A question was asked recently in one of the misophonia support groups on Facebook: Is misophonia a gift?
I, personally, do not think misophonia is a gift, and you might have a different opinion than I do, but hear me out. I don’t believe this affliction is a gift because of several reasons, but I’ll be brief and narrow it down to two things:
1) Misophonia has completely changed the way I live my life, in almost all aspects. Change is sometimes a good thing, but in this case, my life was changed for the worst. So many things got difficult, especially being at social gatherings.
2) My relationship with my dad has been pretty much ruined. We used to do everything together. Now I can’t do anything with him because he’s my biggest trigger. We hardly communicate. It’s mentally and physically draining for both of us.
The thing is though, I don’t see misophonia as a curse. Instead, it’s more like a superpower.
I say that because, in the universe of comics (from what I’ve read and seen at least) you don’t ask for superpowers. They just happen to you, usually because of some chemical or experiment. You ask for gifts, and you get something nice from your loved ones and friends. Or, you expect gifts, like on certain holidays and anniversaries. No one expects misophonia. Misophonia just happens. And just like a superpower, you learn to adapt with and control this new change in your life. While misophonia may not be comparable to superpowers in all aspects (saving people with your newfound ability, for instance) it can be comparable in the sense that it just happens, and now you have to live with it; and potentially get some new gear to help you.
I will say this about misophonia though. As much as I thought I’d never ever think I’d survive with it, I am. Misophonia was strange and new to me for five years until I figured out a way to cope. It’s still a strange condition that needs so much more research to be done, and until a cure is announced, I’ll keep coping with this superpower.
Whether or not you agree with me doesn’t matter. If you still see this as a gift, that’s ok. Everyone’s perception is different and I respect that. I hope that an alternative point of view at least got you thinking.