[Voices of ASMR] Can ASMR be triggered on command or spontaneously?

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?

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23 thoughts on “[Voices of ASMR] Can ASMR be triggered on command or spontaneously?

  1. I have always been able to initiate this feeling since I was a young boy. I jokingly felt like it was my own little superpower that would make me stronger and sharpen my senses. I can do it all the time but do get worn out after several episodes in a short time span. I don’t do it as much these days not sure why, but when I do I can make it much stronger than it was as a child and somewhat controlled. Funny thing too is it seems more centered around my groin area since puberty and I can become quite aroused if I focus on that area.

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  2. I can trigger ASMR manually. For me, it’s a meditation technique. I know what the feeling is, and can just stimulate it mentally causing it to happen. I’ve been able to do this as long as I remember, no single point I can remember where I learned how to do this. I’m not 100% convinced it can be taught either.

    Where this can happen spontaneously in a way, it’s still conscious when it happens. I can suppress it if I so desire, even if something (I.E. music or whatever) is helping trigger it.

    As I stated previously, this is a meditation technique I use. I’m able to use this to center myself, and calm myself. Reducing the heart rate and relieving any built up anxiety.

    Location does not matter one bit for using this. In fact, I use this in stressful scenarios, where I need to calm my body and mind (either just to calm myself, or to help focus my energy).

    As far how powerful the stimulus is, it’s hard to explain. When triggers help it go off (the most common trigger for me is good food), it’s always maximum strength. When it’s self triggered, it can be that powerful. But the strength of the feeling can vary. And the more I trigger it in succession, it will somewhat diminish the feeling. At full power, I can feel it quite literally to my toes. But while diminished, I can sometimes only feel it between my shoulders.

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  3. Can you stimulate ASMR on command? If so, how do you trigger it?
    Yes I can trigger it at will. I’m not sure exactly how I trigger it but it is pretty easy for me to do just by thinking. Like like imagining like you are pushing this energy wave the back of the head, flowing down the neck. I can trigger continuous waves of the sensation running all the way down. I does not run out like it’s a limited thing. I can repeatedly push for extended periods of time.

    I feel I accidentally learned meditation when I was young and have been able to use it to do some things other people have difficulty with, like slow/stop the flow of blood from a wound, lucid dreaming to the point of being able to study/homework/solve work problems while sleeping, push away pain, push away cold and focus my thoughts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Does it ever happen spontaneously/randomly?
    No.

    Do you consider this meditation or something else?
    I feels like you are pushing an energy out from a point at the base of the skull.

    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?
    No, I can do it walking down the street, in mid conversation, any time basically.

    How is the sensation similar or different from ASMR triggered by a video or by a real world stimulus?
    I have never used a video or other stimulus to trigger it. It’s always been self controlled.

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  4. Can you stimulate ASMR on command? If so, how do you trigger it?
    Yes! It is an innate ability I’ve always had, triggered at the base of the skull/back of the neck that sends a surge of “energy” down my spine and to wherever in my body I want to send it.

    Does it ever happen spontaneously/randomly?
    Yes, when experiencing frisson. Frisson can be felt when watching videos like this:

    “When people watch our videos many report experiencing a phenomenon called frisson – evoking goosebumps, tears of joy and sometimes even catharsis. Frisson is that sudden physical reaction and shudder of emotion you get with the epic moment of your favorite song or the climax of a great movie – but it’s far more than just emotion – it’s a visceral feeling of a presence beyond you. It might come with tingles and your hair might stand on end. It’s like the ring of truth – is ringing you.”

    Do you consider this meditation or something else?
    I meditate pretty regularly, but I have never linked this to the practice of meditation. That would be like linking milk to orange juice just because they are on the table at breakfast.

    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?
    No

    How is the sensation similar or different from ASMR triggered by a video or by a real world stimulus?
    ASMR induced by frisson experiences is normally full body, “my cup runneth over” sensation. ASMR self-induced is like releasing an electric/tingling/energy of which there is a limited resource, and directing it to flow to different parts of my body from the base of my skull/back of my neck. The frisson induced ASMR is much more powerful, and has a deep emotional/psychological impact, (given the content of frisson inducing stimuli, this is to be expected). If I use up all of my “energy stores”, I just have to wait for maybe 15 minutes or so to “recharge” and can resume releasing energy down my spine and into my body.

    I’ve released energy and sent it down to my legs, causing goose bumps probably 25 times while writing this. 😉 Please find the science behind this!!!

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  5. Only found out the term ASMR today, nice to hear others experience it too.

    Yes I can trigger it at will. Helps if the room is a little cool and I’m relaxed. I’m not sure exactly how I trigger it but it is pretty easy for me to do just by thinking. Like a gland or muscle at the back of the head, almost a like imagining like you are about to yawn or a wave of water on the back of the head, flowing down the neck but I don’t actually have to picture anything I just know the feeling and feel it, you know? It’s hard to explain. If the room is a little cool, but not uncomfortably so and I am in a relaxed state I can trigger continuous waves of the sensation running all the way down.

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  6. Hey! Yeah I can tingle at will.
    Not sure why though. I’ve never really meditated or anything, I’m not even spiritual or religious for that matter. I’m just a random guy with a party trick you can’t use at a party 🙂

    Can you stimulate ASMR on command? If so, how do you trigger it?
    Yep, I can instantly will it at any time, controlling the intensity, duration and, to a degree, the location. Its basically the same thought process, and level of concentration, as flexing a muscle. You just think it, and it happens.

    Does it ever happen spontaneously/randomly?
    Hard question, so for now, I’ll just say maybe.

    Do you consider this meditation or something else?
    I do use it to help with anxiety, but its mainly just a fun thing I can do.

