Misokinesia (visual triggers)

The word misokinesia describes having negative feelings about something seen. The sight of a particular movement is involved. Often, it’s a repetitive motion. Misokinesia can sometimes accompany misophonia. People with misokinesia have visual triggers. While those with misophonia have issues with sounds. But, not everyone that has misophonia has misokinesia. And, vice versa.

When asked about misokinesia, members of the Facebook misophonia support group came up with hundreds of examples of visual triggers. Many of them involved the face. Or, movements of fingers, hands, and legs. People also mentioned other visual triggers like windshield wipers, fans, and lights.


Visual Triggers are very similar to Sound Triggers

Visual triggers produce the same problems as sound triggers. They cause negative emotions like anger, disgust, and sometimes rage. Like misophonia, a person’s sensitivity can fluctuate. Although, it depends on individual circumstance. Sleep, diet, exercise, and the source of the visual all matter. Visual triggers are not universal. They are unique to the individual.

Unlike misophonia, it is more difficult to avoid visual triggers. A person with misophonia can wear earplugs or headphones. But a person with misokinesia cannot limit their eyesight. Still, the general avoidance techniques used for misophonia can be very helpful.

Top 50 Visual Triggers

(As reported by the Facebook Misophonia Support Group – In no particular order)

  1. Leg tapping, shaking
  2. Foot tapping, thumping
  3. Chewing, open or closed mouth
  4. Nodding
  5. Teeth brushing
  6. Hiccupping
  7. Finger tapping
  8. Fiddling with hair
  9. Toe wiggling
  10. Nail or finger picking
  11. Nail biting
  12. Fingers in mouth
  13. Licking lips, licking other
  14. Thumb sucking
  15. Flickering or flashing lights
  16. Twiddling thumbs
  17. Hair twisting
  18. Yawning
  19. Touching the nose, flaring nostrils
  20. Bringing a cup up to the mouth
  21. Spitting
  22. Opening a package
  23. Lights, blinking or strobe effect
  24. Dragging feet
  25. Pen tapping
  26. Nose when sniffling
  27. Fingers in ears
  28. Fiddling with keys or coins
  29. Stroking a beard
  30. Scratching
  31. Hand to mouth movements, hand gestures
  32. Things that sway back and forth
  33. Protruding tongue
  34. Teeth and toothpick action
  35. Visible food in mouth
  36. Rocking chair movements
  37. Bouncing balls
  38. Biting lips
  39. Nose blowing
  40. Ceiling fans
  41. Windshield wipers
  42. Blowing bubbles
  43. Eye rolling
  44. Hair brushing
  45. Swinging keys
  46. Kissing
  47. People typing
  48. Flossing
  49. Pacing
  50. Rubbing



  1. What a great list!

    having suffered with Misophonia since age 10, I am now 71, it was a great blessing to me to find an actual name for my condition; and that others also suffer with it.

    Many of the things listed above affect me, but I would add one more. Computer screens with blinking, changing or moving areas. I’m not talking about movies that I choose to watch or the like, but those annoying “Hey, look at me-I’m more important than anything you could possibly be doing on the computer” infuriating displays of self importance; commonly known as blinking, flashing, discourteous advertisements!

    As you can tell I do have Misophonia. Thanks for your work and may God bless you with success.

  2. having misophonia makes you want to actually hurt the person that’s making one or more of the triggering noises. You don’t really want to hurt them but that’s the type of anger that builds up inside of you. If one of your sibling’s were chewing really loud, the anger makes you want to hurt them to make them stop even though you don’t actually want to hurt them, not sure if i’m making sense

    • Same! I feel so bad feeling that way, but it just happens. I totally understand.

  3. misokinesia. Thanks!! This describes what I was trying to say in the misophonia article.
    Now we have a name for being annoyed by what we see.

    Also to include in that list above, is seeing often repeated words or names.

    • I am 59 years old and have been made fun of all my life for not being able to stay in the same room with someone kicking their leg or rocking in a chair……Always thought I was screwed up. So grateful it’s not just me. Not a single Counselor could ever help me.

  4. Since I can remember I being the oldest meant sitting next to dad during meals and they were all silent, well to everyone else. Just knowing family dinner every night was mandatory was bad enough. For me, it was constant torture from their first bite of, well, I will spare you the sounds and open mouth eating descriptions I endured until we were excused. That was only part of my issues I suffered from. Over the past 15 years I have been diagnosed with multiple different mental disorders and loaded with many psychological drugs with very little help. After finding Misophonia & Misokinesia I honestly can tie everything to them both. They are real issues that we suffer from and people ie., doctors, need to finally take this seriously.

  5. I am so glad I stumbled onto this site. This makes me feel so much better. For years I thought I was a bad and intolerant person. My worst with misokinesia is repetative movements in my peripheral vision, especially when another person has a nervous tic or constant or people eating with mouth open or eating too fast. My major misophonia triggers are snare drums, band music and jazz. Also someone constantly coughing, sniffling, blowing nose, sneezing, loud clattering of dishes, constant chatter going nowhere, and too much repetition in a song, for example the Beatles “Hey Jude” (all the na-nas hey jude) I like the beginning of the song but when it comes to the na-nas I have to turn it off. Thanks for listening and so glad I’m not the only one and there are names for these disorders!

  6. Why won’t you post my comment?

  7. What about bodily sensations? For example, I have long suffered from misophonia and have met several others who find the sensation of dry feet on a dry mat or dusty dirt/sand to be intolerable.


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