Based on your ASMR experiences…
Explain if you can stimulate or experience ASMR on command or spontaneously, include details like:
- Can you stimulate ASMR on command? If so, how do you trigger it?
- Does it ever happen spontaneously/randomly?
- Do you consider this meditation or something else?
- Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?
- How is the sensation similar or different from ASMR triggered by a video or by a real world stimulus?
Note: Sometimes self-induced ASMR is confused with self-induced frisson. If you feel chills, see your arm hairs rise up (piloerection), or experience goosebumps then you may be experiencing self-induced frisson (AKA voluntary piloerection) rather than self-induced ASMR.
- Read about frisson here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisson
- Read about voluntary piloerection here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6071615/
If you think you are experiencing self-induced ASMR (rather than self-induced frisson), then please do share your answers and experiences in the Comments section below.
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88 thoughts on “[Voices of ASMR] Can ASMR be triggered on command or spontaneously?”
I can’t do it, no.
When it happens spontaneously I feel guilt because I’m zoned out when I should be paying attention. When it happens in a work setting I feel vulnerable and uncomfortable.
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For me, it cannot happen on command. I can try to get it to happen by watching ASMR videos, and usually it will work but sometimes it won’t. It can also happen spontaneously in life.
If someone blows in my ear softly, caresses my hand and fingers I’m done. I’m frozen in a state of euphoria. It really is a Brain Orgasm…better than anything I’ve ever experienced. My partners say that I look like someone on heroine or some drug
It happens to me spontaneously all the time. When I slowly scratch my head or kind of play with my hair I can trigger it.
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My experience thus far is no. I can’t imagine it can be triggered by command but I’d love to be proven wrong 🙂
I could show you the goosebumps on demand.
So maybe that is Voluntary piloerection? I can’t tell the difference between that and ASMR. But I do know I can feel it “on-demand” or “by-command” just by thinking about it.
I’ve never been able to do it on command. I wish I could! I’ve accidently caused it in myself by slowly and gently caressing my hands with my fingers and fingertips. I thought I figured it out, but every time I try to make it happen on command, no dice! It’s too powerful.