Does the sound of someone chewing make you crazy; does it seem so amplified that you can’t block it out and find yourself getting angry and even enraged? If you have this reaction to chewing or cutting of nails or other sounds that people naturally block out, you are not alone. This is a real neurological disorder called “mysophonia”.
In the video you are about to watch below, mysophonia is discussed in some depth. He explains that the condition comes from the central nervous system which is hard wired to auditory stimuli in a negative way, that causes the individual to experience panic, anger and disgust. When faced with these sounds they experience something similar to the “fight or flight” response of an anxiety attack.
That’s the bad news…but here’s the good news! Northwestern University did some extensive research on the syndrome, and found that people who have this heightened sensitivity to sound tend to be more creative than average. “Atypical attention” corresponds with creativity. Watch the footage below, to get further insight into this condition, and some behavioral solutions for coping with it. Let us know if you or someone you know has experienced this irritability in response to certain sounds, and how you have coped with it.
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