unloving or disrespectful to me. Which would mean that they don’t approve of or like me. Or they believe that I am less than. Getting others approval is an idol to me so when the opposite happens that’s my trigger. Thanks
actual or perceived disrespect, intentional or not, and the words or actions that display them to me (mostly from my kids).
When life, the people in it, and any little happenstance does not fit my “wants and needs”. I am inherently selfish and it makes me so angry that I get angry about not getting what I want.
What frequently most triggers my anger? Driving in traffic, getting cut off. Also at times, when my wife questions me or gives advice, I feel like she is telling me what to do. I need more work in these areas.
My triggers range from being shamed to my disappointment in my self at failure!
As petty as this sounds, currently it is my dogs having “accidents” in the new house. No fence in the yard yet, so they spend more time inside since my wife and I both work.
Several things I’m keenly aware of. First – being tired, like most of us, tired to me breeds all sorts of negative thoughts and energy. By far though, my biggest trigger is disrespect. Question my ability, question my job performance or simply disrespect who I am as a person. I have to become better at managing my response to things over which I have no control.
When I don’t have the time to do what I need to do and while doing it things go wrong and the amount of time it takes drastically increases.
One of my triggers is people who know better but choose to be trifling, cruel or deceptive
My wife always doubting my abilities no matter how many times I have shown what I am capable of. Also when I show what I am capable of, only the negative gets pointed out.
You are not alone with this. Thanks for sharing.
When things are done a different way, one that seems more difficult than how I would do it.
I’m a victim of my own pride for sure
A bruised ego and perceived or intentional disrespect seem to be my biggest triggers. Pride is a weakness of mine and the enemy knows this and works me over pretty hard
So your not alone brother!
#1 Trigger: being disrespected
Negative reinforcement from my wife she quickly points out the things I do wrong and not as often as quickly points out the things I do right remember to be slow to anger.
Jim, I think a lot of guys feel this way, however, when I deeply examined myself, I find that I don’t always praise the things my wife does as it’s become “expected”….but I do criticize her for things she does wrong. When I realized this, I started thanking and commenting on the things that she does (that I took for granted), she eventually started doing the same thing.
Thanks Steve that’s wise counsel
My biggest triggers are my frustrations with my wife, and traffic; and mostly with myself for constantly feeling I’m in a bad rut and can’t ever seem to get out.
In a big nut shell…The state of our World, America, Government and our Leaders! My wife always being at odds with me on almost every decision that is made in and around the house. After reading some of the other post’s, I see that many of us have the same Triggers. I try to always take a step back and tell myself “Greater is he that is in me than he who is in the world”. That works most of the time:)
Some of my triggers are frustration when a relative betrays me and acts like it is my fault. They never admit that they are wrong or apologize for their behavior. Another trigger is feeling out of control of a situation that I feel should have been resolved.
One of my trigger is impatient. 1Thess 5:14 remind me to be “Patient with everyone”
When I get called out on my stuff or when I feel micromanaged. Especially by the people closest to me.
I get most easily angered when I feel like someone is trying to take advantage of me
Being disrespected, especially by grandkids.
People that are careless, rude, and inconsiderate drivers, and people that don’t pull their weight at work. Both of these can set me off in an instant.
I seem to share the same issues as many other men. Being tired. Push back from children. Disrespect. I think that triple cocktail is the most potent.
My Mom and pretty much everything she does towards me
Being interrupted while working from home for seemingly trivial things. A lack of respect or acknowledgment of my efforts at home or work.
When my kids don’t do what they were told to do.
Although I’m better now than in my younger days ( It seems that wick takes longer to hit the dynamite). I do however need to let God choose the path of how to handle things when they don’t “my” way
being ignored triggers my anger. i see it as disrespect that i somehow deserve more respect than i ever get, especially from my wife. i act like a clown and get angry when people laugh at me.
When I get disrespected in anyway.
When people take their understanding of me and hold me to that rather than taking the time to understand a little more. Also… when I do the same to them in basing to much on my own understanding…. boy, watch out. They’ll have something to say. Grrr.
Rudeness, disrespect, and apathy towards others. All just different flavors of the same sundae; people putting their agendas above others’ needs.
My trigger is tiredness, and when overwhelmed with tasks and they are not going according to “my plan”.
When people who are of poor character succeed
Generally, my anger is the result of something to do with employees. Respect is as extinct as dinosaurs! No one respects authority but even worse, they don’t respect themselves. I get irritated “babysitting ” people .
Agreed, man… my trigger is when I perceive apathy in employees, that i internalize as disrespect. Sometimes correctly, many times incorrectly.
What triggers my anger? When my wife tells me to do something and I do not take time to process what she is actually asking or saying, I react with a short response or display my anger through conversation. Also, driving LOL. But , since I have been seeking God more, applying the techniques of listening and processing just what is being said I am making progress. Also when I start to feel angry, I implement breathing techniques and cognitive behavioral thinking and recall a scripture or quietly ask God to calm my spirit. These techniques are helping me be slow to anger. Praise God.
Disrespect. Which often spirals to thoughts that lower my self esteem.
The most frequent would probably be when things don’t go my way or the way I expected—work, traffic, etc.
Sometimes little frustrations can try to grow into bigger issues inside my mind/heart.
The biggest, worst times of anger are when my wife and I argue. I can start to feel accused and then I get defensive and it just starts to build until I blow up either with words, hitting myself or some inanimate object like a table.
I am working on noticing when this is happening and stopping and praying about it.
Arrogance and disrespect
When my attempts to help family or friends are met with scorn.
My anger is triggered when my best effort‘s are not fully appreciated
1) When things don’t go the way I expect.
2) When I am caught off guard by small irritating issues.
I have worked on being more patient over the years and not letting my anxiety get the best of me. But it still happens from time to time.
Hey Vince, are we related? LOL
Same Father, different mother
Amen Bro. Also when I don’t feel respected by my wife. Vince is that respect earned or according to Ephesians 5:33?
I think that “respect” here is commanded here for wives. Just like husbands are commanded to “love” in the previous verses. The problem is husbands are not taught how to “love” just like wives are not taught how to “respect.” Sadly this is very missing teaching in churches and marriages today.
I think if we taught this more divorce might go down and reconciliation might go up. But both parities must do their work and live all in for Him.