Here's the thing. It's simple. The sounds associated with eating occasionally drive me ridiculously close to the brink of rage. It's terrible. My own eating sounds don't generally bother me. But when I hear someone else chomping, chewing, sloshing shit around in their mouth, and swallowing ... I dunno. It's bad. I saw a shrink about it at one point. She basically tried to tell me that the whole thing has to do with some near-death experience I had as a child, wherein I must've choked or something like that. No-one in my family remembers this -(including myself)- and frankly, the whole of it sounds like bullshit. Sort of like a pre-packaged catch-all response to queries like these: you had a terrible childhood experience and it's crippled you. And at times it really seems to have done just that. I can't have a quiet dinner with my girlfriend, because the sound of her eating makes me want to put my head through a wall or something. Thankfully, she's tolerant and sympathetic to this ... and she knows that it's of course nothing against her personally. It could be anyone. In fact, restaurants are at times difficult for me, because even the clinks of silverware on a plate will set me down the path. Loud restaurants are usually okay because the ambient noise (from the music they're playing, the din of conversations, etcetra) seems to dull the offensive sounds to the point that they don't bother me. I'm not sure what that means. In any case, this is a fairly frustrating affliction, if that is what it should be called. It's not a constant: sometimes I'll go for weeks without having any sort of problem with it. Again, the more overwhelming the sound is (as such) the worse it tends to be, or, if I'm trying to hear something in particular it's bad as well. So if I'm trying to, watch a movie for example, and someone wants a snack, it's terribly offensive. So what do you all suggest? Is there a method for disassociating these sounds with this extreme sense of uncomfortability? Any help at all would be appreciated. ~~ Notes: I'm not on any medication. I do not have a history of other sorts of psychological problems, and my only phobia is of the arachno type. 23 years of age, male. Thanks again for your help.