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Misophonia Is A Real, Awful Thing, And You Just Might Have It

Do you hate noises? Like, loud crunching noises and tiny sounds? YUP. YOU HAVE IT.

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Do small sounds like chewing, coughing, and slurping drive you batcrackers? Maybe you have misophonia. It is a real thing.

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As in, it's an actual neurological condition, characterized by "excessively negative and immediate emotional and physiological responses" to certain sounds. This can totally destroy your ability to live like a normal person.

Listen to this recording of a woman eating carrots. Does it make you want to die?



So WTF is misophonia? Misophonia, otherwise known as "selective sound sensitivity syndrome," is characterized by feeling a deep irritation and anger at certain sounds.

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What are those sounds? WELL, according to a 2013 study of 42 people who reported having misophonia, eating sounds like lip-smacking and swallowing, breathing sounds including nostril-flaring sounds and sneezing, and annoying office things like typing and pen clicking.

Misophonia can be a serious condition for sufferers, who say they feel anxiety, anger, panic, and rage when they hear their trigger sounds. According to Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, trigger sounds "compromis[e] their ability to complete everyday tasks and engage in healthy and normal social interactions."

You have to sit in the aisles at the movies to try to be around fewer people in case someone is chewing popcorn too loud.

And candy wrapper noises? NO. NO. NO. And just too much shuffling and movement and oh god, why did I even bother trying to see a movie in public.


You think popping gum in public should actually be illegal.

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And you've come THIS CLOSE to making a "citizen's arrest" of someone popping gum on public transportation.


You seriously consider whether you should always live on the top floor because you cannot deal with terrible upstairs neighbor noises.

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Case in point, these people.


But! There is some good news. According to a study from Northwestern University, people with sound sensitivity might actually be geniuses.

The study tested a hundred people and found that those who had a strong sensitivity to sound also showed the highest propensity for creativity.


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