exodus Ahh, I had not considered punching myself in the leg. It really makes total sense though. It gives you somewhere to direct it, and oftentimes the worst element of misophonia is the lack of control you have, and the powerless that comes with having to avoid being “that unreasonable jerk who lost it just cause I was chewing”"
James- I’m very interested in how parents with misophonia would cope, does that create any other situations or is chewing the main one?
devilsblush I can certainly reflect this, silence is the killer. (That said, a silence I am guaranteed won’t be spoiled is one of life’s greatest gifts)
As for my own experience, I’ve been put into situations where I was forced to hear a lot of my own triggering sounds on a daily basis. Early on, my boss would chew chewing gum every evening around 4pm. I will never understand how someone can get past 40 and still chew with their mouth open. One of my big ones is the sound made when hands rub together. So of course, after about a year at my job I had a new coworker who habitually rubbed his hands together. I think this worked out as being exposure therapy though as the rage lessened over the course of a few years.
Now, I really only suffer from bad misophonia when I’m under a great deal of pressure, or in great silence. My parents sucking their teeth after a meal for example, I cannot handle.