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So as it turns out, it's becoming more and more believed that if the sound of chewing, churning and lips smacking together as someone obnoxiously eats loudly, infuriates you, you have a real psychiatric condition. This condition is called Misophonia, and it basically means the hatred of certain sounds, such as chewing loudly, breathing loudly and doing anything unnecessarily loudly.
If you suffer for Misophonia, you're likely to be aware and are using coping strategies to stay calm while around these infuriating people, however the longer you listen the more you feel the growing frustration and the harder it is to suppress. So if this feeling sounds familiar, and you have ever imagined throat punching one of these noisy and annoying people, don't worry, you can be helped!
Without meds, or electroshock therapy, you can desensitise yourself to these people using a method devised by Dr. Pawel Jastreboff, and is used through positive reinforcement and negative triggers, to retrain the brain. For example, when you hear someone chewing loudly and get the urge to dig an elbow into their ribs, using Dr. Pawel Jastreboff's you'll automatically start thinking of nice stuff, like food. Not being chomped down by someone icky and loud. Maybe. Try it!
If you recognise the urge to harm someone who's chomping loudly but are in denial about having Misophonia, watch this video and see for yourself.
Misophonia is becoming more and more recognised as a psychiatric condition, through research and respected therapists confirming it to be true.
Dr. Pawel Jastreboff studies our subconscious reactions to noises which is how he came up with his theory.
Anyway, the positive outcome is that we're not crazy and aggressive people, we have an actual condition and we shouldn't be judged on it. Just a warning to you loud chewers, if therapy won't work, either chew quieter or wear a full body suit, because we'll get you.