You're casually chomping away on some potato chips at your desk when you feel a pair of eyes giving you a death stare. Apparently you're being too noisy, because your co-worker is outraged. It seems like she's being unreasonable, but that may not be the case. People who have misophonia, or a "hatred of sound," suffer from an actual disorder.
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