Misophonia Rating: 10/10
This is an odd one…
I’m not even 100% sure it counts as misophonia, so I’d be really interested to get your feedback.
We have a dog at work. A beautiful little thing, who greets us with leaps and bounds and tail wags in the morning and then lies on a rug serenely for the rest of the day. She’s perfectly behaved and really is a calming influence on everyone.
However… every now and then she’ll start barking. It’s normally because a post man has rung the buzzer or someone unfamiliar has walked by so this is a totally normal dog reaction, but it sends me into an absolute flying panic. Barking really gets my heart racing and I don’t know what to do with myself.
My immediate reaction is to glance at the owner (who I work with) with a furious, accusatory look in my eyes that says: “WHY THE HELL AREN’T YOU DOING ANYTHING?!!”
I then start rationalising with myself, as you so often have to do with misophonia, that actually neither him or the dog are doing anything wrong. The problem is I still can’t cope so 9 times out of 10 I’ll get up and pick her up and cuddle her to try and calm her down. She then stops barking and my heart stops racing…
But this is one of those weird ones where I think: “doesn’t everyone else find the sound of a dog barking annoying?” And if so, to what degree?
I guess the simple distinction here might be that as well as finding it irritating, I/we have a strong physical response to this particular sound (heart racing, mind racing etc) where as others just find it a bit annoying.