Misophonia in After Life (Series 2)

by | Jul 3, 2020 | Misophonia in TV & Film | 6 comments

After Life: Series 2 (2020) Ricky Gervais is back with his black comedy about bereavement, the human condition and the mundanities of modern life.

In this episode in series 2 he’s dragged to a meditation class by his brother-in-law. To his horror he’s subjected to a barrage of snorts and slurps from the tie-dye clad teacher until it all gets too much and he has to leave the building with a barrage of swears.

I love this scene because it epitomises those moments which we all face as misophones. Where you’re in a group environment crumbling with panic and despair from a specific sound trigger(s)… yet no-one else seems at all bothered. Everyone else just carries on as normal as if nothing is happening.

I think this is important because it highlights something that can sometimes be difficult for us to understand when we’re ‘in the moment’. And that is that nothing IS happening for everyone else. ‘Neurotypicals’ do not notice these sounds in the way we do. They can quite happily go on with their business as usual, whether that’s wrapping their leg behind their head or conducting a work meeting and it doesn’t bother them in the slightest.

N.B. If you’re offended by swearing this one’s definitely not for you. Also (like all of these) this contains triggers so you might want to have the sound low or be ready to stop the video if you find it too much.

What did you make of this scene? Feel free to leave a comment below.



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6 Comments

  1. Joanne Baker

    I completely related to it. I do exactly the same, look round and cannot understand why others are not affected by the obvious rude sounds, I think I would of called him the same name in My head but just leave the room. Fabulous scene.

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    • Allergic to Sound

      That’s exactly it Joanne. I think many of us have strange scenes just like this play out in our heads (where we have a grand, flouncy, sweary outburst). It’s quite cathartic to it see played out on screen!

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      • GB

        No doubt said with good intentions, ‘just don’t listen to it’ is almost as big a trigger. If only it were that easy. 😉

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        • Lindsey Holgate

          Literally crying with laughter. Brilliant.My reactions are exactly the same as Ricky’s!

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      • Ella

        Exactly! I would love to have an outburst. I find myself wanting to pound someone’s head in with a brick. I don’t. But I think about it. That makes me horrible. But it still happens

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  2. Tracey Morris

    Ohhhhhh my goodness…tiddling my sides laughing but absolutely can relate to Ricky…

    I would have wanted to face plant him into downward feckin dog alright…!!!

    I have been in that situation myself in some of my social spiritual meditation groups and it is awful and don’t get me started on slurpers lol…

    Got to admit though the verbal outburst was funny and I hate the C word if only I could be so rude to verbalise what is actually going on in my head at times like that..

    LMAO Trace xxx

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