If you haven't had an ASMR experience, you're missing out

Thursday, August 4, 2016

If you've been around the internet (surely), I'm betting you've already heard of the term "ASMR" before, whether on Youtube, forums, or wherever else. You might've heard it from a friend or read it through a Facebook post as well, but you haven't really looked into the details on what it is and who it's for. Well, if you're in need of some enlightenment from a self-proclaimed ASMR-ist (if that's even a word), this is your lucky day (the cliché kills, but let it go, k?).

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What is ASMR?

ASMR or "Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response" is, simply put, the "tingling" you feel on your scalp & neck. "It is usually experienced through a relaxing tingling in the scalp and the back of the neck and can extend into the rest of the body" (via asmrlab). As most ASMR-centered sites may tell you, this phenomenon is hard to explain to people who don't experience it. If I had to give a clear example of the sensation, imagine getting your hair brushed before bed by someone, or getting a haircut. It's that 'head orgasm' you feel by even the slightest touch or a single sound from anything (called your trigger).

Personally, I discovered I had a really addictive case (well, addictive might be a little over the top) of ASMR, specifically for the following: (1) paint knife on a palette; (2) paint knife mixing paint on canvas; (3) anything produced/uploaded by Cosmic Tingles ASMR on Youtube; and (4) Bob Ross' Joy of Painting videos. These are my current triggers.

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It was actually the latter that introduced me to ASMR, as I had always wondered why I would get so sleepy or relaxed whenever I watched Bob Ross "beat the devil out of" the paint brush or hear the scraping noises his painting knife would make whenever he was painting mountains. Right now, I've downloaded a select playlist for offline viewing on Youtube to listen to before bed every night, and it has done wonders for my sleep quality.

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Is this an actual scientific condition?

Yes - perhaps. There has been very little research to support the idea of ASMR, but there are a large number of accounts that have common underlying conditions that are pretty convincing. I experience ASMR myself, so there's that ( I am currently listening to some ASMR while typing this and I am slowly losing grip on reality, haha!)

Unfortunately, not everyone can experience the tingling, so sometimes, ASMR videos can just come off as creepy to them and nothing else. If you want to figure out if you have ASMR, I suggest going to Youtube and typing in ASMR. You may also check Cosmic Tingles ASMR via the link I posted earlier in the post and browse through her videos (current faves are this and this).

Different people have different triggers, so your trigger may be too loud or too soft for my taste, and vice-versa. I once had co-workers try listening to some ASMR videos and the response was varied.

One really funny thing about being able to experience ASMR is the fact that those who can't bash us for it, calling us weirdos and creeps. I highly doubt that once they do get the sensation, they'll continue that attitude. ASMR videos have been my shield from a rather stressful, panicky world.

Have you got a question you'd like to ask regarding ASMR? Curious? Why not leave a comment below and we'll get you all sorted out, to the best of my ability.

18 comments

  1. I will totally check this out. This is so interesting. I think I've experienced it before but I'm not really sure. Haha. Thanks for sharing this!! ;)

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    1. Hehe, trying to make more people aware of ASMR!

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  2. This is the first time I heard about ASMR and I'm not yet sure what sounds I'm drawn to but I will find out :)

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  3. So that is what it is called. When I was young, I remember an old nanny telling us how she was visited by her departed loved ones, like how they would touch her head and she would feel it. I didn't understand until I became aware that there are times when it happened to me too. Early on, I associated it with the supernatural. Nowadays, nah...

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    1. Hahaha, what's great about ASMR is that it also involves the eyes. If we see something pleasing along with the audio... then boom. hehe

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  4. I'm pretty sure I have experienced this. I am just not sure with the specific situations that it's occured. Next time though, I know I will make a conscious effort to know the times or which moments trigger ASMR for me.

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    1. Yes, please do! It's a wonderful experience.

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  5. I am not sure if I got that, but I am trying my luck to see videos of it on youtube. I'm curious. hahahaha

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    1. Hehehe, you won't regret it, if ASMR is really something you can experience. :)

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  6. Great to learn about this. I'm on my way to YouTube right now... its never heard about ASMR until now...I hole it works for me as well!

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    1. Fingers crossed! Hope you find your trigger!

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  7. Perhaps I am missing out a lot having not heard of or tried ASMR. Or I have too sick lately I was really not paying much attention on ASMR.

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    1. ASMR has been around for a time, but not everyone really knows about it. :)

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  8. Wow I have never heard of this. I will have to do more research. You have sparked an interest for ASMR.

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

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  9. this is actually my first time to hear about this condition but I find it really intriguing too...I don't know if I have it or i have experienced it before or what are my triggers too.. I wonder how bad or how good the impact of this ASMR to the person who has it!

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    1. I would definitely say there is no bad impact if ASMR is something for you. It's either you don't experience it or you do, which is awesome. :)

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