ASMR: What is This Tingling Sensation in My Head?

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The Unnamed Feeling…

When I was a young boy, I remember having these experiences where I would listen to the radio on the bed. I would have my head pressed right up against it as I lay there, taking in every word – to the point where it actually left deep grooves in the side of my head (they went away eventually, don’t worry).

I also clearly remember when I was about eight or so, sitting outside in the sun on the back porch, near the pool, listening to the old gardener we used to have years ago whistle while he worked. I was just so caught up in the moment, and had these intense tingling sensations just flow from my head.

This was the beginning of a life-long journey that would bring me to my most recent discoveries, and attempts to try to get behind the origin of this seemingly undocumented phenomenon – something that I had taken for granted for years, and hadn’t known if anyone else had ever had the same feeling.

I continued to have these sensations throughout my childhood, my teenage years, and in to adulthood. It was only in 2009 that I searched for something related for the first time online, even though I'd had the internet for years, and came across a forum where people were discussing this exact thing: a strange, but pleasurable feeling that felt like tingles in the head – which some described as akin to an orgasm or perhaps being on a high after recreational drug use. Some addicts who also experience these sensations claim it even rivals Ecstasy or “E” as far as the effects are concerned.

I naturally read through this two-part series of threads where people talked about it, and gave their opinions on what it was, and what caused it. Not only that but I began to search for other threads similar in topic, and also began to actively try and experience this sensation more and more often. One thing I did was to start collecting audio clips, watch video clips online, listen to the radio, and watch certain programs on TV that were dead certs – that is to say, guaranteed to create this head tingling sensation.

ASMR and Other Terms

I started to plan a blog, which I felt would be part of a pioneering effort in a niche which had up to that point been untapped – or so it seemed. It was early in 2010 that I finally unleashed The Unnamed Feeling blog upon the internet: a blog that is dedicated to news, commentary, theories, and the sharing of stories as regards my experiences with this phenomenon. This unexplained thing first became known as AIHO (Attention-Induced Head Orgasm), then AIE (Attention-Induced Euphoria) – for those looking for a less sexual approach, and also brought about several other acronyms like ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) – probably one of the more widely used, as well as others. Some casual or humourous terms for it include braingasms, headgasms, and WHS (Weird Head Sensation).

At the moment, there’s my blog, UNF, or The Unnamed Feeling, the ASMR Facebook Group, the ASMR Twitter page, YouTube channel as well as the ASMR Research and Support site and forums (check the sidebar for more sites that are added from time to time). These are all linked together in a network dedicated to sharing, discovering, researching, and explaining this seemingly uncommon phenomenon. Currently there are many who experience it worldwide - maybe some more frequently or intensely than others. One thing is for sure: most of us have haven’t met another experiencer in person; only via the internet.

"I remember when I was eight, sitting outside near the pool, listening to the old gardener whistle while he worked. I was just so caught up in the moment, and had these intense tingling sensations just flow from my head."

ASMR Triggers

So how do you know if you happen to experience ASMR? A number of causes or triggers are shared by people, which I will list here. If you happen to have anything in common with these, then you might be an ASMR "experiencer":

  • Listening to specific people talk (usually soft-spoken, well-spoken voices or lispers).
  • Listening to the radio or podcasts when these people are talking.
  • Watching certain TV programs, or YouTube videos, like instructional ones, infomercials, adverts, historical or factual programs.
  • People talking in a foreign or indigenous language, other than your own.
  • Getting tickled lightly, especially on the back or shoulders.
  • When someone strokes or plays with your hair softly.
  • Having your hair washed and cut at a salon.
  • When you listen to certain soft or distant, and usually repetitive, sounds like a bouncing tennis ball, trickling water, or construction noises like tapping hammers.
  • Listening to certain types of music – perhaps ambient or industrial, for instance, or songs with soft lyrics.
  • Watching someone draw a picture, paint, or build something, perhaps like a sculpture or even a card tower.
  • Watching someone write.
  • Someone drawing on your body.
  • People reading a newspaper over your shoulder.
  • People looking for something in their handbags.
  • Someone doing something very slowly and carefully.
  • People working at computers; perhaps the sound of keys being tapped or the click of a mouse.
  • Listening to someone chew gum.
  • Someone using sign language, or signing.
  • People whispering.
  • Listening to elderly people talk – the slow, methodical way they speak.
  • Listening to strangers talk, rather than family or friends and more well-known individuals in one’s life.
  • From reading various pieces of reading material.
  • Someone showing you how to do something.
  • Someone clipping their nails or using a nail file.

Some sceptics claim that ASMR is nothing more than goosebumps.
Some sceptics claim that ASMR is nothing more than goosebumps. | Source

Possible Symptoms and Side Effects

Symptoms or side effects that might occur after or during the sensation which might be caused by one or several of the above triggers, and experienced by only some of the ASMR population, include:

  • A headache (usually just a slight one however).
  • Slight nausea.
  • Tiredness – probably due to the relaxing effects of the event.
  • Watering eyes at the conclusion of an event, probably because it ended!
  • Numbness in the fingers, reported by some.
  • Seeing visions and funny symbols, especially when eyes are closed.
  • Sadness or irritability when the event ends, with people claiming they “don’t want it to end”.
  • Temporary loss of motor functions or bodily control, such as not being able to form a tight fist.

Type A and Type B ASMR

One can also further divide ASMR in to two groups:

Type A: consciously controlled trigger of an ASMR event.
Type B: uncontrolled or externally triggered ASMR event.

Type A would refer to an activity such as meditation, where the person is alone, with nobody else around and no distractions, either. They can make the sensation occur at will, just using the mind. They don't rely on external stimuli.

Type B refers to watching TV, listening to the radio, or someone speak, or being physically touched. This is what is meant by external factors that trigger ASMR. It involves the senses. Type B ASMR Experiencers may rely solely on one sense during an ASMR event, or may use two or more at the same time, such as sight and hearing.

Some claim that Type B is the more common one as it is perhaps easier to trigger, and may result in longer, more sustained events. Another thing that I’ve noticed is that external triggers are much more likely to enhance, or act as a boost to an all ready existing event. Even climate effects such as the cold could add to the overall experience. Stroking the skin on one’s arm while an ASMR event takes place also acts as an “enhancer”.

With these Type B triggers, sometimes repetition of the trigger or playing a video our sound clip on a loop can increase the sensation drastically. It’s not unusual however to become immune or used to a trigger after a while. It’s like you build up a tolerance level or become bored with that sample, and this is when people start to seek out more and more things that will create the sensation, often searching for the ultimate in triggers. Sometimes one can not only build up a tolerance to certain triggers, but might also stop experiencing ASMR altogether, temporarily. It usually resumes after taking a break for a while.

Type B experiencers might be able to experience Type A ASMR, and can train themselves to do so. Just by thinking back to past events which triggered ASMR, or imagining someone talking, perhaps a reliable inducer (one who is able to trigger this response).

Potential Uses for ASMR

  • ASMR is used by people who suffer from insomnia to help induce sleep.
  • It is used by people suffering from stress as stress relief or a mood enhancer.
  • It can potentially be used as a form of alternative medicine, such as a natural painkiller. People who experience ASMR have noted that inducing ASMR helps them get rid of headaches and migraines, for example.

Theories and Public Reaction

Some mistake this sensation for heebie-jeebies, chills, goose bumps or pins and needles. But these are all usually associated with generally negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, pain, or just being cold.

ASMR is generally experienced as a positive feeling, which usually results in bouts of euphoria, with varying degrees of intensity, often described as being similar to a tide sweeping in. It can fade in and out, or can be a more constant feeling all over the cranium, spreading to various other body parts on occasion. Naturally, seeing as this sensation seems to originate at the head, it’s quite something if it can reach all the way down to the legs or even the feet! That would constitute a major event, especially if it’s a whole body sensation.

