I hate the sound of styrofoam. I have my whole life. When I hear it – specifically, when someone is handling styrofoam, and either slides it up against something else (such as when you’re packing something contained in styrofoam into a cardboard box), or just rummages it through their hands, I instantly get goosebumps and shivers down my spine. Prolonged exposure to the sound (anything more than a few seconds), I start to feel the urge to throw up. To me, it’s the most uncomfortable sound in the world.
Over the years, I’ve wondered why I am so sensitive to the sound of styrofoam, and if anyone else has this same problem. I’ve researched it on the internet, only to find very few clues as to the source of my problem.
I’d like to stop experiencing the sheer agony whenever I hear styrofoam. I’d like to get over it. But I don’t know how, and if it’s even possible.
If I had to imagine a therapy program for getting over the sound of styrofoam, I’d picture it going something like this.
I’d go through a series of exposures where I hear the sound of styrofoam, but I somehow practice diverting my attention to something peaceful. I do this, say… three times a day. Over a few weeks or months, eventually I start associating the sound of styrofoam with something peaceful, and then get rid of the problem.
I’m not sure this will work, and I’m no hypnotherapist, but it seems like it could help. At first it will be extremely difficult, but over time I may find it easier to hear the styrofoam.