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clearing throat and sniffing

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Aspergers_Aspie, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Aspergers_Aspie

    Aspergers_Aspie Well-Known Member

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    I've never understood why some people try and get attention by pretending to sniff or clear their throat
     
  2. Misery

    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    Well... it might not be pretending, really.

    I do both all the time, but it's because I'm allergic to pretty much everything. So I sure as heck dont need to pretend.
     
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  3. Gracey

    Gracey Well-Known Member

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    My mother in law has a bit of a nervous habit doing exactly this.

    I liken it to a tic, of sorts. In that she isn't attention seeking, she doesn't realise she's doing it much of the time.

    The larger the family gathering and the more stressy she feels, the more and faster she does it.

    I tend to use it as a gauge.
    If she's going like the clappers with it,
    I try to redirect conversation so others join in and take over conversational subjects,
    meaning less focus on her = less stress= less sniffing and throat clearing.

    In her case, definitely a nervous habit and not attention seeking :)
     
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  4. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    I have had both teachers and employers do a loud fake cough to grab attention. You can tell it is fake. It is another way of saying, "Pay attention here!"
     
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    Fino Alex V.I.P Member

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    I sniff a lot but it isn't pretending or really conscious.
     
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    Pats Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I know sometimes a person will clear their throat to get someone's attention, which is a little different than just clearing the throat. Getting attention is more of an "ahem". I can't imagine sniffing being used to get someone's attention though. I would tend to think allergies or a cold, or just inflamed sinuses.