If Certain Sounds Annoy You, Maybe It’s Misophonia
Misophonia, by definition is "a condition where certain sounds drive people into a burst of rage or disgust." I have definitely felt disgusted and/or annoyed by certain sounds, but I never knew it was a real condition or had a name!Well, that's because it never had a name until about 20 years ago. Now, it's a real life condition, and turns out, I'm not the only person affected by it. Does this ever happen to you? You're next to say, a co-worker, and they are chewing rather loudly, and it is taking everything you have to keep quiet and not scream at them to stop! It's definitely happened to me, and more than once. It doesn't happen every time, but it's certainly happened. Another sound I cannot stand is the sound of kissing, like on TV or in a movie, it absolutely disgusts me! Gross mouth noises, eww!!
Turns out some people with Misophonia have specific triggers, (I guess mine are chewing and kissing!), and it makes them sensitive to certain sounds.
There was even a study done in 2013 from the University of Amsterdam, which found the most irritating sounds to be eating sounds, breathing sounds and hand sounds. Neither of the last two bother me, unless they are exceptionally loud, but that's not usually the case.
Psychologists believe that an inability to shut out irrelevant sensory information could be strongly linked to creativity and above-average intelligence. Being overly sensitive to sound may actually be behind the genius of people like Charles Darwin and Anton Chekhov. Well, well, well, look at that, I could be a genius!