    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?
    Not that I’ve yet noticed. Though when it’s focused in my head my senses become distorted, so I’d probably stop doing whatever else I was doing haha.

    How is the sensation similar or different from ASMR triggered by a video or by a real world stimulus?
    Its basically the same feeling as my externally triggered ASMR, but the control makes it seem more mechanical at times. I can have it whenever I want, so there’s no need for a build-up or anticipation. If I may be cliché, you get to your destination, but there’s no journey.

    Cheers sharing, and letting me share. If you’ve got a question, i’d be happy to answer

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  7. -Can you stimulate ASMR on command? If so, how do you trigger it?
    Somewhat, yes. I trigger it by seeking out specific sounds and focusing on them. I can also trigger it by focusing on certain thoughts or memories to varying degrees of success.

    -Does it ever happen spontaneously/randomly?
    yes. Usually when i’m in a very relaxed environment. Sometimes I watch ASMR videos just to relax not specifically for the tingles, but the tingles will start on their own.

    -Do you consider this meditation or something else?
    Not meditation really. I never really thought about it. It has always just happened, and I never thought twice about since I thought it was normal.

    -Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?
    yes. atmosphere is important. I need to be at least somewhat comfortable.

    -How is the sensation similar or different from ASMR triggered by a video or by a real world stimulus?
    They are mostly the same. The physical tingles are stronger with video, though.

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  8. I can trigger it whenever i want by focusing my mind to my nervous system , i can focus it to specific area in my body too , it flows like mild electrical waves in my body , i feel a little bit relaxed after trigger it , i can increase my heart rate by doing it .there is some differents with asmr triggered by outside stimulus , when i triggered it by myself , i rarely feel shiver , goosebumps , tingles on my skin , etc. But when i triggered it by my self while some unpredictable random outside stimulus gettin me, any emotional impact is multiplied , sorry for my english .

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  9. I can stimulate what is being described here at will, whenever I want for pretty much as long as I want. I never realized this was odd until I learned of the ASMR term. This “feeling” is not triggered by outside sources. That is, listening to people whisper doesn’t do anything for me. I can trigger it as a whole body sensation or focus it on particular parts. I’ve often wondered if this would have effects on external sources. Has there been any research into ASMR’s effects on the surroundings?

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  10. My ASMR is rarely triggered by outside events, when it does it’s typically things like deep rolling thunder (deep enough to *feel,* not just hear), and other spiritual events including specific Buddhist intonations, and deep interpersonal intimacy. Yes, I do consider powerful storms and interpersonal intimacy as often spiritual in nature, amongst other things.

    However, I can frequently and easily trigger it consciously with focused thought. I would describe it best as building a wave up, then releasing it as it peaks, then riding it until it subsides.

    The more uncomfortable I am in a situation, the harder it becomes, and there have been a few periods of my life (for 6+ months at a time) where I have been unable to at all, coinciding with extensive personal stress.

    Ironically, every popular ASMR producing video or recording I have seen has made me feel “flat,” and unable to invoke ASMR.

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  11. I’ve always been able to trigger it instantly. It becomes less intense after 10 or so ‘goes’ in succession, then later, if I do it again it is back to being ‘deeper’ and more intense. I’ve only found about the term ‘ASMR’ today! I’ve never really thought about discussing it or researching it, just enjoying it; like having a secret superpower! I can’t begin to explain how I do it, I just can. There’s definitely some biological response going on, I’ve just laid down on my front to continue typing, and my change in body position, particularly the neck, has diminished the effect. My favourite time is when driving. A lovely tingle starting in the back of the neck, washing into the head and down the spine and sometimes as far as the upper legs.

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  12. If I think enough about the sound of whispers in my ear, I can trigger ASMR a bit. It’s not as intense as actual stimulation. I can imagine a hand caressing my back and get a similar result. I do have the strange ability since childhood to alter my equilibrium through meditative focus, which makes me feel like I’m riding a small Ferris wheel. It is never achieved through external stimulus.

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  13. I can trigger it on my own. Just by focusing and thinking about it I can make myself feel it. Although it really doesn’t happen very frequently for me spontaneously.

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  14. I cannot trigger my ASMR on command. I can provide an ‘atmosphere’ conducive to experiencing ASMR but it is still, at its core, random/spontaneous.

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  15. Can you stimulate ASMR on command? If so, how do you trigger it?
    Yep. Brushing my hair or listening to certain pieces of classical music. Better yet, THINKING about brushing my hair or listening to certain pieces of classical music can trigger minor versions of it. Show up at my door with a hairbrush and a can-do attitude…forget about it, I’m in love with you forever 🙂

    Does it ever happen spontaneously/randomly?
    No

    Do you consider this meditation or something else?
    I hadn’t considered that, but it is entirely likely.

    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference?
    No

    How is the sensation similar or different from ASMR triggered by a video or by a real world stimulus?
    Pretty much the exact same. Stimuli are pretty specific. The whispering thing and the rustling of paper thing never triggered me in the slightest, which I think is what you mean by videos. I’ve watched some, and nothing.

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  16. ASMR is fleeting for me. If I think about the concept of tingles and ASMR too much, I get out of the “zone” and I can no longer experience them. Hence, I can’t feel ASMR on command. I start watching ASMR videos to feel relaxed, and usually a few spontaneous tingles will hit me during the video.

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  17. I can’t trigger ASMR on demand. However, over the years I’ve learned to recognise when I’m in a certain state that is very likely to result in ASMR if I seek out some triggers.

    By ‘certain state’ I mean that I’m feeling really relaxed and my body temperature is a little colder than it should be. It also helps if I’m already feeling really sleepy and my mind is calm. As I’ve been writing about ASMR a lot recently I find if I’m too alert, I start thinking too much about the tingles and that’s a sure way to scare them off!

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  18. 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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  19. 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.

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