Not everyone reportedly experiences these tingling sensations in the head and neck region however. Others claim that they experience negative feelings or sensations, even pain from being exposed to certain triggers, and it has been suggested that an underlying condition such as misophonia might be involved.

Indeed it is a topic that not everyone understands – with people who experience it often feeling alone, isolated, and misunderstood. Perhaps they are even regarded as a freak or an outcast, particularly if the subject is brought up with someone who doesn’t experience it. I’ve only brought up the subject with a few people in my entire life, and was met with either confusion or indifference most of the time. And I’ve read many other stories where people reacted in much the same matter, even recommending the poor fellow’s committal in one instance!

Generally speaking it seems to be something linked to people with certain personality traits. Usually people who experience it are gentle in nature, perhaps spiritual, deep, introspective, and maybe even introverted. Creative or predominantly right-brained individuals might also be more prone to experiencing it. This is because quite a few people who tend to exhibit the symptoms happen to be artists or musicians. This might just be coincidence though. I personally am half-half: half logical (left brained) and half creative (right brained). Dr Ane Axeford, a clinical hypnotist, suggests that people who experience ASMR are HSPs (Highly Sensitive Person), or are more likely to be HSPs. She claims that the typical personality of experiencers is indicative of this. She goes further to say that we are more susceptible to hypnotism. Indeed, there has been some speculation that the psychological effects experienced are akin to a light form of hypnosis.

It seems to occur less and less as one gets older however, with people reporting more intense and/or frequent ASMR events in their youth. There’s been much debate over whether ASMR is hereditary. Some are able to support this theory, claiming that several members of their immediate families experience it. It has even been suggested that ASMR is a reward system passed down through generations.

Some speculate that it is an evolutionary grooming response, and this is partly supported by the fact that watching makeup videos and hair-brushing videos on YouTube is popular among many experiencers. That and going to the salon and having one’s hair cut and washed, or even just someone playing with your hair, can trigger this response.

It is not known whether there have been scientific or medical studies on this subject, or if there are proper terms for it. I’ve even spoken to doctors, in real life and online, and even though some of them might actively experience this, I’ve had word from one that there may well not be much official research put into this – mainly because it’s hard to explain, and not a pathology, like a disease such as cancer. This seems to mean that it’s not as “important”.

There have been several theories or opinions, such as a physical consciousness of a serotonin release in the brain, or even endorphins. What this means is that you can actually “feel” the chemicals being released. Serotonin is thought to possibly be the precursor to ASMR, and responsible for the feelings of well-being. Torsten Wiedemann, ethnobotanist and member of the ASMR research team, who first put forward the serotonin hypothesis, also supports the belief that ASMR is non-sexual, seeing as he thinks dopamine, which is a chemical released in the brain, brought on by feelings of arousal among other things, is the anti-ASMR chemical, stopping ASMR from taking place.

Others include narcolepsy – a tendency to fall asleep in relaxed situations. Some people who experience tingles have been diagnosed with this condition. Whether this is coincidence or not is unknown. It seems as though a lot of people, particularly those who suffer from insomnia, use trigger videos to help them sleep. Some even think that ASMR is linked to insomnia.

There's ESP (extrasensory perception), or another controversial one is that the subjects are Indigo Children - evolved or evolving human beings.

Another suggests that it is a synaesthesia, where one sense or part of the body is stimulated, such as the eyes (sight), skin and scalp (touch), ears (hearing), and less commonly smell and taste, and another sense or part of the body is stimulated. Others deny this, however, and say that synaesthesia has more to do with colours. However, there are different types of synaesthesia, and at least one of them reportedly involves tingling sensations being experienced.

There’s a highly controversial theory that suggests that ASMR is in fact frisson or cold chills; musical chills. Some research has been conducted on frisson, and after reading through a study on this, I came across something that the two do seem to have in common – the fact that they both invoke some sort of physical and psychological effects. Frisson does result in flexing of the hair follicles, which is possibly the tingling sensation experienced in both ASMR and frisson. However, that is where the similarities end. ASMR and frisson responses are generated by different triggers, and have different physical and psychological effects. ASMR results in a relaxed state of mind, whereas frisson often makes a person excited.

And then another theory suggests that it’s drug-induced, or that drugs might increase the overall intensity of it. Some drugs like SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), which are often prescribed for depression, are thought to lead to ASMR immunity, with alcohol possibly having the same effect.

Naysayers and unsupportive types have suggested it’s something negative and more serious, like an issue with the brain such as a tumour or cancer, or they just label it as a fetish of sorts. But the most hurtful is suggesting that it doesn't even exist.

That is why we have this network I mentioned earlier, as well as a small core team, of which I am a member. The aim is to research this phenomenon and document it, all the while creating a community for those who wish to communicate with others who experience ASMR. We are also very partial to sharing our personal stories related to the topic and ASMR experiences with other members. The community could still be regarded as small but growing, and consists of different individuals that can ironically be grouped into a few different classes:

You have your ASMR experiencers, your non-ASMR experiencers who still support the group, and lastly voyeurs. This last group is basically an inside joke in the group, which really refers to people who are interested in the topic and all, and will join in but probably don’t experience it at all, or support much; people who just find the subject fascinating. Not that we really mind that much though.

So if you are tired of feeling alone, sick of being accused of being weird, and want to be part of the community, then don’t hesitate to visit the websites I have listed here that deal with this subject.

"A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?"

— Albert Einstein

Do you get this head tingling sensation?

  • Yes! All the time!
  • Sometimes.
  • No. But I know what it is.
  • I don't know what you're on about...
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Jennifer 7 months ago

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Jennifer 8 months ago

Great summary for us newbies!

As far as I remember I've experienced these sensations since I was a little kid but I never knew that it wasn't just me being weird when a friend of mine mentioned experiencing something similar. Googled around and finally found out what it's called!

What triggers it for me is usually something like someone typing on a keyboard or the popping of bubble wrap or the crackling sounds of tin foil like in this video: https://youtu.be/uEtPs1AtxBI

I wander what I other triggers I will find now that I can actively look for them :)


Jenna 14 months ago

Thank you for the information!

Until a few years ago I thought I was the only one who experienced this, since then I have discovered the asmr/whisper community on youtube and my eyes have been opened up to the tons of people who share this feeling.

In the past few days I have watched the web, the best ASMR I think is Duff the psych:

https://www.youtube.com/user/JustAWhisperingGuy

And the best way for me to find my trigger was to go through a list of them:

http://discoverasmr.com/what-is-asmr/asmr-triggers...

I really hope more people start making these videos!


Hasna Ali 15 months ago

OMG this is so cool.. I haven't really spoke to anyone about this feeling because I really thought I was extremely weird.. A few things that really make me relaxed, tired, calm and sleepy are;

. Watch someone clean / the sound of cleaning (like moving objects around)

. Watch someone make something out of paper / folding a tissue, plastic bag etc ..

. Someone drawing on my body especially my arms

. Watch someone focusing on a certain, like drawing for instance

Wow, this is crazy! To have people out there feel the same :D


bkalif 18 months ago

OMG! I just recently discovered the term ASMR! I've experienced this as long as I can remember. Listening to people talk in a foreign language makes my head tinkle, watching craftsmen work (especially something calm, like watchmaking), watching people sorting papers, writing, typing on a computer, having my hair cut -- I genuinely thought that I was just a weirdo and I never mentioned it to anybody -- until now, when I discovered that I'm not alone! Thank God for the Internet.


oxygen3 2 years ago

I've experienced something like this for as long as I can remember. It used to be caused by my being excited about something, but now I can trigger it whenever I want. I imagine it's a pinched nerve or something. I'll be seeing a neurologist in a few weeks; hopefully I'll get some answers.


