Asperger's, misophonia, and HSP (Highly Sensitive Persons) share some common characteristics.
The ‘Emotional Vividness’ Gene
Everyone tends to experience life more vividly during emotionally charged moments. But this emotional “vividness” is stronger for some people than it is for others. And it’s no surprise that high sensitivity has been linked to the gene variant that controls it.
This gene, which I’ll call the “emotional vividness” gene, is related to norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that also helps with the body’s stress response. And there’s one variant — which may be common in HSPs — that turns up the dial on emotional vividness. If you have it, you will perceive the emotional aspects of the world more vividly. You’ll also have much more activity in the parts of the brain that create internal emotional responses to your experiences.
Most highly sensitive people are keenly aware that they have stronger emotional reactions than the people around them, and often notice emotional undercurrents where others pick up nothing. If you’re highly sensitive, this is not your imagination — you may actually have a brighter palette of emotional “colors,” so to speak, because of this gene variant. And it directly drives the level of empathy and awareness you have for others’ feelings.
WHAT IS MISOPHONIA?
BOOK DESCRIPTION REPRINTED:
Is Misophonia Ruining Your Life?
by Thomas H Dozier (Author)
The 2nd edition includes recent research of brain imaging studies and physical response studies of individuals when triggered. It includes over 50% new information compared to the first edition, including more management techniques, personal stories of individuals with misophonia and their families, treatment techniques for young children, and data on a treatment that reduces misophonia severity by 50%.
Does the sound of other people chewing fill you with rage? Do certain sights and sounds make you crazy when they don’t bother anyone else? If so, you are not alone. Although not well known, misophonia is quite common, and there is hope. Are you tired of misophonia ruining your life? Are you ready to tackle your misophonia (or help a loved one)? If so, this book is for you.
Recent brain imaging research indicates misophonia is a “soft-wired” neurological condition where a person has a strong emotional response of anger or disgust to specific sounds. The brain of a misophonic person being triggered does respond differently than someone without misophonia. The fMRI images are included.
Triggers for some might be hearing someone chewing. For others, it is the sound of sniffling or breathing. Many people also have visual triggers such as seeing someone chew gum. There are a lot of common triggers, but there are also some that are very unusual and unique. Almost any sound or sight can be a misophonia trigger for someone.
Misophonia can be upsetting and annoying, or it can be a debilitating condition. The book includes one story of getting Social Security disability for misophonia. Misophonia severity does vary, but it generally gets worse with time. There are important management techniques that are helpful to almost everyone.
Recent brain imaging research indicates misophonia is a “soft-wired” neurological condition where a person has a strong emotional response of anger or disgust to specific sounds. The brain of a misophonic person being triggered does respond differently than someone without misophonia. The fMRI images are included. The good news is that “soft-wired” brain connections can change.
Treatment for misophonia is still being developed and data collected. There are no published treatment studies on misophonia. Although there are no proven treatments that work for everyone, there are treatments that work for many. With proper management and treatment there is hope for reducing the horrible effects of this condition.
This book will help you understand what this mysterious condition is doing to you (or help you understand what someone close to you is experiencing). It explains how misophonia develops and expands with time, and why those little sounds cause a person SO much distress.
The book gives you many techniques that will help you manage this condition. Existing treatment options are described. There is hope.
With proper management and treatment, most people can greatly reduce the effects of misophonia in their life.
Developing misophonia has been a journey. Overcoming misophonia is also a journey, and it is a journey that can provide much relief for this horrible condition. It is journey that you should start today.
Misophonia Therapy - The Sequent Repatterning Programme
NEW HYPNOTHERAPY FOR MISOPHONIA - SRT
MARRIED TO A MISOPHONE
This website gives useful information for neurodiverse couples:
Understanding and Overcoming Misophonia, 2nd edition
by Tom Dozier
FROM THE ALAN ARTT WEBSITE:
Of course all of this takes place at an unconscious level and it is at the unconscious level that we modify the pattern that has been causing your emotional distress.
We do this by using a well proven technique called memory re-consolidation, effectively using your brain’s natural process and plasticity to bring about the changes required.
This process is unique to every person undergoing Sequent Repatterning Therapy, is a totally personal experience and a journey of discovery and transformation.
Your brain is also a sum of many parts, and sometimes even well meaning parts can be in conflict with others. During the SRT programme we endeavour to achieve harmony with the parts that go to make up you as a unique individual, so every part of you is better prepared to create the future you desire."
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