How Personality Triggers Inspire Personal Growth on Vacation?

How do personality triggers inspire personal growth on vacation? Let’s face it; you pack your personality (healthy or unhealthy) right along with the sunnies and the sunscreen. So it’s reasonable to assume your personality may get triggered on vacation. Personality triggers are emotionally charged traits with low vibrational energy; they are unhealthy traits.

Honestly, emotional triggers are not easy, yet they’re meant to be. Sometimes on vacation, triggers pop up like seashells on the beach, and it often depends on who you travel with. I believe we get triggered while away because we’ve removed the masks that shelter us in our daily lives.

Personality type triggers are unhealthy aspects of a trait; fear or ego-based – low vibrational energies. Triggers tell us it’s time for a tune-up – your soul whispering in your ear, please examine, nourish, and heal me. The tricky part is seeing through the decades of fear and conditional beliefs to get to the healthy aspects of a trait.

I use a vacation example because typically, our minds are more open to exploring, trying something new, or stepping outside of ourselves. The not-so-good news is our persona goes head-to-head with triggers, often becoming defensive or even ignoring them altogether. The symptoms of not facing our fears come off as overindulging, uncharacteristic, and overall negative.

We all have a choice stay asleep or awaken. Either journey isn’t easy, but life becomes fuller and more rewarding if you choose to awaken.

The Good News

The good news is if you have a mini-meltdown, who cares, you don’t know these people. More good news, if you allow yourself to understand what is triggering you, you come home a bit more enlightened. Way cooler than a tchotchke.

Travel triggers may cause stress, anxiety, overwhelming feelings, and anger. Please don’t get stuck here. Everyone on the planet has been triggered. Everyone! We are ALL a work in progress. And, also know triggers can be a good thing. If you want to learn more book an appointment with me to learn more about triggers that may be holding you back. I’ve also posted a YouTube video on the topic that may interest you. Or, if you are going through a significant life transition and need clarity, confidence, and courage to make intelligent decisions, click here to book a session.


Emotional Triggers offer possibilities to see what’s blindsiding you. – Nina Zapala, Founder: the Soul’s Role in Personality Typing™️


Do You Believe Personality Traits Inspire Personal Growth?

I ask a few key questions before moving on to my next point.

Do your belief personality traits shape your personal reality? Yes or No?

If you repeatedly think the same thoughts, do you believe you will have a unique experience? Yes or No?

Do you believe your personality holds the keys to your True Self, the truth of who you are? Yes or No?

If you said yes to these questions, keep on reading.

Over the years, I’ve talked to hundreds of travelers; many had eerily similar stories. They leave home and arrive at their destination, thinking the vacation will be uber blissful, just like the commercial. Well, that’s a big fat lie! I know this to be true. As a travel public relations professional, I’ve spoken with hundreds and hundreds of travelers, primarily women. Many assumed their introverted partner would join them and be the life of the party for some reason. Others thought their non-stop BFF would slow down and sit quietly reading by the pool.

Just not happening.

Why is it that so many of us become entirely disenchanted with our travel mates?

Read on…


The problem is the desire to change is fundamentally a form of aggression toward yourself. Pema Chödrön

Don’t Change Yourself. Be Yourself. 

You leave home with the same thoughts, beliefs, old stories, and habits and arrive somewhere new, believing yourself or your partner to be a completely different person.

Do you know why you believe this?

Because we have all been brainwashed to believe the “spin” from travel marketers is true, ew.

Can you recall a vacation ad where a traveler is in the midst of a trigger moment? Me either, and yet, I’ve witnessed this 1,000 of times ⏤ I include myself here as well. Trust me; there is no such thing as a perfect vacation. So let that one go! Let the tourism marketing folks keep promoting the perfect holiday, but you’ll be all the wiser and know it’s B.S.


Why Do Your Closest Friends Always Try to Change You – Even On Vacation?

Loved ones often believe you’ll magically change on vacation. I’m fiercely opposed to the word change concerning people’s personas and essences. When you forget about changing yourself, you literally stop fighting yourself.


