For the most part, I've been in bed the past three weekends, only getting up to go to the doctor or going to work during the week, so my exposure to triggers has been limited to those I experience from TV commercials, my bird getting restless/whiny, or food triggers by my coworker.
I did have an interesting misophonia discussion with my uncle when I went home last month. I made a comment about how I need to push myself to go out and socialize more, so I can develop a network of friends in my new city. At first I attributed my homebody tendencies to being an introvert, but when my uncle mentioned he didn't like those types of classifications about people, I said even if it's not due to my being introverted, I tend to avoid public situations when I can to minimize trigger exposure. He was willing to accept that explanation but then when we started talking about misophonia and triggers, he asked me a question that I still struggle trying to come up with an answer...
I tried to explain how misophonia is not just an experience about being bothered by triggers... It manifests itself as extreme annoyance to the point of rage. That's when my uncle asked me, "How is misophonia different than road rage?" I honestly couldn't come up with a good explanation. I know misophonia is triggered by sensory input (sounds, visuals, tactile, etc) but I couldn't figure out how to contradict how road rage is different. People who experience road rage are angered by visuals such as a person cutting in front of them or maybe a sound of someone honking behind them. How is that different than being angered by someone bouncing their leg or listening to slurping noises?
Maybe my being ill is just not letting me see the obvious logical answer. Perhaps one of you readers can come up with a good explanation. I'm certainly open to suggestions. :-)