Leslie 2 years ago

I think the serotonin theory has some weight behind it, but with the absorption rather than the release of it.

I've experienced ASMR for going on 20 years (that I can recall), but within a week of starting an SSRI (Sertraline) I have lost the ability to experience the sensation. I'm not sure if this is a permanent side effect, or one that will subside when I become accustomed to the medication, but I know it's one I don't like.


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Kelly Bryant 2 years ago from Herington, Kansas

its no bad thing i think of it as a gift from god it can ease your sole at the peek of depression pick you up and energize your spirit or just plain just make you feel good ive had this sensation since i was a child in the 1970s and believe me it helps im guessing everyone at some point in there life has had this feeling but just dont talk about also in my openion it Colombians body spirit and sound to creat this tingling sensation but i only have it when i listen to music


Sarah 2 years ago

Hi,

I don't know if I have this. At first I was sure but once I passed the triggers list I wasn't so sure anymore. Usually my triggers are with people touching me on my back, neck, shoulders and ears area. Though most common trigger with me is warmth. Especially if I take a warm shower while its freezing outside or I am hugged by someone who is really warm while I'm really cold. I know that I have experiencing this from a young age (I'm 15) I remember telling my patents about how my brain feel like its growing, and it's tingly or how it's running down my spine. It still happens but less often since the triggers come across less often. Another trigger is watching something very emotional happen or being a part of something very emotional, or even music with a deep base and an amazing sound turned up in my head phones. Is this considered ASMR? Or is it something else. I have been wondering about it for most of my life. I asked friends and most didn't understand what I was trying to describe. My mom is in the medical field and she didn't know anything about it either. When I trie to search it up online previous times, my searches were too vague and general since I knew too little about it.


ASMR Conventions 2 years ago

Hi ASMR fans,

How would you guys like to meet some of the ASMRtists in-person? Wouldn’t it be rad to see a live ASMR session happen?

Please check out and like on Facebook “ASMR Conventions”. There is more info on that page. I already have some ASMRtists that are already on-board with the idea of having a convention.

“If you build it, they will come”.


Samantha Burns 2 years ago

Well I've never experienced this before, but I find this all to be very interesting. I have to keep reminding myself that I haven't heard of everything out there. I first heard of it from a guy that I work with. He asked me if I'd ever heard of it before and I said no. Then I asked him what it was and he said it's kinda a long story. So I decided to look it up. All of your stories are helping me understand. But now I'm even more curious as to if the guy I work with experiences asmr. A lot of people mentioned Bob Ross painting videos found on youtube. I looked those up and also found more comments about asmr. I wonder if i'll ever experience it...


samborino 2 years ago

@anthony people explaining something while they are sitting beside me is my main trigger, it happens more with women than men but if a man is soft spoken it has the same effect. So yes that is my main trigger as well


chipmunk 2 years ago

I get tingles and I can get them when I'm angry as well. But I have found out another way I get them, I am a reguolar at the gym and sometimes I will stretch a muscle (e.g. ankle muscle) and I will get a tinge of pain. When this happens I get a strong short surge of tingles afterwards. :)


monkowlish 2 years ago

I have had this for 25 years!

I get it someone else touches anything belonging to me (weird right?)


Bunny Jean 2 years ago

I actually found the ASMR videos to be quite annoying. After a couple of minutes of "trying" to hear, I moved on. My brain did not tingle at all. The ladies who did videos on Mahjong were very irritating. Being a bottom line type of person, I was wondering what was their purpose?


Wicked Fetch 2 years ago

I'm opening a spa this spring and I'll be offering ASMR services with Facials!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjp23mQuuZc&feature...


Dom 2 years ago

I have started experiencing this since I turned 18. I am now 20 and every time I study calculus the tingles begin. It feels as if it is in the scalp area but it is actually beneath which makes me believe it's happening in the dura. The dura is the outer membrane of the brain which is the only area in your brain that has nerves for feeling. More than likely a trigger makes your brain activate several regions of the brain at once and creates more blood flow. The blood flow will produce swelling and the brain will begin pressing on the dura in a pulsating manor. This will surely account for the sensations I'm having in the back portion of my head


khan 2 years ago

i dicoverd this feeling in 10th grade. when i was playing a game on my mobile. after that i felt so relaxed that both sides of my head were tingling.Also i was able to concentrate on my studies better. what i used to do in 2 hours i did that in 10 minutes. believe it or not my mother is my witness. but sadly i haven't got that feeling again since that day. not as strong as that one


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GeneralTHC 2 years ago

Wow! First time I ever searched for this and I found it right off the bat.

Yeah, I experience this, too. I have experienced it my entire life. I've never talked with anyone about this. It's very hard to explain. I would NOT describe it as tingling or orgasm-like--frankly it's like nothing else. It's just a pleasant sensation. I guess I experience it in my back and neck area, but it's just a very pleasant feeling in general . It's not sexual or anything like that. I never know when it's going happen, though. And it certainly can't be forced or depended upon, though I have learned to control it a bit. I think I first experienced it and most often experience it while I'm listening to someone talk. Can't be just anyone, though. It's just a very strange thing. I'm glad others experience it because I could never explain it. Though I have experienced it many situations. Watching someone draw or paint has brought it on. But you never know what's going to bring it on. A brief touch has brought it on, like a cashier handing me back my change. Once it's triggered I can keep it going for a quite a while even when the trigger is gone. It's a very, very weird thing, and I know this sounds nuts. It's not an intense feeling it all. I have to be very still and quite or it's easily lost. Whatever it is, it's nice. I think it's like being slightly hypnotized or mesmerized or something. Don't know what it is or really how to explain it, but I know we're talking about the same thing.

Now something else I've always wondered, too. I also get another feeling that I can't explain. I can just say it's the exact opposite. It's bad, very bad. I've also experienced it my entire life. I don't need any one else to trigger it. Usually a thought will bring it on. It's just a sensation of emptiness, like I'm in the wrong place or something. It's very awful. You ever heard of that?


TheConfusedGuy 2 years ago

I don't know if this is even ASMR, I don't get the feeling with ANY of the "causes" but when I listen to techo, dubstep, hardstyle, cool raps, the music you hear when you see people charging into battle in a movie, motivational epic speeches and such, not soft sounds at all, can someone please identify what this is?


Anthony 2 years ago

It triggers most often for me when someone is explaining something to me in person. Simply that. It is usually when I am stationed and not up and walking around. It also helps if there is something visual that they are explaining such as pointing to something on the computer that they are talking about, or using their hands to explain a thought.

I wonder if this is anyone else's main trigger?


Anthony 2 years ago

You act like people are so judgmental of the feeling you experience. Regardless of people's reactions, you should always feel maximumly blessed because it is an absolutely euphoric feeling that I yearn to feel more often. I don't like the part about the less occurrence as you get older, because I feel like it may be true. I'm just hoping it's not and we can understand this phenomenon better and trigger it consciously. Those "Type As" are so lucky! :)


Anon 2 years ago

I don't know if this is linked to having misophonia, which I suffer with. Basically certain sounds like someone eating loudly can send me over the edge with extreme rage! On the other hand, I love listening to a hoover sound and certain accents on youtube. I just get a happy feeling almost like you do when you get good goosebumps. I'm glad to find out I'm not weird haha ;)


angela.. .. 2 years ago

when i get hair cut my back begins to tingle.. it's strange, the cause is the sound of the scissors..


