Does it bother you when someone has the hiccups but the person does nothing about it? It drives me insane. What about slurping sounds? Loud chewing? I must say I have a mild case of misophonia. Misophonia is denoted as a dislike of certain sounds.
Misophonia is typically associated with sounds such as the bodily noises that humans and animals make. People who deal with misophonia detect sniffling, food chomping, loud breathing, and similar sounds and it can lead to irritability, panic, anger, and outrage.
What may seem peculiar is that most people with misophonia enjoy plenty of other sounds that may seem correlated to the sounds that disturb them. Sounds like construction work, landscaping tools, nature sounds, children playing, traffic, and even a noisy restaurant may not be bothersome at all.
In my case, I can even tune them out to focus on a task in most instances. For some reason, it is just the noises that people and animals make that gives me goosebumps. The exaggerated enunciating of the letter “s” in conversation is unnerving. I cringe when people drag their feet and pen clicking aggravates me.
The good news is that there are simple measures to take to relieve misophonia. I have been able to cease the aggravation by politely asking the culprit to stop, playing music, or removing myself from the environment, if possible. It is seldom that I get stuck in dealing with the frustration. Relief can also be found in practicing acceptance of the sounds to build immunity. In a perfect world, everyone would chew daintily with their mouths closed.
Oh you’re chewing gum? It would be in your best interest to not come near me.
What are a few of your pet peeves? Are you someone that struggles with misophonia?
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