Tell us, what habits in others irritate you the most? We all have a list of tiny stuff that irritates us such as teeth gnawing or something of the sort (not the sound of nails or chalk on a blackboard – we all hate that). We bet that others chewing loudly is pretty high far up your list. To be honest, it’s OK to be annoyed by it – apart from being a rude habit, it’s just…well, irritating! Some people, however, are extremely annoyed by it. Hearing someone chewing loudly can easily ruin their day, leaving others to wonder why they make such a big deal out of it.
Well, now we know why they get so irritated
It’s actually a condition known as Misophonia. Less than 20% of the world’s population is affected by it and manifests through extreme sensitivity to certain noises. As a matter of fact, people suffering from Misophonia are so sensitive to sounds such as loud chewing that it may drive them crazy. Don’t worry, though – it’s nothing bad. In fact, studies have found that Misophoniacs are far more creative from regular people and may even be geniuses.
The Northwestern University from Illinois recently conducted a study on 100 subjects, testing their sensitivity to particular sounds. Those who were extremely annoyed with irritating sounds such as loud chewing were found to be much more creative. When exposed to certain sounds and being presented with a problem, those overly annoyed with the sounds provided the most original answers. The more they were affected by the sounds, the better they scored on creativity tests.
The findings of the study were published in several journals, and although it was a small-scale study, some scientists actually back them up. According to Dr. Darya Zabelina, a psychology student at the University, if used correctly, these sensitivities can enrich the lives of people suffering from the condition.
So, there you have it. The next time your partner or colleague chews loud and you want to lash out at them, just relax and play nice. The life of a genius is never easy, but there’s a big satisfaction in knowing that you are probably a genius.