Wat 2 years ago

I usually get this feeling from watching instructional videos, especially ones made by old ladies ^_^


Miss Marie 2 years ago

I absolutely love this feeling. I thought I was just weird for loving to watch guys work, but now I understand that it's just ASMR! I am totally going to binge watch them at work tomorrow :)


anonymous 2 years ago

I first discovered this about 2 years ago in a darker time of my life. Whenever I was sad, which was pretty much all the time, I found that if I focused right, I could feel it start about where the spine meets with the neck on the back of your head. It felt like a brain orgasm but I also as well felt a very strong energy around me but in a way that it felt like I was releasing this energy from my body. I've always had this inconsolable unearthly rage inside me and I think it's a way to release bad energies in your body. Because I'd find that after I focused and released this energy I felt optimistic, somewhat happy, and adventurous. I think that's all it is. With practice you can release chemical endorphins into the brain or expel bad emotions. Something of the sort. You would know it if it happened because for me every time the sensation started where my shoulders meet the back of my neck and it is an intense cold chill feeling at first that gradually disspiates and relaxes you throughout your back as it ends. But its all under your control, I can do it whenever I want, even today if I just concentrate on it. It was a complete accidental discovery though.


EccentricMangoe 2 years ago

I love that feeling so much. To me it usually happens when someone arranges something like in first grade we everyday we had to mess up the alphabet then someone would put it together i would watch them hypnotically and i would feel like crying when its over and now i know what this is! it is so amazing that i am lucky enough to get this feeling alot. ilove it.

it happens when.

someone is doing puzzles or aranging something

listening to someone soft-spoken

and so much more i cant seem to describe.


Anon 2 years ago

I've always wondered what this was, this tingling in my scalp, the goosebumps and then chills going down my spine. I always get this feeling when ever i listen to metallica, or iron maiden. I dont really start feeling the effect till the guitar solos. Just the sound of that high squeal coming from the guitar makes my skin tingle all over. my main songs that i listen to, that cause these effects are songs like Metallica - Fade to Black or Iron Maiden Wasted Years. These two songs are amazing. I also love a sound of crinkling of potato chip bags, and i Love people playing with my hair


Quinzel 2 years ago

I had always wondered what this was, if I was alone experiencing it or not. It's nice to know there are others. I get the rush from people braiding or styling my hair. Best of all from my four-year-old niece with tiny, clumsy hands; always wanting to practice braiding on my long hair. I've never done drugs because I'm allergic or resistant to most and I'm asexual so sex does nothing compared to the sensation ASMR gives me. I must wonder, is asexuality common among those with ASMR? Perhaps there is a connection. Thank you for the article though. It was quite informative.


TallAfrican 2 years ago

I've had the hairfly example where I get tingling sensations as if a creature is twisting my hair. They are more annoying than pleasant

I've had the amazing head euphoria one only once, I was doing some ironing whilst listening to premier radio - UK, and I got this thing which felt like a head rush but started from the top of my scalp. It felt ice cold and made my knees weak. Lasted only a few seconds.

Some reading I've been doing said it might be related to pineal gland.

I can sometimes trigger manually a much lighter version when concentrating - I believe it has to do with a latent ability to control the release of chemicals in the brain. Glad I'm not the only one who has experienced it.


Ninjablossom 2 years ago

Glad I found this! I was trying to describe it to a friend and best I could come up with is - it's like flipping a bliss switch in my head! It's like runners high with out doing anything or the euphoric feeling when taking an e. I'm interested in people who don't get it from videos etc. I've found I can get it when watching trees blowing and clouds, I guess this is a kind of meditation but some music can bring it on. But no tingling for me, it's like a wave of warmth and the euphoria which when it lasts is like blissing out or buzzing and just calms down slowly - that's why I hate the term brain orgasam, it's a slower build and decline and not sexual - and it leaves a kind of content ness. Some days it feels triggered easily and others not at all so wonder if my mood effects it.... And I've noticed it so much more since I quit drinking. This is one of the more rounded articles I've read on this, thankyou!


adkdan 2 years ago

Well this is fascinating. I got here looking for validation/identification of the pleasant electrical sensation I have occasionally experienced upon (or really just before) awakening in the morning. So my experience of this very pleasant sensation seems physically similar to y'all's, but very different in several ways. I don't find anyone else who mentions it occurring upon waking up. I'm in my early 50's, and this only started happening to me a few years ago, and is very rare. But when it does, I don't want it to end, don't want to fully awaken which shuts it off. Also, I've experiences 'scalp tingling' akin to what someone else likened to a fly on top of the head, and that's a very different thing. This is inside the skull - it feels like synapses are just firing rapidly and randomly light a little lightning storm inside the skull. Resonate with anyone? - especially the part about upon awakening. I'd like to know if I've 'got' the same thing as others here.


Hairfly 2 years ago

For me it is a feeling as if a fly is on the top of my hair, fidgeting--I run my fingers over that area of my hair and there's nothing there. I can't describe it as a good or a bad sensation, just that it is there, but the more it happens, the more I worry that it might be something a doctor should check out. I am really amazed that so many people have the same sensation in varying degrees. The only thing that worries me is that it could be something that could develop into something malignant. This forum is somewhat reassuring.


Jennifer 2 years ago

I have ASMR too, as well as synesthesia. What's incredibly fascinating to me is that the majority of the posts I've seen across all the ASMR websites are spelled correctly. Makes me wonder if there are links in the brain that predispose us to certain characteristics. Any other comments posting site on the internet is RIFE with poor grammar and spelling mistakes. Coincidence?


Vik 2 years ago

I always have these and it's the most euphoric thing on earth, drugs and sex? crumbles next to it. i get it from music and music videos often ambient or intense . sometimes it's like waves of tingling energy across my scalp , other and much more intense are the ones that are like a feeling i'm having trouble describing, sort of like an orgasm that shoots between the end of your neck and back of your skull and rises ballooning upward and it freezes you up , happens usually at the climax of a musical piece and lasts few seconds and then you just fall apart and collapse in relaxation and just breathe heavily for a moment .i haven't discussed this feeling with anybody else because i've heard no outside mention of it until now , everybody has shivers from awe inspiring music and film but i haven't seen anybody just orgasm and collapse from it like me . i also have other bodily feelings from intense music and all of them are just wonderful ...just thought i'd share, i'm probably not coming back here again, if you want to contact me just email me on vga01@mail.aub.edu


Craig 2 years ago

I used to get these a lot when I was younger, not so much now, but I think the serotonin theory is most likely, in my late teens/early twenties I took a lot of ecstasy, and the feeling of 'coming up' on E was nearly identical to that of ASMR episodes, and of course the way ecstasy works is by releasing loads of serotonin into the brain.

I only get it nowadays from listening to very melodic and uplifting trance music (as in the form of electronic dance music). or if I'm getting intimate with a girl and she is whispering or breathing into my ear.


Deb 2 years ago

I have always had this! People playing with my hair since a child and these days anything from someone folding sheets delicately, a colleague filing invoices delicately and always softly spoken people on the phone!! I always thought everyone got this, fascinated that they done!


Million Shibru 2 years ago

i have been experiencing such feeling for a long time. it is so nice that i don't want it to go. i usually feel this when some shows me how to do something. but sometimes it happens even suddenly and i don't know the cause.


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shaggypete 2 years ago

Cool story, Adam! I have had this as long as I can remember. I still remember when I found this page - I remember where I was, what I had been doing, what chair I was sitting in. It was a life-changing moment for me, after 30+ years of searching. I have since discussed it with my family and found out BOTH of my parents and ALL THREE of my brothers have it as well! Each of us has different "main triggers".

Mom - French, Spanish, and playing with hair

Dad - Chewing in ear, typing on keyboard

Bro1 - uh, can't remember what he said

Me - Foreign accents, soft-spoken voices, meticulous work with hands

Bro2 - Documentaries

Bro3 - Telephone surveys

Haha, so cool.......

