Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Misophonia: The Sensitivity to Sound That May Make You More Creative

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Being highly sensitive to sounds is actually a condition

Research suggests that if you despise the sound of chewing of other people when you’re eating, it could be a sign that you’re more creative and smarter. Misophonia came about in 2000 and it is used to explain the experience that people have when they are extremely sensitive to sounds. This is also known as select sound sensitivity syndrome. If you’re a misophonic, certain sounds will trigger anger and anxiety and interfere with your daily tasks and social interactions.

Misophonia triggers a specific part of the brain that releases adrenaline

When people experience misophonia, there are particular sounds that create a response in the part of your brain that’s responsible for the fight or flight response. As a result, adrenaline and cortisone is released which both work to boost your alertness and heart rate. While misophonia sounds like a negative condition to have, science tells us that there are benefits too.
A study from Northwestern University reveals that misophonia sufferers have a better ability to be creative. This is due to what’s known as leaky sensory gating.

More creative people struggle to block out background noises

People with this condition will find it difficult to focus on anything other than the sound of chewing and slurping. So the sensory information that they are receiving is heightened, which is called leaky sensory gating. Experts believe this makes people more creative due to divergent thinking. This is a thought process that leads to more creative ideas and better problem solving skills.

Creativity is linked with an increase in leaky sensory gating

People without misophonia are able to block out background sounds which means there’s nowhere near as much sensory leaking happening which means they can create more ideas. However, studies show that those with misophonia are able to reach a higher levels or focus when thinking due to their inability to block out background noises. So when they are able to focus without the noises, it’s found to be a lot more effective.

There are ways you can deal with your misophonia

Keeping earphones handy is something that all people with misophonia should be doing. It means they can put their earphones in and block out the background noises to help them be more productive. Realize that the person making an chewing sound when eating isn’t doing it intentionally. This will prevent the rage from building up within you! Also, keep in mind that the episode will eventually pass. Many people find this to be a great strategy for dealing with misophonia, as well as anxiety.
So, the next time you’re in a situation where you can feel a misophonic episode coming on, incorporate the above tips. They are great coping methods that can help you stay on track and productive!


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