Yes, it’s true. Why would you want to change what Divine Intelligence created you to be? You know the universal Force that creates worlds and galaxies. A Source with unlimited potential and abundance beyond our wildest imaginations.

So I ask, why change, fight, or struggle against what Divine Intelligence intended for you? Why not see yourself growing into the beautiful soul you are? You will evolve; it’s part of our life lesson plan. So why not develop a growth-oriented mindset?

Don’t Change Yourself. Be Yourself.


Ok, Back to vacations and People Wanting You to Change.

Here’s what I know. If you change yourself to fit in with another person’s trip itinerary, you won’t be happy. You’ll come home exhausted, uttering the words, “I need a vacation from my vacation.”

UGH! You’ve just taken the vacation of your partner’s, friend’s, parents,  or in-law’s dreams! Where’s the fun in that?

Research reveals. “Vacationers are happier planning a vacation than while on vacation.” I discuss this topic here. I believe the study to be valid because we change ourselves to fit into someone else’s ideal vacation plan. Sadly enough many of us don’t even know ourselves well enough to plan extraordinary vacations.


So How Do Personality Triggers Inspire Personal Growth on Vacation?

Triggers reveal aspects of a personality that are negatively charged infused if your will, with fear or ego conditioning. Traits operating from a diminished capacity are out of touch with who you really are. Make no mistake; triggers ignite unhealthy emotional traits and can become road trip saboteurs.

But, they can be a HUGE gift, too, as they offer micro-moments to pivot and grow. 


Example: How Personality Triggers Can Inspire Personal Growth.

Let’s say you are on vacation in the middle of a large crowd; suddenly, you become overwhelmed by the enormity of it all: the noise, commotion, smells, and people.

When this happens, do you:

– Retreat?

– Freak out?

– Get angry?

– Overwhelmed?

– Anxious?

These triggers are your soul’s way of nudging you to wake up to the moment. It is an opportunity for self-growth and self-examination. Try not to dwell on the physical if possible and instead, take a deep breath and think about what is causing the triggers. It’s time to go within.

– What’s your real-world take on the situation?

– How do you prefer to interact with the world? 

– How do you prefer to receive energy?

– Note: If you are an extrovert, the outer world is your comfort zone; if you are an introvert, your comfort zone lies in your inner world. 

– Do you feel boundaries have been crossed? What fears arose?


Can you imagine not craving to be different than you are right now? Danielle Laport, Canadian author, White Hot Truth


Vacations are the Tipping Point

Vacations are a tipping point. The real story behind the triggers is decades of life choices and fear-based, low-vibrational traits you’ve never unpacked, and now it’s your very own personal baggage. A vacation is a great time to start unpacking your past and fear-conditioned mind. The past is your childhood, life stories, habits, and relationships with yourself and others. Triggers are just the tipping point; letting you know a personality trait or two needs a tune-up!

If you pack your bags stuck in fear and ego-consciousness, that’s what you will attract. The Law of Attraction never takes a vacation. Your persona may show up as pleasing, angry, or arrogant, or you may completely lose yourself, making everyone else happy…

Many of us recycle unconscious conditioned thoughts daily. Please, know you’re not alone. We have all been conditioned by the cultural machine to think a certain way for 100s of years.

I want you to break free from the “machine.”

We pack our untruths along with the sunnies and bikinis! UGH! It’s the machine talking, not YOU!


Vacations Are The Perfect Playground for PersonalityTriggers To Inspire Personal Growth

I intend to help you see triggers as a path to inspire self-growth. To find your truth in the trigger is to learn a lesson to gain clarity, confidence, and courage to be yourself. A great starting point is to look closely at your dominant trait, aka the Essential Self; it’s foundational to a healthy personality typing.

Classrooms, conferences, and master classes have their place, but real-world experiences are the best teachers. I also think we are more open-minded when we travel, ready to explore unknown places, cultures, ideas, and more.

It’s a new perspective, a mind shift, and the perfect time to plant seeds of transformation.


