My name is Bill, and I HAVE Misophonia
I was talking about something my daughter does that drives completely insane. She has this habit of, when drinking out of a water bottle, crinkling it. You know how thin the plastic is? Well, that sound cuts through my SOUL and pushes me over the edge. Evidently there's a condition called "Misophonia" (with doctors and medicines and everything) and it sounds a lot like what I have. From the wikipedia entry:
"People who have misophonia are most commonly angered, and even enraged, by common ambient sounds, such as other people clipping their nails, brushing teeth, eating crushed ice, eating, slurping, drinking, breathing, sniffing, talking, sneezing, yawning, walking, chewing gum, laughing, snoring, typing on a keyboard, whistling or coughing; saying certain consonants; or repetitive sounds"
So, yeah...looks like I'm on the fast track to getting one of those blue "front parking space" tags. I'm not alone. Here are some emails we got:
"I suffer horribly from this condition and even have a doctor's diagnosis. In addition to the list you read I can't stand the sound chip bags make, people breathing into a phone when they're talking to me, the noise newspapers & magazines make when being read (turning the pages) just to name a few. I have to pour whatever is in a chip bag onto a napkin or paper towel because the noise drives me so crazy! My boyfriend didn't believe I had this condition until I showed him an article my doctor gave me. His reply...now this explains your craziness."
"Guys: I don't know if it is the noise or the person doing it but every morning at work there is this 40 year old guy that brings in 2 of those capri sun juice pouches. He sucks them down so fast all I can hear is him slurping and that crinkling of that foil pouch. I want to punch him in the larynx every day!"
"Hey guys--Ticking clocks drive me insane, especially if I'm trying to fall asleep. I've been known to take the batteries out or unplug a clock just to stop it.
Also, people talking WHILE brushing their teeth. If you can talk while brushing, YOU AREN'T DOING IT RIGHT!"
"I can totally relate to the water bottle thing, just me nuts!!! I just want to smack that water bottle away from that person and smack them! And the sound of someone smacking their lips when they eat-OMG!!!! I get up and walk away, I cannot even look at the person, I want to walk up and hold their lips together and say “SHUT YOUR FREAKIN MOUTH!!!””””””"