Here's my YT channel I started a while back - not popular at all, but it triggers some folks, so I keep doing it. I just want to "give back" and help where I can!

http://www.youtube.com/user/MisterASMR


Million 2 years ago

i have had this feeling when going by car on a bumpy road, when the heat of sun touches me on a cold day, when some people come near me, when someone does something as i see (i mean when i see them writing, speaking, drawing, ...). i usually wish that it would never go away but it always does.


adam 3 years ago

This is crazy! As a child, it would ALWAYS happen, out of nowhere, when I was in a store with my mom. It always involved her being at a makeup counter and me sitting there waiting, hearing the saleswoman talk in that relaxed, soothing tone that they are all prone to use ( Clinique make-up gals were the best! lol). All of a sudden, a tingling would start in the top of my head, and then a sensation that I can only describe as the equivalent of the sound " wahhhhhhhh" would start enveloping my entire body, this most pleasurable feeling rushing through my body. I would try to focus and make it stay. I didn't want it to end. Then, all of a sudden, I would feel it leaving ( maybe as a result of me trying to force it to stay), and I would "wake up" feeling so rested. While it was happening, I couldn't tale to anyone,as if I were in a trance. I also DIDN'T want to talk anyone, because I was afraid it would break the spell.

One day, I described it to my mom and she flipped out, exclaiming that it happened to her, too, and that she had asked her whole family since her childhood if they, too, had it. She had asked my dad when they met, and apparently, I was the only other person to experience it. We took it as another example of our closeness and started calling it the "brain shivers". We would leave a store, usually a makeup counter, and i would say " Did you just feel what I did?" and the majority of the time, she'd say " OMG. I was wondering if you were feeling it, too. She was talking to me and I could barely answer her of pay attention to what she was saying because I was in this blissful trance". I've then ALWAYS wondered about other people experiencing it, and have googled different words many times to try to find something. Today, googling (scalp tingles, peaceful feeling triggered by voices) I finally found this page. Yay! So glad to meet you all and to learn more about this! It is, without a doubt, the best feeling I've ever had in my life. Better than sex.


Stacy Hoffman 3 years ago

I can't believe this! I thought I was the only one that experienced this! My triggers are hearing someone clean, shuffle papers, write on chalkboard, hair cuts, manicures, getting my makeup done, eye exams. As soon as I hear or experience these things, I am immediately in a trance-like state that I don't want to end. I've been using make up tutorials on Youtube as to put me to sleep for months now and just happened to stubble across an ASMR video. Now I know I'm not the only one. CRAZY!!!!


3 years ago

Bob Ross painting videos are almost guaranteed to trigger a sensation. But I have to be careful because it can become addicting.


Phil 3 years ago

So I'm not crazy then. I only came across this as i have waking lucid dreams (Hypngogia) and thought what the hell. It is awesome!!! It can be a persons mannerisms and voice. I have a girl at work like this and i make her fill out all the figures maticulously and slowly and use a calculator (I can't watch her, it has to be in my peripheral view for some reason) and my brain is fizzling like sherbet and can go down my spine or work its way up. I've lost my hair now but i forgot hair ace the hairdresser was too. It really needs to be random movement/sound though. I can make it happen on its own but it's about a tenth of the feeling. I've never mentioned it to anyone before.


3 years ago

I have had this wonderful experience since I was a child. However, I admit that I often forget about this phenomenon until I get an unexpected sensation. When these unexpected sensations occur, without a doubt, it becomes the best part of my day and I try to maintain the sensation as long as possible. Since the feeling often comes on when I don't expect it, I am sometimes too busy to sustain the sensation. But if I am able to push off whatever I am doing for a few minutes, I almost always stop what I am doing to enjoy the sensation. Similar to other posts, my experience is often triggered from an elderly employee who likes to talk and has a slow, soft delivery. There is an employee at my work who fits this characteristic. It is sort of funny that most people avoid talking to him because he is so long winded. But for me, it is an entirely different experience. Other employees have asked me how I can stand talking to him for so long. Instead of tell them about the sensation, I tell them that I am intrigued about his life experiences. Overall, these experiences have been a wonderful surprise at random occurrences throughout my life. ....and on some occasions, I receive a sensation when I am highly annoyed at either a person or event. It is strange how I can go from highly annoyed and wanting something to stop to being highly stimulating and not wanting the situation to end. Of all my experience with this phenomenon, I find this portion to be the most vexing. Anyone else experience an event that went from neurosis to enjoyment due to the onset of ASMR?


Maelstrom 3 years ago

Ultimate youtube ASMR trigger: JUST INCREDIBLE http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedd...


Denise Plunk 3 years ago

I was very happy to discover this page and the fact that I am not the only person with this head sensation. For me however, it happens when I see something out of proportion, mainly people with a birth defect, or some sort of deformity. My head goes wild. Just now I was looking at the "face swap app" and when I saw the weird face swaps, the sensation escalated.


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The Blagsmith 3 years ago from Britain

Once upon a time I was extremely apathetic until we moved to Japan with my wife (who is Japanese) and experienced the large earthquake that triggered the huge tsunami there. After I returned I found I would react easily to emotional things. I would cry if something was sad and I would feel delighted for someone or something if something was great. During the apathy these things would have washed over me.

After returning to England with the children after the British Government evacuated us I have since suffered from Diverticulitis and now have Degenerative disc disorder - believed to have been triggered from the weakness of my stomach muscles during the diverticulitis operation. Then I started getting migraines which were triggered from high blood pressure from which I now receive medication. Since that last diagnosis I have felt an occasional tingling down the left side of my head which spontaneously occurs - even during relaxing moments.

I believed that they could have been related to the hypertension but I then remembered a long time ago I once used to listen to subliminal tapes with music that would talk me through the ability to calm my body by imagining a scenic paradise. This meant I used to voluntarily induce a tingling that I would genuinely feel throughout my body. As I was writing this comment I also feel the tingling. So I can only deduce that the tingling is a response to high emotional states whether as an involuntary response or self-induced.


Dawn 3 years ago

I'm so glad I found this! I definitely am a ASMR experiencer. Before I found this, I thought I was one of the fewest people who had this kind of issue. I never shared it with anybody until I saw a lot of these people who share the same symptom!


Shane 3 years ago

:) I can do this at will as well as having various external triggers, I use it to relax/de-stress..... I've always thought of it as releasing some kind of a brain chemical ..... this is the first webpage where I've read about others experiencing similar sensations...... Cool :)

I have tried to describe this to friends and always got a "your a bit weird" response each time!


Ramolis 3 years ago

I have quite a bit of experience with this feeling, and may have some valuable insight.

The first time I can recall having this feeling was in church in my teens. I attributed it to a religious sensation, and would try to have the feeling during the praise songs each week. Sometimes the experience would be almost overwhelming, like waves washing over me. As I experienced the feeling more, it became easier to trigger, and I started to have it more, and outside of church.

Having played a lot of sports growing up, psyching myself up before a big game, because an every week activity. I started to notice considerable athletic improvement when psyching myself up, and with practice could learn to trigger adrenaline when desired.

I began to learn that by focusing my mind on the thoughts that triggered the tingling sensation I could cause it at will. I found the process much like psyching myself up for sports, though the trigging thoughts were different. I do quite enjoy the feeling and have spent a lot of time practicing triggering it. In fact to some extent I can project the feeling to other parts of my body, and when doing so that part of the body will show bumps.

I no longer believe the experience to be religious in nature (though I do think many people believe it is). I think this filling is a normal triggered emotional response, that like many emotions can be triggered, with practice.


Steve 3 years ago

Watch the joy of painting with Bob Ross does it every time for me and also you learn about painting


caramattson 3 years ago

wow. I always just assumed most people did this....until the other day when my 14 year old son approached me about it and I explained that it was just a thing.....and my husband thought I was crazy. So my son and I both do it....he while listening to speakers at school....myself mostly while listening to soft speakers on the telephone...which I do a lot for my work. Glad I googled this and found your page. It will be nice to let him read this. thanks.


