First, my "sistah from anothuh mistah" sent me a link to an article about a woman who created a series of YouTube videos of her speaking softly and doing actions that create very soft sounds. Evidently, for some people, the videos create a calming (almost euphoric) response called "autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR," In fact, one of her videos has become so popular, it's been viewed over 7 million times. Her YouTube channel, called Gentle Whispering, has been viewed over 87 million times. I tried to watch it but unfortunately for me, soft sounds like what I briefly saw in her videos are what trigger my misophonia. Very interesting though... The sounds that drive me actually are pleasurable for some people.
A couple of days after she sent me that YouTube link, another friend sent me a link to a website where the author presents a case for the reason why the Grinch is so angry... It's because for over 50 years, he's had to put up with the noises coming from the adjacent town below! My friend took that theory one step further and proposed that perhaps the Grinch also had misophonia! Watching the video, and relating it to my current situation in having to deal with an inconsiderate neighbor who loves cranking up the bass on his Bose system... I think there might just be some truth to the connection. Watch the video and judge for yourself if there could be a connection.
I also had the pleasure this weekend of meeting with another misophonia sufferer who reached out to me through this website. (I always appreciate it when readers include their location on the contact form. If she hadn't, I would not have known she not only lived in the same city as me, but we found out we live less than two miles away from each other!) We had a lovely conversation sharing our respective misophonia experiences, and I think she connected with some of the non-aural ones I mentioned too that she hadn't considered before. I look forward to continuing our discussion at another point.
I'd like to end this post by wishing you all a happy (and trigger-free) holiday season. :-)