The Door

I have an issue. Well, in all honesty, it’s probably number 1,642 on my list of issues but it is one that I need to figure out how to deal with QUICK before I end up in some looney bin or even worse, jail.

I don’t know exactly when it started but in the past 3 – 4 weeks, the sound of one particular bedroom door closing is about to drive me out of my mind. Now this door has been in this house since the day it was built and I have lived in this house for 25 of it’s 30 years. In all these years, I’ve never even given one single thought to the door. It’s a frickin door for goodness’ sake! What’s there to think about?

Over the years, I have rented this room out on several occasions and again, in all the years and of all the people who have passed through this room, I have never had a problem with the door. Until now. The sound this door makes when it closes is a slamming sound. Unless you turn the doorknob and close it gently, it slams. It slams. It slams. It slams.

I am renting the room to a mother and her 10-year-old daughter and they are constantly going in and out of their room. Not a big deal, right? It’s their room.

I will be relaxing and watching TV in my room in the evenings and the door will slam, I kid you not, over and over and over and over and over. It’s about to drive me out of my mind! I start cussing and freaking out and my boyfriend says I’m being a bit extreme. I even texted my daughter last week because I was going out of my mind from the slamming.

This morning I was looking for some information on noises that drive you crazy and came across this on WebMD:

Do certain daily sounds trigger an over-the-top emotional reaction, but yet don’t seem to bother anyone else?

Misophonia is a disorder in which certain sounds trigger emotional or physiological responses that some might perceive as unreasonable given the circumstance. Those who have misophonia might describe it as when a sound “drives you crazy.” Their reactions can range from anger and annoyance to panic and the need to flee. The disorder is sometimes called selective sound sensitivity syndrome.

Yep, that’s what I have; an over-the-top emotional reaction. I mean, really, really over-the-top. I feel the rage just boiling up when I hear the door slam. With each slam, I feel my blood pressure rising. It’s NOT NORMAL.

The other day I went and bought felt pads to put in the door jam to help the door not slam. It hasn’t helped. It’s just a different kind of sound and now they have to push or pull the door harder to get it to shut which leads to more slamming.

Yesterday, I was informed that she found an apartment and will be out of here in two weeks. Hallelujah! I just hope I make it that long.

Another interesting article I found was, What is the INFJ “Door Slam”? The Rumors and the Truth, which I found truly interesting, considering I am an INFP. Maybe I need to dig deeper into why this noise bothers me…maybe not.

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