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Month: March 2017

On being triggered

On being triggered

The conversation about trigger warnings in academic settings is seemingly perennial – my twitter feed this morning had two different threads about trigger warnings and what to do about them, encompassing multiple, conflicting perspectives. What I haven’t seen much of in these conversations is any discussion of what it means when a person is triggered. There is a vast body of psychological literature that can described this in clinical terms, but what it feels like to be in that moment…

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Puzzling Over Timelines

Puzzling Over Timelines

I’ve been puzzling over timelines a lot recently. I experience time very linearly, and have an excellent sense of how much time is passing when I’m working on a given task. I can estimate how much time has elapsed since class started without looking at a clock, and I can count off seconds to myself pretty accurately. My brain experiences time precisely, and organizes itself with ease. Timelines were meant for me. But I have a friend who has ADHD,…

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