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

  1. – In my case ASMR is permanent thing, but what can go away is response to particular trigger or video.
    – ASMR experience for mentioned triggers or videos can return after some time that differs for each video, trigger and number of times I have watched the video or trigger. (Mostly a few days or weeks)
    – I have noticed a pattern known in human brains which is getting used to frequently encountered stimuli.
    I have noticed that the brain slowly gets used to the trigger or memorizes particular ASMR video and the triggers. And doing so, the ASMR experience faints away until I forget the video or don’t listen (or watch) that given trigger for a while. Then it comes back and is the same as before.
    – I have figured out a method how to not loose ASMR experience for my favorite triggers and videos. I simply watch more videos and triggers so I can’t memorize them and get used to one of them. I also change the videos or triggers I feel like I am loosing the experience with.

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  2. Seems with intentional a tolerance sets in but recovers by abating.
    But there’s seems no pattern with spontaneous ones,
    e.g. a Bradenburg Concerto could play on the radio and Off I go!

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  3. No although i find it’s much less unpleasant as i age as a child asmr was thoroughly unpleasant to all audio stimulus but a identical sensation from affection has been consistently pleasant

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  4. I’ve experienced ASMR since I was about 12 (I’m 63 now), and, like most people, I had no idea it was an actual thing until recently. However, almost as soon as I learned about it, and watched some of the videos, I stopped experiencing it. My regular triggers didn’t work for me – I would almost feel tingles starting, but they never really occurred. I wondered if perhaps being aware of it somehow made me unable to experience it. It made me sad to think I might have lost it. Then it occurred to me that around the same time I discovered ASMR, I started taking Zoloft for depression. One of the well-known side effects of this medication is interfering with sexual response, and I realized that (I have to get a bit graphic here) being able to almost, but not quite, feel the ASMR tingles felt very much like almost, but not quite, experiencing orgasm. I decided to wean myself off Zoloft, and, lo and behold, both my sexual response and my ability to experience the tingles returned! So there may be something to the idea that antidepressants may have some effect on ASMR.

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