[Voices of ASMR] What triggers ASMR in the real world?

Based on your ASMR experiences…

Explain what triggers ASMR for you in the real world, include details like:

  • Are you triggered by voices? sounds? sights? touches? smells? other?
  • Which of the above trigger types is the strongest for you?
  • What real world situations trigger your ASMR the strongest?
  • Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?
  • Is the sensation similar or different from ASMR triggered by a video or audio recording?

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59 thoughts on “[Voices of ASMR] What triggers ASMR in the real world?

  1. Many things. Watching QVC where they describe stuff in detail. Watching people cook or make/ build something. Listening to people explain how to do things. Bob Ross. People talking softly or very gently.

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  2. Having my hair cut – not the washing etc (too uncomfortable, head back in the basin) – but the combing and cutting. It produces a warm fuzzy feeling all over mt head, neck and shoulders and can send me into a hypnagogic state. I’m fortunate in having a hairdresser who doesn’t chatter at me!

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  3. My strongest real-world trigger is an electric razor close to my ear. It’s so intense that it seizes my back up and vibrates through my buttocks. It’s too powerful to really be enjoyable; sometimes I want to get away from the razor to stop the sensation. In a video, this same sensation is actually pleasurable, because it is usually less intense. After that, whispers and blowing into my ear are the strongest sensation, followed by scissors cutting material. With the exception of the electric razor in real life, I can easily ignore all of these triggers, if I try.

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  4. Are you triggered by voices? sounds? sights? touches? smells? other?

    Whispering, mouth sounds, tapping, scratching, light touches on arms/shoulders/back, crinkles, focused attention on a task

    Which of the above trigger types is the strongest for you?

    tapping (particularly on wooden objects or dense glass)

    What real world situations trigger your ASMR the strongest?

    When I was a student (and later as a teacher) it was the sound of pencils writing. Particularly when everyone was taking a test so it was very quiet and the sounds were pretty isolated.

    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?

    In a way yes. For the most part, it needs to be a relatively quiet atmosphere with few distractions.

    Is the sensation similar or different from ASMR triggered by a video or audio recording?

    Pretty similar.

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  5. I am a 16 year old boy and i am very interested in psychology and neuroscience. I have been experiencing ASMR and Misophonia ever since i can really remember. With Misophonia my only trigger was snoring, no matter what the case was i would just go ballistic if i heard snoring. A bit later in my life i developed a trigger to people chewing. Now with my ASMR my triggers are smooth voices etc. Also seeing someone do something repeatedly over and over, but my trigges do not work when i look up trigger videos or if someone knows i am “using” them for ASMR. It’s almost as if it only triggers in a naturally occurring situation, i can’t just set it up myself. Now this is where things get a bit more interesting. Once i fully read up on ASMR and Misophonia i figured that there had to he some sort of connection between the two and i got this idea that you could turn Misophonia into ASMR so i begun to experiment with it and it actually worked! When i was near my brother who was eating at the time, i concentrated on the sound then the feeling of ASMR and just like that my Misophonia trigger turned into an ASMR trigger. Now i pretty much seek out people who are chewing vigorously although, if i am in a bad mood or annoyed with a person at the time and they start chewing, it triggers my Misophonia again. I have yet to accomplish it with my snoring trigger because it is just too powerful for me to over come, but i am still trying it and swear that i will change it over to ASMR soon enough. i just needed to share this experience with some one so maybe more research could be done on the topic. This sounds very far-fetched but i am speaking the complete truth

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    • I totally get what you’re saying!!! We’re like harmless vampires in a sense! I seek out people who can trigger me all the time! It’s like a drug almost!

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    • I too can’t get triggered by videos. For me to get an ASMR response it has to be live in person, or what the ASMR community likes to call “accidental”.

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