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7 Common Trigger Points That Make People Prickly

Aug 17, 2023 / Relationships and Communication     

Porcupines have trigger points that cause the sharp quills on its back to raise up. When it’s threatened or irritated, it can get really mean and shoot those quills into someone or something and cause a lot of pain. Well, I’ve got certain trigger points that cause me to get cranky and prickly. One of mine is unmet expectations. When I have crazy high expectations for others, and those expectations are not met, I start feeling prickly. Another trigger point for me is when I haven’t gotten enough sleep…that’s when my quills really raise up. Here’s a list of common trigger points that bring out the porcupine in all of us and what to do about it



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