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Chris Howery 3 years ago

Wow, crazy. I never really though about it. But all my life when I would experience just about all the "trigger" you listed I would tingle, and in some cases completely zone out. Sometimes I would kinda be upset when it was over, and in the extreme cases fell "hungover". I never knew what it was or never searched it out, but I have lost out on a lot of conversations from the tingle and zoning out. Great article and opened my eyes.


3 years ago

i didn't know this was called anything, i've never noticed other people reacting the same as me - i'm the type that goes into a sort of a helpless state, especially if my hair played with. but i experience this also when someone reads out loud with the book in their hand, turning the pages - the whole thing. also whispering, soft voices, gum popping, being in the library when books are handled, key typing (if I'm not doing it.) nice to know i'm not alone!


scram 3 years ago

When I watch someone brushing someone else's hair, my head and back tingles. How weird! Thanks This American Life


oopsidoo 3 years ago

OMG! There is a name for this? My trigger is watching people slowly perform things like wrapping a gift, slowly read things outloud in a soft voice. It can be so random and I have never tried to make it happen. One time, when I was a child, I became so transfixed on this woman wrapping a christmans gift that I wouldn't move. I was literally fixated with my head just paralyzed. I loved the feeling. It doesn't happen so often now. But when it does, it is very mild.

One funny thing that triggers this, is listening to my chickens clucking! they are soft and sweet sounds that are so reassuring. I just love it.


sasha 3 years ago

Can't believe I'm just finding this now! I've always called the sensation 'bunnies', b/c it feels like a bunch of sof bunnies are being held to your face..... anyway, feels great that others know what I'm talking about.


MrGamma 3 years ago

People who are incapable of feeling it have anesthesia. I've found proper eating, especially the avoidance of large amounts of sugar and niccotene help bring me to a more spiritual and sensitive state. Anyway, you might enjoy http://www.asmrstudio.com/ Thank you for posting the television interviews, they are very interesting.


Guest29 3 years ago

The asmr you tube videos help me a lot dealing with anxiety and excessive worrying. Only a few minutes of a random video (i have no preference what's so ever, everything seems to work for me) help induce a state of calm and safety that lasts for days. I'm grateful that we live such amazing times when people share so much with each other, and where support and acceptance are available so easy.


Andrew 3 years ago

This happens to me when I take telephone surveys... O_o Totally thought I was all alone...


Johny 3 years ago

I thought im alone :O i get this feeling when person that clean computers comes to our company to do his job or when im at hairdresser, it feels so good ...


Aj 3 years ago

Honestly i thought this was simply a thing that was enduce by intimidation, fear or touch of others, good to know its not just something that i experience.


alicia 3 years ago

I have had this for as long as i can remember, i called it "fizzy head" i can induce it my self but i get it when i listen to uplifting music, i also can get this feeling in my butt, thighs, shoulders lower back and when its something really plesent the sensation starts at my head and shoots all the way down to my legs and the feeling that comes with it is "i feel so good to be alive" I have also had it when i am ill like with the flu and while meditating. I love it.


karly 3 years ago

I get this and no one I tried to explain it to ever understood. Nice to know I am not the only one experiencing this phenomenon


barbara 3 years ago

Hi, I just found this site and was amazed. I keep telling my doc that I feel like I have this numbess or tingling feeling in my head. Nothing has ever been done, I thought maybe I had a brain tumor or something. It scares me when mine occur. I'm not sure what triggers it though. i know most of the time that it happens is when I am sitting down. I want to learn more about this. thank you all for your posts. thanks for helping. Barbara


rcobbett 3 years ago

Does anyone here have ADHD or suffer from depression? I was wondering if large amounts of dopamine is released when a trigger occurs. its such a nice feeling. never taken drugs, but totally get why people do if this is the feeling. just glad i dont have to pay for this feeling.


julierosie 3 years ago

Hi, my experience of this goose pimply sensation on my scalp is not quite the same as others here. Mine started about a year ago (i am a forty six year old female) and i don't remember anything in particular triggering the feeling. It only last for seconds at a time. Also i get the same sensation on my leg and buttock. sometimes it happens at work when ironing or at any time. Could it be stress induced?


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NathaNater 3 years ago

I have definitely experienced this, and other phenomena like it, and didn't realize others had also and that there's a name for it. Very interesting subject and great to know that others have experienced this! Makes me want to do more research on it.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether

My friend on Youtube just told me about this today when we were having breakfast. I was like, "what the heck is ASMR?" But then I came home and looked it up...and BOOM. Yes, I've experienced this many times, particularly with the more common trigger of someone cutting, dying, or washing my hair. When someone brushes my hair or when someone lightly touched my back, I get the tingles. Amazing phenomenon, and this whole time I've been thinking that everyone gets these sensations...when I mentioned it to my hubby he looked at me like I was nuts! LOL. Awesome hub and thanks for your research on this. Blessings!


IdrilC 3 years ago

I'm glad I found this! I am surprised that so many people have written/commented about this, yet at the same time surprised that some people don't experience it. I have always experienced this, very often to a soothing voice but ALWAYS when given a questionnaire by someone - is this a weird one? I didn't see it on the list!


Angela 3 years ago

I'm female, age 49. First remember having ASMR as a child when other little girls would brush my hair. I have seen a number of other people experience it when having their hair played with but I never asked anyone if they have other triggers.

Other triggers for me:

Certain voices (like the ones in the youtube relaxation, whispering and ASMR videos. And, yes, like many others have mentioned, Bob Ross!).

Someone else in the house who is moving around and doing something but they are trying to be very quiet so they won't disturb me because I'm either lying down or studying.

People keyboarding and clicking a mouse, especially if they are trying to be as quiet as possible.

Some of the most intense ASMR I've had occurred in quiet public places, especially retail, and was induced by a total stranger who was near me. The person was very quiet and just browsing or looking over something but, again, I got the definite feeling the person was trying to be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible. It feels like as they are looking at whatever it is they are looking at they are also paying some attention to me in some .

Riding the bus - there are different buses on my route, of course, but it seems there's one or two buses in particular that induce ASMR in me and combined with particular drivers, their way of driving, induces ASMR. There have been times when I had really bad insomnia that this helped relax me a lot. The buses are numbered and I always try to ride the ones that induce ASMR in me.

In the past year I've had spontaneous ASMR. Reading everyone's comments and the mention of serotonin is intriguing and I wonder if there is a connection b/c in the past year I've improved significantly after being in a major depression for a few years ... so maybe my body is making more serotonin than it normally does and that is triggering the spontaneous ASMR.

I'm very intuitive, introverted, lots of creative ideas but I can also be very detail oriented, too. Always been interested in the spiritual, the paranormal and I've had many experiences that can only be described as clairvoyant, claircognizant, etc.

For me, ASMR is very different from the shivery, goose bump feeling that comes from listening to music sometimes - because ASMR is so relaxing whereas the music response is more exciting, stimulating. For anyone interested in the music shivers, Dr. Paul Silvia, (University of North Carolina at Greensboro- Psychology dept.) has been researching this phenomenon.


Houston 3 years ago

I've had this sensation for years, usually when I'm home alone and petting my dogs or when I'm working with people in a task related setting. I am a teacher and whenever I'm working with students at a computer, whispering triggers it.


Jon 3 years ago

I used to just get it a few times like when someone spoke in an accent or they brushed their hair. then I found the videos on youtube and I watched them all the time I still watch them. I don't know is it wrong to watch them I mean is it like having lustrous thoughts? I mean I don't feel anything sexual t words them the majority of the time. Please let me know.


