Polls about ASMR

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  1. I’m 47 and I’ve also been experiencing ASMR as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are from my mom brushing my hair or when the girl behind me in school would braid my hair. It’s also been triggered with light (non-sexual) touch, sleepy whispering with a friend, parent, or partner, close and quiet proximity with a loved one–things like that. Every so often, it would be triggered by certain visuals or audio in films and tv shows. I only discovered this name for it this week when a Facebook conversation mentioned that a certain actress might appeal to people who have ASMR because of her voice. I had no idea what that meant, so I googled and it led me to this whole community and intentional ASMR videos. It’s a much needed and welcome discovery! I have had really high stress levels over the last few years. I’ve also not had a relationship of the kind that really provides that kind of intimate light touch or closeness in a long time (I do have friends, but the kind you go to dinner with and talk to–not cuddle up to). I had made a connection that the two things were related: I believed that I had more anxiety because I had no way to get that kind of comforting and calming feeling, but didn’t know what to do about it. Certain videos really do work for me and, in just a couple of day of “using” the videos, I already feel more calm and less anxious. Aside from the personal benefit, as an academic, I’m just finding this whole thing really fascinating and am interested to learn more.

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  2. Well, I share a lot of the same experiences as other commenters here – but I guess I’m perhaps a bit weirder as the tingles can result in more than just a “head orgasm” (in fact, I don’t know what that is) . . . the tingles will build and result in an actual orgasm. I always thought that I was some kind of freak feeling the tingles without any direct touch, so I was blown away by the This American LIfe story. It’s good to know that I’m not alone.

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  3. There have been several murmurs in the scientific community about the connection of ASMR, synesthesia, and misophonia. Obviously you all know what ASMR, but synesthesia and misophonia are relatively obscure. Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. In other words when people who have it see/smell/feel certain stimuli, their brain automatically connects it with a different stimuli. For instance apple cider feels like sandpaper in my mouth, and when I touch sandpaper I taste apple cider. Misophonia is a much more common disorder (a 4-out-of-5 compared to synesthesia’s mere 5%)in which a certain “trigger” sound causes a person to experience “flight of flight” symptoms, meaning they either have to escape the situation at all costs or the feel the need to hit the cause of the sound and scream at it. Common triggers include slurping, throat-clearing, nail-clipping, chewing, drinking, tooth-brushing, breathing, sniffing, talking, sneezing, yawning, walking, gum-chewing or popping, laughing, snoring, swallowing, gulping, typing, coughing, humming, whistling, singing, certain consonants, plate squeaking, or repetitive sounds. So I’d like to know if you guys think there is a connection and if you think you may have synesthesia and/or misophonia.

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    • I wonder the same thing.

      I have auditory/tactile synesthesia. Low frequency sounds elicit the sensation of being touched (it’s not the same as feeling the vibrations of low sounds). It’s such a normal part of my life that I don’t really think about it or notice it though, anymore so than I notice that I can see colors rather than being color-blind. My synesthesia is due to a brain injury, but I’ve experienced ASMR for as long as I can remember. It’s also a completely different sensation, but I think it’s worth mentioning that sounds are huge triggers for ASMR for me, so it’s possible that my auditory nerves are a factor.

      I also experience misophonia, though it’s infrequent. It is not something I can ignore, and it often causes such an intense and sudden animosity toward the person (or object–a clicking ceiling fan sets my teeth on edge) causing it that I have to leave the vicinity. I sometimes feel the urge to copy the sounds they make, but it makes me feel a bit crazy, so I usually escape.

      Oddly enough, similar sounds can cause ASMR for me. I feel like these phenomena must be related in some way. I look forward to future research to see if there are overlapping neurological mechanisms behind these experiences.

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  4. from what i can tell i only get ASMR from music. and only on certain music,

    i always thought everyone felt that with music (especially since people say good music can send shivers down your spine… i always figured that’s what they’re referring to)

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  5. I have experienced ASMR for as long as I can remember, but I had no idea that it was a “thing” until last year. I only ever attempted to describe the sensation to a few people before that. I told them that certain things gave me the “warm fuzzies” (I had no idea how better to describe it). Before exploring ASMR specific videos, I mostly listened to videos of people playing idiophone-type percussion instruments such as Marimbas, Hang Drums, and Singing Bowls. I also like watching other people have their make-up done. I wish more ASMR videos contained the latter rather than someone pretending to do my makeup or doing their own. But, the ASMRtists have done a pretty good job, overall, creating something for everyone.

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