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

  1. Besides asking my boyfriend to tickle my arm or brush my hair, when I get my hair dyed (the crinkles), hair cut, hair wash, when my boss explains something to me while typing on the computer, and when someone is organizing makeup. I also have a friend who showed me her gemstone collection and it was amazing.


  2. People touching me on my chest or my shoulders when they’re talking to me is a huge trigger. I work in retail, and my ASMR is triggered whenever a customer calls me by my first name. About a week ago, I had a lady come into the store and notice that my eczema was bad and she was telling me about how she got rid of hers, where to find the cream, when to apply it. That triggered my ASMR, but doctor’s appointments typically don’t.


  3. 1. I’m mostly tactile, triggered by mostly by touch, but sounds can bring me to ASMR too.
    2. Touch.
    3. When a man’s beard brushes against my face or neck.
    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?
    4. Yes. if my surroundings make me feel unsafe I will focus my attention towards identifying threats. The safest, stimuli free my surroundings are- I’m more likely to feel ASMR.
    5. It’s different.


    • For me it has always been about certain songs or pieces of music. I noticed at about age nine or ten that I would want to play these songs or concerti over and over. I would listen for the intro to my local classical music station for the intro to the The Gas Company Evening Concert on KFAC in Hollywood. The piece, I only discovered last year, I discovered was Rachmaninoff on a Theme from Paganini, 18th variation.
      Upon further investigation, I discovered EVERY song I had ever really and truly loved and craved gave me chills. I found I could hear a song on the radio and predict ‘that’s gonna be a huge hit’ without knowing how I knew. Chill factor, I discovered. And that chill factor, perceived in just half of all people, was called ASMR. Mystery solved.


  4. Started noticing just a few years ago that certain songs and classical pieces gave me ‘the chills’. When listening to a new-to-me song on the radio, I would state to whomever was with me, “that song’s going to be a massive hit.” And then it would be and I didn’t know why. When downloading and burning a CD of some of my all time favorite songs and pieces of music, I realized that all of them gave me chills. From Rachmaninoff on a Theme of Paganini, 18th variation, to Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Embryonic Journey’ to the Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and Selena Gomez’s ‘ The Heart Wants What It Wants’, all of them gave me chills. So for me, it’s mostly music.


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