Misokinesia

misokinesia visual triggers

While there is no official scientific consensus on the relationship between misophonia and misokinesia, some researchers and persons have taken to using the term misokinesia (hatred of movement) for visual triggers. It is important to note that this is just a name, and the underlaying mechanisms behind the two phenomenon could be related, or they could be part of a separate reaction. There is even less scientific information on misokenisa than there is misophonia. A sensory diet (which are set activities designed by occupational therapists) can be helpful to prevent meltdowns and shutdowns related to misokenisa and misophonia.

Both misophonia and misokenisa are similar to the subset of Sensory Processing Disorder called Sensory Over Responsivity. Persons who struggle from visual triggers have reported feeling a similar feeling of anger, pain and disgust as that of misophonia.

Visual triggers have a negative impact on the life of misophonia sufferers. Some of the following triggers have been reported by sufferers, some of which are related to the sounds they are associated with (gum chewing) while others are related to movements or sights.

The following visual triggers have been reported, but this does not mean that others are not possible.

  • Gum Chewing
  • Swaying
  • Leg tapping/swaying
  • Bags swaying
  • Clocks
  • Mouths Moving
  • Pin Wheels
  • Moving Signs
  • Flashing/Blinking Lights
  • Wind Mills

If you suffer from visual triggers, it is important to know that you’re not alone. Like misophonia, there is no treatment for misokenisa, however scientists are looking into this phenomenon.

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17 comments

Lisa March 9, 2019 - 4:21 pm

Visual triggers for me include people picking at their teeth (both with their fingernails and with flossing). Also, people rubbing their nose or behind their ears

Maggie March 10, 2019 - 8:38 am

Nose rubbing and hair twirling are my misokinesia triggers. I have the exact same reaction to misokinesia as I do to misophonia.

Casey March 28, 2019 - 6:40 pm

I can’t be anywhere near somebody who is chewing gum. I haaaaaate gum chewing. The sights and sounds. Some lesser annoyances are people fidgiting; leg shaking, pacing back and forth, playing swiping games on their cell phone, certain nervous tics, people who pick up their computer mouse and slam it on the table.

Virgie April 24, 2019 - 1:16 am

We are not “Crazy”, this is real. I am 54 and wish I could tell both my mom and sister (both have already pass away)..that they were mean and cruel..both made me cry out of desperation whenever I asked them to either stop sucking on their teeth, or click their fingernails or smacking. Their reply to me was, “oh, well, too bad..if you don’t like it just go to your room”. When they passed away 20 years apart I was free from their torture. Sounds and sights still affect me on a huge scale. But it was most hurtful when my own family made fun of me and kept repeating the annoying sounds. It was cruel of them.

Maggie July 17, 2019 - 2:12 pm

I feel your pain. My late mother was exactly the same and my siblings still mock me.

betty April 3, 2019 - 9:14 am

Mine are people pulling on their beards and twirling their beards or mustaches as well as eating ice cream off a spoon like its a lollipop, gross. Clicking pens and gum snapping will drive me crazy, clicking keyboards and mouses, texting sounds also drive me nuts. .Luckily I have found ways to silence the roku remote and the fire stick remote sounds. At least the visual problem I can turn my head or leave the area, however the noises happen in places where you can’t get up and leave. I also think the people with these nervous tics have a problem also, wonder if it has a name.

Ruth April 13, 2019 - 11:01 pm

My misophonia triggers are chewing ice or hard candy, smacking while chewing gum or eating with mouth open, computer keyboard clicking, dogs barking, gunshots (we live a couple of miles from a gun range), whistling when talking (‘S’ sounds), clicking noises of loose fitting dentures, base beat in car stereos, and probably a few others I can’t think of right now.
My misokinesia triggers are shaking feet, hand movements such as nervously rubbing fingers together, any nervous tic, swiping movement on phones, actually phone texting in general, and flashing lights.
I love being around people, and am generally a happy person, but because of these disorders, I am becoming more and more reclusive. I really wish I could “just get over it.”

Shannan April 18, 2019 - 12:43 am

I’ve had this for years now with my earliest memories going back to elementary school. I’m now 26 and first learned about misophonia at 19. Smacking is a huge trigger for me but also repetitive sounds or words and heavy breathing and breathy speech. I’ve also realized over time that I have visual triggers. Happy to know this is more common than I thought. Lip licking is a big one for me. I get the same reaction as I do from a misophonia trigger. My fiance does this nose rub thing that I try to not let bug me. But also when people move their feet a lot when sitting and I see it out the corner of my eye.

Maggie July 17, 2019 - 2:15 pm

Lip licking and nose rubbing are two of my biggest misokensia triggers.

Maggie April 18, 2019 - 4:40 am

My husband used to rub his nose constantly and my late mother twirled her hair. Both were triggers for me and I experienced the exact same reaction as I do with misophonia triggers. I gave husband a choice, either his nose rubbing or me. He choose me. IMHO I think both misophonia/misokensia are the same.

arnie April 28, 2019 - 9:14 am

Oh, thank you,thank you for this site! I thought I was just a bad, judgmental person. Open-mouthed gum-chewing is a trigger, and barking barking barking, as well as cuticle-picking and bicycles going past me but not away from me. The pedaling does it, I think. And, yes, it runs in the family. Also ads online that blink, they drive me crazy (not a figure of speech). Sniffing from sinus congestion. Foot-jiggling.

M July 17, 2019 - 3:03 am

Wow, I guess I’m not alone and I’m not crazy! I just want to SCREAM when I see the movement of people’s jaws chewing gum — it is just as bad as, if not worse than, the actual misophonia. Sometimes I have to hide in my house for days on end to get only a few unexpected triggers that I had that week — it takes a long time to recover from for some reason. I can see the person in my mind’s eye chewing for a long, long time afterward too. It’s just awful and so isolating! So glad other people understand this!!!

Lucia October 4, 2019 - 6:22 am

I’ve known that this is the name of the torture i endure for a long time now. Being at vet school with the trigger of nail biting is unbearable and the scars on my arm from digging in my nails are just as painful. I know people saw to hate the miso and not the people but when an adult chooses to bite their nails, something which they should’ve been taught not to do as children, in public when they should be writing/listening/ typing/ reading, it is near impossible no to hate the person. Please also bear in mind we are heavily encouraged about personal hygiene given our interactions with various animals, excrement’s and diseases which only makes it more violating to watch

Benni January 29, 2020 - 9:24 am

Finger nail bitting for me is a source of misokinesia although my main trigger are Misophonic. Similarly to a lot of you – was very unsupported by family who just didn’t understand or even believe in the condition. So frustrating and upsetting,

Teresa Morse March 7, 2020 - 6:36 pm

I have both misophonia and misokenisia. I now have an office which helps protect me most of the time I am at wok. But we are moving to open air cubicle and I can’t see how I am going to adapt. I went and logged my symptoms with HR disability people but the women didn’t have a clue as to what it was. If they think a pair of headphones is going to eliminate the cause, well they are in for a surprise because my disorder is more visual than audio. They can’t make me wear a blindfold. I am at a loss. Things have been going well at this company for 26 years now this. I am 62 still 5 years away from retiring….HELP

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