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Is anyone else triggered by repetition? I think my triggering comes from the chanting that was part of the ritual abuse. Regardless of why, I am quite bothered by any sort of repetition, whether spoken or in song.

The worst is when Latin phrases are repeated, such as at the end of the Evanescence song Whisper. According to this site, this is what is being said:

Servatis a periculum [save us from danger].
Servatis a maleficum [save us from evil].

While I have no problem with those lyrics, I come completely unglued if I hear that part of the song. I always have to cut it off, or I get extremely triggered. I also used to get triggered in church by any sort of reading in unison, although I have gotten over that now. The speaking in unison that they do at my Methodist church is not typically repetitive, which helps.

I have no patience with repetitive lyrics, such as the 20+ times that John Mayer says, “Say what you mean to say,” in the refrain his song with the same name. I can’t even handle Holly Jolly Christmas due to the repetition. It makes me really cranky, which many people find hysterical. One friend asked me, “How can anyone have a problem with Holly Jolly Christmas?” My answer, of course, is the repetition. I also have little patience for church hymns that say the same thing over and over, only changing one word each time.

Am I alone in this? I never hear people talk about this, but it is, admittedly, an odd trigger, so I could see where people might be reluctant to admit to having this particular trigger. I handle it by making fun of the repetition. I joke that repeating, “say what you need to say” 36 times in a song is simply brilliant lyric-writing … not! If you roll your eyes as you say this, then it comes across as having limited patience with a lack of creativity rather than having an odd trigger. :0)

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