Is there a cure for misophonia? © Getty Images

Is there a cure for misophonia?

What’s that tapping?! Who’s slurping their tea?! Human-generated sounds can emote negative feelings in some.

Asked by: Oliver Neal, Oxford

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Misophonia is a condition, only recently identified by psychologists, in which people feel angry, irritated and/or disgusted by human-generated sounds, such as chewing, slurping, breathing or tapping. It’s early days, but preliminary studies suggest that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – based around learning not to pay attention to the sounds and practising relaxing when hearing them – can be effective.

Promising results have also come from a treatment approach based around acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), part of which involves practising describing the triggering situation (such as a person eating) to oneself in a factual, non-judgmental way.

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