[Voices of ASMR] Can the ability to experience ASMR go away?

Based on your ASMR experiences…

Explain if your ability to experience ASMR has ever gone away, include details like:

  • Was it temporary or permanent?
  • How long did it take to return if it came back?
  • How often were you experiencing ASMR when it went away?
  • Do you think there was anything else that contributed to your ASMR going away besides frequency of ASMR?  (like medications, drugs, diet, stress, etc)
  • Have you figured out a method to minimize getting decreased ASMR?

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19 thoughts on “[Voices of ASMR] Can the ability to experience ASMR go away?

  1. In my experience, my ability to feel ASMR hasn’t gone away, however many of my triggers have been dulled. Before ASMR was public knowledge, and no one really had a term for the sensation, my ASMR was induced by the wand shop scene from Harry Potter. The way that Ollivander spoke to Harry so kindly and quietly, and mysteriously, would give those tingly feelings. As I rewatched that scene on youtube, over and over again, the feelings became weaker and weaker. So I’m not sure that ASMR can fully leave one’s mind, but certain triggers of mine have been dulled due to overuse.

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  2. Yes it can! At least, some changes may occur.
    Back when I was a kid, I used to experience ASMR frequently, with all kinds of daily and varied triggers. As I grew older, I lost this wonderful ability. It was so natural, now I have to listen to videos to feel the way I felt. Being triggered in my daily life is rare. It has been a progressive misfortune.
    Whose fault is it? I don’t think it’s due to depression nor anxiety: I suffer from that since I’m a little girl. But I think puberty has worsened it and brought other psychological problems with it. I think shut off from the world, so now it only comes inside me when I allow it to (basically when I decide to listen to videos).
    When I watch the videos, I have to be concentrated, in a way, because if I don’t, I feel relaxed but I don’t feel the triggers and the waves. It’s not complete. And it has to be quiet around me, otherwise anxiety takes the lead.

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  3. I imagine that the mind/body can become somewhat numbed to almost any sensation given enough external stimuli however in our experience, our immediate environment has a significant play in our readiness to experience ASMR. As an example, a quiet and dimly lit room provide a easier ASMR trigger than that of a brightly illuminated room filled with external ambiance.

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  4. So far, it has never ‘gone away’. After I learned that what I was experiencing was ASMR, I found that I can over-do it and become numb to triggers/videos that once worked pretty consistently. I haven’t noticed any other correlations.

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  5. If I watch too many ASMR videos of the same ASMRtist or with the same trigger genres (medical exams, massages), it will become increasingly difficult for me to experience the sensation. Often, if I discover a new trigger that I love and I decide to binge on the trigger (right now, it’s lid sounds), the tingles won’t be as strong after awhile and I will be in pursuit of a new trigger (or an old one that I haven’t visited in awhile).

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