I have had little time to write, due to uni and life. Neither of those things are interesting so I want to talk about ASMR.
ASMR stands for ‘Autonomous sensory meridian response’. Wikipedia says ‘(ASMR) is a neologism for a perceptual phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli. The nature and classification of the ASMR phenomenon is controversial. Tom Stafford, a professor at the University of Sheffield, says, “It might well be a real thing, but it’s inherently difficult to research.” ‘
I would explain ASMR as a series of relaxing noises, speech patterns and general sound triggers that cause a nice feeling, I think most people experience it when having there hair brushed by someone else.
Triggers include –
Crinkling of wrapping
Tapping (on things like plastic)
Positive Affirmation (people saying nice things)
Gum Chewing (I hate that one)
General Relaxing Music/Sounds (like the ones you get on CDS)
Unfamiliar accents or speech patterns
Not all of these work for everyone and there are different ways of delivering ASMR. Most commonly I have found going through objects and examining them, specialised videos for one noise or role-play. No it’s not rude.
ASMR role-play is my favourite kind, normally at a spa or something. It gives you the feeling of having been to one without going. I am at the point where I listen to ASMR videos every night to sleep, I find them very relaxing and a good way to take time for yourself.
My favourite ASMR artist on youtube is TheOneLilium. Her videos can differ a lot from each other and some can be experimental so I recommend you start with the following –
‘Think Pink’ is a video of triggers
This is my favourite ASMR video of all time
If role-play or spa’s are not your thing she has plenty of other videos as well as other artists. Although I don’t think this video is full of triggers it is very unique
- ASMR Video of the Week II (tranquilitytingles.wordpress.com)
- Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response: The relaxing phenomenon science doesn’t seem to care about (shultzscienceblog.wordpress.com)
- ASMR: The revolutionary form of natural stress relief (themadhippie.wordpress.com)