Misophonia means “hatred of sound” and is defined as a condition in which individuals experience distress and disgust when they are confronted with sounds made by others – specifically, sounds like chewing, smacking or even breathing. On a physiological level, this type of dysregulation can cause individuals to experience intense anger or various types of physical arousal. While it is considered relatively rare, approximately 20% of the population experiences some degree of misophonia. So, next time someone gets angry at you for not chewing with your mouth closed – think, is this nagging? Or is it misophonia?
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