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summertime175 3 years ago

I've been having these since kindergarten. I'm so glad I found this article. I'm not so sure my tingles are so simple... I think they are more about the thoughts and mindset of the people creating the videos as they make the trigger sounds and movements. It's hard to explain. I also expirience tingles when people, usually younger, foucus on something small and intricate. My mom and aunt expirienced these when they were younger... Mom gets these when she eats horseradish sauce :P Is it the same thing?


Angel Mist 3 years ago

Thanks for the info. I will have to say though I seem to be one that is out of the norm when it comes to these experiences. I have only just started to experience the light feeling in my head over the last year or so. I am almost 40. I have started to notice the feeling come when I was on my way home from work, driving. It didn't last for a long time, but the feeling was a lightness about me. I really cant explain it, but it felt nice. I get it mainly in my head, but have found that it moves down into my chest, and that is as far as it seems to go. Again I was surprised to find, in your article, that most experience it in the youth, with it downgrading as the years passed on. As I said this was new to me only recently. But thanks for the info. Think I may have to research this a bit more.


TTX 3 years ago

Fantastic found. I have experienced this feeling since I was young, couldn't explain it, but knew how to trigger it, or sometimes it just triggered by itslef. Weirdest triggers would be animal licking hand or eating leafy branches from my hand. Now the infamous screen licking pug works like a charm almost every time. Soft speaking/whispering sometimes triggers it too. There are certain but very rare ocasions that a person, just by being around triggers ASMR, he/she doesn't even have to talk or touch.


stacy 3 years ago

had it for years but only with head to head physical contact only and the more i concentrated the more intense it becomes i even have to stop and release my head from theirs because it gets so intense.


Eve26 3 years ago

I get tingles by the sounds of some ASMR videos. Lately i discover this video with straws sounds. Its one of my favorit ASMR videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eip8lrKix8w


Broekzak 3 years ago

I've experienced this occasionally ever since I can remember (I'm 33). Never realized some (most?) people don't know this feeling at all. Gets mostly triggered by voice for me, no whispering needed. Just a slightly serene / monotonic tone combined with the right timbre will do the trick.

It feels like part of my brain flips into a different mode in which the neurons act like small needles tickling the inside of my head in waves. These waves can propagate towards the neck and back.

In bad cases I loose my focus completely and lose track of the conversation (my brain stops interpreting and just listens to the sound of the words instead). This lasts only a few seconds until I realize what's happening and "will" myself out of it with some effort.

Interesting thing is that I seem to be able to get this effect (or nearly the same effect), but not as intense, by lying down, and concentrating (and visualizing) on tensing/relaxing muscles related to breathing (around the ribs, spine). Hard to explain exactly what I mean here, but when it "works" this can create an instant and complete relaxing/tickling sense throughout my entire body, lasting a few seconds.


Norman 3 years ago

I've gotten these my whole life! I remember my teacher triggering them as a little kid whenever I asked her for help on something. It was all vocals that triggered them as a kid. But now it's really different, I'm starting to get different types of tingles. It's almost as if I have a tingle for each emotion. I've noticed that they're strongest when I'm angry and listening to thrash metal. I've also noticed that the angrier I get, the stronger they get and the more effects the have on me. For instance, the other day my mom really pissed me off so I started listening to thrash metal and I noticed that the tingles started making me feel powerful.... I feel almost invincible when I get my angry tingles now. I've even done tests to see if they actually have some type of effect on pain tolerance and strength. Turns out that they actually do, if something is causing me physical pain while I have my angry tingles, they actually just increase the intensity of the tingles making me feel even more invincible. Almost like it's self sustaining or something. They also can increase my stamina and my strength somewhat, but not by much. Just enough to know that there's a difference.


Seasons 3 years ago

I tried to explain this to a few friends and my mom when I was younger, but no one got it!

I get it most intensely when someone is drawing a picture of me, or writing me a note or text in the same room as me, putting makeup on me, cutting my hair or tickleing the sides of my neck and shoulders. Those scalp massagers also really do it too.

I get it across the top and back of my head, neck and shoulders.

I also get another sensation that's similar, but doesn't feel good.

Whenever I see someone in a movie standing too close to the edge of something very high, or whenever I stand near the edge of something every high, I get the same tingling, but it's uncomfortable and I get it in my feet running up my legs. Also some harsh sounds give it to me (nails on a chalkboard, nails screeching across anything really) The only person who understands what I mean is my grandmother, she gets the same feeling, but for different reasons.


Marcus 4 years ago

I always seem to get this feeling when watching a fight or battle, does anyone else get this or am I a secret sadist or something? :P


Throck40 4 years ago

I get that tingly feeling when i hear someone eat crunchy food or chips.


Johnny 4 years ago

@Norm, I think it's common not to experience ASMR only in the head. I feel it mostly in my back and upper arms, but also in the rest of my body, especially the ears and neck area.


Norm 4 years ago

I have had this ever since i can remember, mainly when listening to specific music or watching particular film scenes etc However I experience the tingling all over not just my head. It this common?


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Sam 4 years ago

It's been happening to me for years , but I almost put it off as some weird neoroloical issue , or chemical inbalance . Mine usualy hits me whenever I'm blue , tired , or just in a general sense of unwatching peace . I always assumed it was some sort of natural reaction to combat stress , possibly some weird evolutionary trait ( my mom has this happen to her every once in a while , and we've talked about it before . Being a semi hardcore christian , she puts it off as an "acarisia de un angel" , something she read in a book about Archangels from a woman who randomnly mentioned what sounds like this experience) , or again , a chemical inbalance furiously pumping endorphins into me


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sharewhatuknow 4 years ago from Western Washington

I certainly believe animals experience ASMR. Someone here brought up the subject of cats purring while being stroked. I also had a large mixed-breed dog, very intelligent, that would paw at my leg when I stopped brushing his coat. As soon a I would start brushing him again, he would just sit there, almost as still as a statue. Once I stopped brushing him, after about 5 seconds he would paw at my leg again.


Mezzie 4 years ago

This feeling has come to me several times in my life, and I've tried to talk to people but they wouldn't understand. I got very surprised and bouncy when I found this page! Though, I've tried lately talking to my brother and mother about it, but it's like taboo. They only go quiet. However I'm glad I found out about this, thanks!


Maks Milczarczyk 4 years ago

How therapeutic to read these posts. I thought I was alone completely and at a loss for words. From this day fourth I devote my life to the exploration of this sensation. There has to be something to this.


Chris 4 years ago

You can't imagine how relieved I am right now, now that I found out there are others who share the same feelings. And now there's actually a NAME to the whole thing.

I'm 27 and live in Germany. I first encountered ASMR as a boy (must have been 7 or 8) when I listened to one episode of a series of children's audio plays on my cassette player. While on another adventure, the protagonist held a little monologue about his plans (still can remember it like yesterday) and this segment ALWAYS started ASMR.

Now it's mainly people talking with a warm, soft voice, especially female voices and very often in businesslike situations when the talking style and cadence is explanatory, helpful or polite.

Many times in private life, but also during my university time and now my job as an educational consultant, I meet people who are very friendly, polite and seemingly-warm hearted. And with a small fraction of this group I encounter ASMR. It in no way affects the talk or discussion I have with them, in fact I'm very certain that they don't even notice me experiencing a pleasant physical phenomenon, while dealing with their questions and/or problems.

Whispering or non-human sounds generally don't have any effect on me. But when ASMR happens, it first starts with a little tingle here and there on the head, almost as if someone randomly pulled on a single hair. If the feeling persists, it grows into something that feels like carbonized water, steadily dripping on your head and running down in streams on different sides, but then also upwards, in a pulsating manner. It's great and veeery relaxing. I found some videos on YT (which were not even labeled ASMR) that I listen to in the evening, after a stressful day.

