[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. I get triggered by sights, sounds, smells and certain types of touch. I was once at the dentist’s office, and while they were doing cold laser therapy on my jaw, I kept laughing because it was tingling in my butt-cheek and extreme lower lumbar region, depending on where it was aimed on my face. I can also create the sensations by imagining a known trigger.

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  2. It almost seems as if its a glitch in the brain. Most ASMR triggers annoy almost everyone else while we secretly love it or maybe “accept” it. This is going to sound crazy but, some kid was slowly ruining a book of mine while browsing through it and seemed totally oblivious to what he was doing and instead of me saying something, for some reason i just let it happen, wondering what was going through his head as he continued. ASMR neutralized all my emotions and desires except its pleasure and keeping that ASMR feel alive, which included not moving a muscle or even breathing too heavily to not “spook the victim” or break their train of thought so that they would continue for as long as possible. All of this also happened the same way with a kid who i didnt mind, that sat behind me in grade school and would sometimes fiddle with my chair using his feet. I didn’t know what was going through his head, nor did i care. I would never address it later on and I wouldn’t move a muscle while it was happening, hoping to extend the time a bit and to possibly have more encounters later on. I had to do it this way because if i told him to do it, then that specific trigger would get basically blacklisted. On a conclusion i find it interesting to believe ASMR and Misophonia are two sides of the same coin and have connections

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  3. Are you triggered by voices? sounds? sights? touches? smells? other? – touches to my scalp such has hair brushing or hair cuts by others. certain smells as well, like lavendar

    Which of the above trigger types is the strongest for you? – touch of my scalp

    What real world situations trigger your ASMR the strongest? – hair brushing or hair cuts by others (ie. salon)

    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?- no

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

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  4. In the real world my ASMR triggers during having my hair tended to at the hairdressers especially when it is being washed. Any kind of make-up (beauty, glam, SFX or prosthetics) or skincare application including spa treatments. Make-up is a big one for me. I love many aspects of makeup and I am also a make artist by training and trade alas finding others to do my makeup is not as common which is a shame because I cannot give myself ASMR.

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  5. In life (as opposed to when watching videos) certain voices, especially soft and accented or over the phone, are strong triggers. It can actually sometimes be distracting as I get entranced in the middle of a conversation, though it never actually disrupts my life.

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