Journal Prompt: How to Apply Personality Triggers To Inspire Personal Growth on Vacation

Ok, I want to show you how to apply personality triggers to inspire growth on vacation. You may not work through a trigger on the spot, so I strongly suggest you work through this before you leave on vacation. Doing the work creates awareness, so the trigger does not trip you up.

The first step is deciding what you’ll tolerate and putting boundaries in place to ensure they don’t get crossed while on vacation, an excellent exercise to incorporate at home, too.

Discuss your dream vacation idea and be willing to receive another person’s input. Ideally, you’ll need to know your personality type so you can map out the quintessential getaway.

If You Find Yourself Triggered Use these 3 Actionable Steps:

  • Politely remove yourself from the situation, and alert whomever you need a time out. Excuse yourself and walk away, go sit down, or grab an Uber back to the room. Whip out your smartphone and briefly jot down what you believe prompted the trigger. Ask yourself:

Was it overwhelming? In what way was it overwhelming?

Did it have to do with what a person said? Can you pinpoint a belief, value, or fear you felt triggered the response?

Was it a cultural experience that went against a belief? Whose belief is this, your or your parents? What about the experience upset you? Is it a cultural belief conditioned into you by your home country?


  • If you can’t physically remove yourself, find a restroom and give yourself a few minutes. Pausing and taking a few deep breaths which may help you recalibrate an emotion. Here again, try to identify the trigger, if only in a word, and come back to it later.
  • Or if you have young kids and can’t remove yourself, take a moment for deep breathing. On the inhale, ask what disturbed me. On the exhale, ask where in my past has this disturbance taken hold of me. Repeat this three times or as many as you like to get a glimpse of the root cause of the trigger. Remember to write it down.


“Your triggers are pathways to your wounds. The stimulus is only a door.” ― Sanhita Baruah


More About the Spiritual Personality Typing

I hope you found How Do Personality Triggers Inspire Personal Growth on Vacation eye-opening. If so, I’m doing a happy dance. I’m passionate about introducing the idea of spiritual understanding as a component of personality typing.

The career personality typing model of the 1950s is fine. Yet, if we want to know who we are and find ourselves in a crazy world, we must tap into our Divine mind, which brings unlimited potential, happiness, and abundance into our lives.

Our higher self relies on a healthy personality to express our unique sacred stories, prompting us to take inspired action in all we do. Our higher self speaks through our persona – exuding joy, passion, and love.

Don’t Change Yourself. Find Your SELF. – Nina Zapala, Founder Spiritual Personality Typing™️.


Learn More About a Relevant New Way to Engage Your Beautiful Personality Type

Let me introduce you to Spiritual Personality Typing, a roadmap to your true self. It’s personality typing with a spiritual understanding. It starts with planting the seeds of truth, nurturing them, supporting them, and learning to love yourself. It’s time to live a beautiful life, one that is in full bloom and colorful. A life that brings joy to you and everyone you encounter. What a wonderful world.

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I’m also here to share the liberating lessons I learned from my transitional 7-year life tsunami to help you go through yours. So what are you waiting for? It’s time.

Note: I’m a certified Myers-Briggs® instructor with an intuitive side and ready to introduce you to a new paradigm in personality typing supported by a spiritual understanding.

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Are you longing for soulutions that encourage you to become a hero of your own journey? Realize we are cosmic beings, complex, and filled to the brim with eternal wisdom. Today, you’re armed with new dreams, hopes, and desires to accelerate the experience of being fully alive – living your truth.

Remember, you’re not here to chase love, money, or success. You’re here to discover your truth, the best version of you. Divine Intelligence conspires with you when you choose your truth and brings you all that you’ll ever need, making the chase a no-thing.

– Nina Zapala

So, I ask again, are you ready to become the hero of your own journey?

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It’s Time to Discover; the Soul’s Role in Personality Typing ™️ — Nina Zapala, the Inquisitive Type, ENTP. I’m a certified Myers-Briggs® instructor with an intuitive side ready to introduce you to a new personality paradigm supported by a spiritual understanding.

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