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17 May 2019, 7:44 pm

Yeah sure, we all know a siren blaring, a chatty crowd and itchy clothing are a pain, but those examples are recycled over and over in the media and I think we all are a little more unique than that. So, what are some noises/touches/tastes/smells out there that just send you running for the hills? I'll go first!

1. Soup, sauce or chip dip that is cold. It feels like I'm eating slime...ew. If it's not heated, I'm not eating it.

2. Babies/children eating. Okay, I have eight nieces and nephews and I can't count how many times I've had to politely leave a room because hearing them eat is unbearable. They don't even smack their food really. (except the babies) They just chew like normal people, yet for some reason, I hear it all. Needless to say, parenting is probably not for me.

3. Dogs barking. I've noticed that dogs provide a lot of comfort to people on the spectrum. I guess I missed out on that one. That sharp, loud noise coming from their face hole is enough for me to evacuate the premises.

On the flip side, you can share textures/smells/noises/tastes that bring great comfort to you. Because, why not? :)



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17 May 2019, 7:51 pm

I can’t stand motorcycles, but that’s pretty common.

I don’t like the TV too loud.

I get overstimulated when there’s a lot of noise of any type.

I like weighted blankets and when my dog provides deep pressure. It’s calming.



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17 May 2019, 8:10 pm

Artificial fragrances are a very big problem for me. Cologne/perfume (I can taste it). I hate it. Dryer sheets, scented laundry detergent, air fresheners (e.g. febreeze or glade spray, etc). I can taste them to. Scented candles. I love the smell of my most dear without any fragrance. I literally could not live in a house with artificial fragrances.

Piercing metal on metal car brakes.

Insects crawling on me, like the soft wispy touch of a spider or ant.

Repetitive sounds.


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17 May 2019, 8:33 pm

Artificial fragrances.
People talking on speakerphone.
The tone of voice of cartoons and youtube vloggers.
Feeling physically trapped.



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17 May 2019, 8:37 pm

Perfume, smoke, most essential oils can go screw themselves.


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17 May 2019, 9:04 pm

Highly hyperactive movements, especially if they're on the way. Of any creatures, be it human or animals. It mattered a little if it's noisy or not, big or small...

The cold -- whether it's a room temperature, surface temperature, or food. In which in turn if there's enough humidity in the air...
Sinusitis and everything that causes it.


What could calm me down varies...
Certain light touches especially on my hair, certain light and warmth temperatures, certain windy sensations with just right amount of coolness, certain visual patterns that aren't too colorfully intense and too asymmetrical, certain sensations that mimics water, any sensations that could cause me to feel lighter or lose tension, sometimes a certain type of emptiness or lack or presence of many things...


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17 May 2019, 9:43 pm

Smells I can't stand:

Reeky perfume or cologne
Dryer pads (Bounce pads)
Old drywall
I love to read, but the musty smell of old books makes me sneeze and the chemical smell used in newer textbooks smells like barf.
Urine

Sounds I can't stand:

Loudly revving car engines (and the idiots who think the road is their raceway).
Throat clearing
Excessive use of verbal fillers ("um," "uh," "you know")

Things I love:

The purring sound of a cat. It is very comforting. I love everything about cats in general (well, except for dirty litterboxes).

The sound of Denis Istomin's voice when he's giving an interview. He is soft-spoken and articulate.



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17 May 2019, 9:49 pm

Febreeze is disgusting. When it mixes with the smell of cat urine, the smell is doubly horrendous. That stuff only masks odors and poorly. "If you really want to throw up, mix old socks, cat pee and Febreeze."



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Yesterday, 12:28 am

That stress me out:

- people suddenly bursting into loud laughter in public places (I'm sure it is nice for them, but I can't anticipate when they are going to be noisy again and it startles me over and over)
- terry cloth (it's too soft and creepy)
- the sound of wood sliding against concrete
- the smell of canned green beans
- sock seams
- when the express train rolls though a non-express station
- Techno
- pop-country

That calm me down:

- the tiredness in my body from taking a really long walk
- the feeling of being smushed in a hammock
- snuggling a fuzzy warm pet
- the sound of a driving cymbal or heavy base drum in certain genres of Jazz
- the feeling or making a really nice fold in thick wrapping paper.
- the sound of big fat rain droplets on a roof
- the smell of sweet olive
- the first sight of brown pelicans coming inland after q cold snap in the fall


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Yesterday, 4:08 am

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3. Dogs barking. I've noticed that dogs provide a lot of comfort to people on the spectrum. I guess I missed out on that one. That sharp, loud noise coming from their face hole is enough for me to evacuate the premises.


That one. There are so many times I can’t evacuate the premises. And not only barking, them jumping on me also. The feeling is mutual, I set them off. All the owners say they have never seen their dog act that way before :(

Also anybody touching me from the shoulders up especially suddenly. My reactions have that situation have insulted plenty of people.


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Yesterday, 4:11 am

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3. Dogs barking. I've noticed that dogs provide a lot of comfort to people on the spectrum. I guess I missed out on that one. That sharp, loud noise coming from their face hole is enough for me to evacuate the premises.


That one. There are so many times I can’t evacuate the premises. And not only barking, them jumping on me also. The feeling is mutual, I set them off. All the owners say they have never seen their dog act that way before :(

Also anybody touching me from the shoulders up especially suddenly. My reactions in that situation have insulted plenty of people.


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Yesterday, 4:33 am

The smell of burning incense. It all smells the same to me: gross and headache-inducing.

When I lived with my parents, they would often leave the radio on while turning the TV on also. I couldn't understand either because of the mixed noise. They thought it quirky of me when I turned the radio off.



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Yesterday, 6:07 am

Magna wrote:
Artificial fragrances are a very big problem for me. Cologne/perfume (I can taste it). I hate it.


Same here. I never realised why I hate artificial smells so much. It's interesting to see that so many of you feel the same. This modern trend of dousing yourself with perfume is horrible ><

I can't tolerate extreme temperatures; especially the cold.

I also can't stand construction noises. Last summer 2 of our neighbours decided to rebuild their entire house; we had to have the windows closed all summer because the sound just drove me crazy.


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Yesterday, 6:20 am

Inappropriate use of CAPITAL letters for one. :D



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Yesterday, 6:41 am

The sound of a room full of children all talking at once. I hated being in the school cafeteria when I was in elementary school, so this has bothered me throughout my life.

The combination of wind and constant background noise. Sometimes just wind by itself can be irritating, especially if I am trying to have a conversation with somebody while it's windy.

Many of them involve my feet and legs. The feeling of socks that go above my ankle bone. I cringe when I see someone else wearing long socks, as I immediately imagine how their long socks would irritate my legs if I were wearing them. Actually, I just hate socks in general. I can't even bear wearing just socks by themselves.

And wearing very heavy or hard shoes bothers me no end. I'm either wearing super-light shoes or I'm barefoot.


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