If You Are Annoyed By Noisy Chewing, You Have A Genuine Psychiatric Disorder

Are you one of those people who just can’t stand people who chew out loud? When you hear the piece of chicken being broken down in their mouths or the smacking as they chomp down on a stick of gum? Apparently, this might have more to do with your brain chemistry than your eating habits.

And this is all according to the researchers from Newcastle University since they say the hatred might actually stem from a psychiatric disorder.

This brain abnormality is called misophonia.

Misophonia is a disorder whereby people have a huge distaste (get it?) for sounds such as eating, loud chewing, heavy and loud breathing or even continual pen clicking.


It was first considered to be a brain condition back in 2001. According to Current Biology, a medical journal, scientists discovered that those who suffer from misophonia trigger different parts of the brain when they hear their hated sound.


The journal showcased changes in brain activity when that particular noise was heard. The report went on to show pictures of the participant’s brain where it showed an abnormality in their emotional control mechanism.


This mechanism is what causes the brain to go into overdrive when they hear that trigger sound. Some physical responses include increasing of the heart rate and sweating profusely.  


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