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Maisy313 Wed 16-Dec-15 22:32:07

I really can't stand listening to noisy eaters, I know I'm highly unreasonable but it actually makes me feel weird I get so angry I almost feel out of control or that I have to run away. My PIL eat sweets and nuts non stop really loudly for hours on end (literally hours) and as a result I'm dreading spending Christmas with them (Arghhh I'm horrible as they are both nice people) but being trapped in a living room with them makes me feel a bit violent angry I'm normally very chilled out, I actually think I have some kind of problem...

BramblePie Wed 16-Dec-15 22:33:38

It's called misophonia. Not sure how to help over Xmas though. It would also do my head in!

OwlinaTree Wed 16-Dec-15 22:34:14

Drink. Lots.

TheHouseOnTheLane Wed 16-Dec-15 22:34:28

Ear plugs? Get some discreet ones or tell them you have an ear infection and have been advised to wear them!

glentherednosedbattleostrich Wed 16-Dec-15 22:38:07

I understand what you mean and have the same problem.

MIL does a horrible slurping lip smacking thing which makes me stabby. Then she slurps her way through meals and farts at the table. Dd refuses to sit beside her at the table now!

Maisy313 Wed 16-Dec-15 22:39:02

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm going to look misophonia up - I feel so angry / guilty at the same time for the irrational rage! Last year I went and sat in the bathroom to get away... Children share a room with us up there so can't escape (unless I sit silently in a dark room!)

glentherednosedbattleostrich Wed 16-Dec-15 22:39:06

Gin helps (me) and giving mil lots of bacardi so she naps fgrin

Bogeyface Wed 16-Dec-15 22:40:05

I cannot bear noisy eaters, I wouldnt go. Sounds OTT but I really wouldnt!

trashcanjunkie Wed 16-Dec-15 22:43:07

Seriously, get some earplugs. One of my twins has this problem. Mornings were not fun in our house! The earplugs are a godsend, and very discreet. Alternatively, use a bit of cotton wool, and feign a mild ear infection/gloopy ears. That way you won't seem rude.

Maisy313 Wed 16-Dec-15 22:44:00

I will try plying them with alcohol until they are too drunk to eat...

Maisy313 Wed 16-Dec-15 22:45:04

And discreet earplugs, although have only ever seen quite big bright green / orange ones in Boots etc.

Blacktealeaves Wed 16-Dec-15 22:47:21

My parents, especially my mum, both say "mmmmm" alot when enjoying food which i find incredibly irritating. She is generally a lovely person though. My dad is irritating in other ways too....

Ed1tY0urPr0f1le Wed 16-Dec-15 22:55:42

I have this and DH eating nuts is one of my worst noises! Something to do with the repetitive scrabbling in the bowl followed by the chomping. At least he just eats a small bowl at a time though so, if it's really bad, I just leave the room to 'go to the toilet' or 'put my pyjamas on' and give him five minutes to finish. If he was chomping away for hours, I'd struggle.

My lovely mum eating an apple or (omg!) a nectarine is another.

Also anyone eating cereal.

It's horrible.

I agree, earplugs could be the way to go.

serin Wed 16-Dec-15 23:02:41

Oh God, I feel your pain.

Superdrug have beige ear plugs...a little less visible than the bright green ones in Boots.

Suggest lots of nice winter walks? buy or borrow a Border Collie and tell them that it needs constant exercising so you must take it outside all the time.

Hide the sweets.

MockTheWeek Wed 16-Dec-15 23:02:42

I'm the same and my BIL is the most disgusting eater. There will be 12 of us on Christmas Day including two babies and I'm dreading it!

Nancery Wed 16-Dec-15 23:08:39

OP, I understand completely! It too makes me feel quite violent!
Good luck

LindyHemming Wed 16-Dec-15 23:11:06

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Saz12 Wed 16-Dec-15 23:15:22

I would rather not eat than have to sit at a table with the sounds. I was diagnosed with anorexia in my early 20's, but it wasn't a weight/body image issue, it was the sheer disgusting revoltingness of hearing other people eat. I may not be entirely rational about this!

I try to limit it to one shared meal a day, and for Occasions (eg Christmas) plan menu's to allow for breakout activities (e.g. custard that desperately needs to be stirred) when all is too much. I can cope with DH, and find DD not an issue at all, but it is a trial with other people.

Drink lots, put music on, and get a bigger table.

BoffinMum Wed 16-Dec-15 23:18:08

I hate this, and teeth cleaning as well. I didn't realise it had a name.

hefzi Wed 16-Dec-15 23:25:05

One of my elderly relatives always used to confront noisy eaters and tell them that they sounded like "a horse eating beans": go on, OP - I dare you!

MistressoftheYoniverse Wed 16-Dec-15 23:30:25

I can't stand many face noises..chewing loudly, sniffing and not blowing nose,hawk n spitting, coughing loudly and frequently (I know they can't help it) laughs...burps n blow... ear-plugs maybe?...I really feel your pain flowers

WyrdByrd Wed 16-Dec-15 23:38:52

Ugh! I feel your pain.

Weirdly my top 'horrible eating noises' are much the same as Ed1ts - nuts, cereal and bananas are my pet hates.

I do find that some people's eating noises are worse than others - my mum, DH, sometimes DD and a couple of my friends really grate on me, yet I have other friends and my Dad who I could sit next to while they eat and it wouldn't register.

I think it must be something to do with the amount of air they take in/saliva produced that makes some worse/noisier than others.

If you're just sitting and chilling out, could you take some headphones and listen to an audiobook?

pieceofpurplesky Wed 16-Dec-15 23:47:36

My DS is like this. He has been known to put his knife and fork down and ask to be excused from the table as 'the way X is eating is making me feel sick'blush

Bogeyface Thu 17-Dec-15 00:42:36

YY to H eating nuts, but the worst ones have got to be my mother eating cornflakes, the slurping and crunching and gulping made me nauseous, but she would go mad if I didnt want to eat my breakfast! Then her with a boiled egg....even the thought of that 30 odd years later makes me feel ill!

lizzydrippingsghost Thu 17-Dec-15 07:19:41

glenthered that is fucking grim,no way would i sit at the table with anyone like that

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