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Chewing causes divorce experts have warned

"Termination of relationships because of misophonia is common"

OPEN-MOUTHED chewing causes DIVORCE and doctors shouldn’t be encouraging people to do it, experts have warned. 

Oxford doctors insisted people eat with their mouths open after a study found it makes grub taste better.

But behaviour experts have warned of the devastating impact obnoxious chewing could have – including the breakdown of relationships.

Misophonia sufferers are severely triggered by the noises of lip smacking and chewing.

It sends them into an intense physical and emotional reflex, causing rage, disgust and even aggressive thoughts.

The condition is described by the British Tinnitus Association as “a strong emotional response to the presence or anticipation of a sound”.

It is mostly triggered by human-made sounds and experts believe that one in five people suffer from the condition to varying degrees

 

Behaviour scientist Tom Dozier, who has conducted multiple studies on misophonia, slammed doctors for encouraging open-mouth eating.

He claimed the impact it has on sufferers can be debilitating and called on doctors to be more mindful about the condition. 

The Misophonia Institute President said: “Misophonia definitely causes problems in close relationships. 

“Even though a person may love their partner, these emotions (though temporary) taint or contaminate the relationship.  

“Termination of relationships because of misophonia is common. 

“Some people with severe misophonia avoid romantic relationships to avoid triggers.

“This is a problem because misophonia is not in the doctor’s and psychologist’s textbooks.”

The condition can also stop tots from eating dinner with their friends and families, causing them to be socially isolated.

Around 96 per cent of misophonia sufferers are triggered by mouth sounds. 

 

Visual triggers are also very common, according to Mr Dozier.

He said: “A survey of over 1,000 people found 92 per cent of people with misophonia have visual triggers. 

“Of which, open mouth chewing was the most common.

“If many people adopted open mouth chewing, then it could cause more people to develop this as a trigger. 

“And the severity of the trigger – which increases with typical exposure – would increase.”

Mr Dozier said that the intense negative emotions caused by misophonia are driven by a learned physical flinch. 

Due to their physical nature, there is hope for sufferers.

He added: “It is likely that the best kept secret of misophonia is that a person can develop the neurological ability to relax their muscles. 

“Then, relaxing around triggers instead of the natural tendency to tense when stressed, can reduce the severity of triggers or even eliminate this.  

“Because of this, I have developed the free app, Misophonia Muscle Relaxation available on iPhone and Android which I use when treating misophonia patients.”

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