MISOKINESIA (Visual Triggers)

People have begun using the word misokinesia to describe a sensory sensitivity to visual stimuli. Having misokinesia means that a person has negative emotional responses to seeing a particular movement or repetitive motion.


Visual triggers have been part of misophonia ever since the Jastreboff’s first published their ground-breaking articles on something new that they called misophonia. They coined the name misophonia over 20 years ago, and they included visual triggers in their description of misophonia.


People with misokinesia have visual triggers, and those with misophonia have issues with sound. However, not everyone that has misophonia will have misokinesia.

A recent request for examples of visual triggers produced many hundreds of responses from the Facebook misophonia support group members. Many of the examples involved issues with the face (especially chewing) or movements of fingers, hands, and legs. Some environmental triggers were also mentioned, such as windshield wipers, fans, and lights.


Visual triggers produce the same reactions from people as sound triggers do. They cause a person to experience negative emotions such as anger, disgust, frustration, rage, and more. Like misophonia, a person’s sensitivity fluctuates depending on unknown factors. These are possibly the same ones that affect misophonia: sleep, diet, exercise, environment, the visual source, etc. Visual triggers are not universal, and they are unique to the individual.

Unlike misophonia, one cannot lessen the impact of the trigger the way a person with misophonia can wear earplugs, headphones, etc. But the general avoidance techniques used for misophonia can be beneficial.