I think many of you know these "Head Massagers"? Those metal sticks with stiff wires expanding from it in an egg-like shape? When I first tried that I thought: "Finally, maybe now I can show my friends what I was talking about!". But it was quite disappointing, sometimes even uncomfortable and was not even close to the feeling I encounter during ASMR... in fact, it was far from it. So the door is still closed for them, at least for now.

Keep up the good work and spread the word! I'm sure there are many more out there who wonder if they're alone with this great "gift"!


thundergirl 4 years ago

I get those sensations too. Waves of energy lightly flow over my scalp. Sometimes the hairs on the back of my head above my spine will vibrate gently. Sometimes I can feel the hairs on my arms stand up too. But the sensation is mostly on my scalp. It is very pleasurable and relaxing. I get them when least expected like when I see someone's fingers on something that belongs to me. Or a quiet room with a female voice will trigger it. It doesn't matter how good looking the person is or how sexually appealing they may or may not be. It is not in any way sexual and holds no romantic attraction. It is often triggered by females near me or females in videos talking softly. Sometime a man will cause it if he is doing something soft, like silently flipping though a book that belongs to me. I really enjoy the sensation and I can conger it up again and again, hours after the initial sensation, if my mind's eye replays the action that triggered the sensation. I try to get the most I can from each one by replaying the action in my memory, because it feels good and I know deep down it has positive health benefits (like meditation or acupuncture might give). I figured out a long time ago not all people experience this because I never hear anyone talking about it. I decided to do a search because a coworker was taking to me in the office today and it triggered the sensation.


Vanessa 4 years ago

I get asmr when peaople whisper or when pages of a book are being turned...I like the sound they make.


McKenzie 4 years ago

I've always noticed that certain things give me tingles in my back, like people playing with my hair and noises like whispering. I never ever get tingles in my head though.


Franck 4 years ago

Hello, sorry for my English: I'm French! For the first time this morning I've tried to find something on the net about what i was feeling since my youth: The ASMR! I don't even know that yhere was a name for this marvellous thing. I'm 45 years, and sincerely, i thought that i was thi only to have this kinf of feeling. And believe me or not , when i discover the fact i was not alone, i was nearly to cry. I will continue to read you articles. Goodbye.


Anna 4 years ago

I have had this feeling since i was a kid. First time that i can remember, I was 6 and another girl did my hair. Since then i have had it at hairdressers, or if someone touches my hair. It also comes when i watch make-up tutorials in youtube, or if i listen to people having a presentation/ giving detailed information about any subject really. I have it now daily and i am totally addicted to it. I purposely trigger it for myself every night so that i will fall asleep. I also had it when my math teacher explained things in school.

I am 28 years old, with masters degree in economy and i am studying to be a pianist. I have absolute pitch and i see notes as colors. I don't know if this might be related to ASMR. I asked all my family members and friends they don't have this.


Kattoor 4 years ago

I have this when I am somewhere I'm not supposed to be


noname 4 years ago

I can identify with the list of triggers, but I haven't heard of feeling like its a drug or orgasmic. I guess it can feel that way if its really strong for me.

about feeling alone, weird, and what not, never did. one must be pretty sensitive to feel that way over something like getting these head tingles, ASMR. there are worse problems and secrets to have. as for actually feeling that way from external forces- people calling you a freak, those people must be really silly. when I explain to people and they say they dont know what Im talking about, thats the end of it, no critical judgment.

yup, ASMR tingles are positive, and feel nice. most people on YT use it for relaxation and the feeling ^^. Ive never experienced a dark side to have it, like feeling like a freak. I actually came back to this page to describe triggers to some people.- Im watchign ASMR video right now =p


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sharewhatuknow 4 years ago from Western Washington

Yep, I have experienced ASMR too, for as long as I can remember. Very odd that one of the persons that posted here state that having ASMR is a predominantly male trait.

No it isn't. Many of the videos on Youtube are from woman sharing their ASMR experiences and trying to induce this in their viewers.

For me, ironically, these videos don't do anything for me.


Sneeze 4 years ago

I also experience this and SNEEZE when I look at the sun. Weird.


WOW 4 years ago

Sorry about the typo's. I'm actually embarrassed to have anyone in my family see me typing this :(........but thanks again.


WOW 4 years ago

I finally decided to type this feeling into the computer and found this. I was watching landscapers working at my office today and got up the nerve to type it in. I've had this for a long time anytime a repair person comes, or when I got hair checked in PS but the nurse. I'm in my forties and had it since I was a kid. I felt like a freak. I remember telling my wife and the look I got was the end of that conversation. I actually was embarrassed to type the "tingling in head while watching people work". I am quite amazed that others feel this as well. It is an amazing feeling and so calming I never want it to end. Just my $0.02


Jaron 4 years ago

I've use to have this sensation alot, I never really thought much of it, I told my mom once and she got confused and even a little concerned, glad to know It has a name. mine gets triggered by soft speech and light touch mostly it seems. I get lightheaded alot and I was wondering If other people who experience this also get light headed alot (like when standing up to fast). When I get light headed it seems like I have a similar feeling in the brain and body and I also sometimes loose vision for a little bit sometimes. (my ASMR is usually pretty strong where I feel a tingling throughout my whole body)


Emily 4 years ago

I get this feeling pretty severely when I'm in a car and close my eyes but only sometimes. When I would ride the bus and close my eyes out of tiredness I'd get this feeling and it was crazy but I wouldn't get it all the time when I tried. Also sometimes alcohol seems to increase this feeling when everything is quiet and I'm at peace and close my eyes. Hm I never really thought about it.


Jim 4 years ago

I have posted a research experiment and have found very interesting results.

I believe that the chemical secqence is found on the X chromosom giving the male parent all responsibility of this protein structured chemical. This meaning it is even more rare for females to experience this. In my case the chemical switch was turned on at about 7 years old. And it will turn off at about 30-50 years of age. Most people experience this when they are younger.


Rosie 4 years ago

For me, the tingling feeling was always almost an annoying feeling. I experience it most when I imagine something very painful, usually when I imagine like having a ball thrown at my face.

However my first experience was a pleasant one, I leaned my head against my boyfriend at the time and my head went insane with the tingles. I thought "oh, this must be what love feels like"

Since then I've found that when I touch my head to certain objects, typically people, but sometimes pets. I feel it.

I know certain sounds set off the sensation too, but I never paid it much thought. I just thought, oh I must be insane or something.

I'm glad I'm not alone.


longlosttrance 4 years ago

I first experienced this with a therapist when I was 7 (referred by teacher, possible add) when she would lay me down on the floor and stroke my hair and in the most soothing voice would help me relax. I still think of those waves of euphoric feelings she would induce. My triggers are particular soft voices (Asian women, painter Bob Ross). I am glad I came across this blog. I continue on my quest for that voice that is like the hand of god reaching down from the heavens and massage my brain into bliss.


Chris 4 years ago

This is amazing. after 25 years, it finally dawned on me to research this sensation that i've never really talked about or shared with anyone. I actually experienced "asmr" while reading over everyones comments. I plan on posting more when i have the time about my own experiences, triggers, and how i've charished this feeling since i was a child. I recently started watching hypnotism videos on youtube just because i like listening to people with nice voices talk, and i stumbled upon asmr videos. After a little searching and reading I've discovered it has a name, and lots of people who experience it too! I feel like we are part of an elite club :)


ChipetteASMR 4 years ago

I get ASMR when listening to soft voices.

I also get tingles all-over from squeaky voices. Squeaky voices don't hurt my ears, but instead I feel a tingly sensation all-over.

That's all I have on the subject so-far...


JH 4 years ago

I can't believe I've found this and other people have felt it all their lives too! Since I was little it never occurred to me to try and explain it to anyone it just happened sometimes. I'm 26 now and hadn't felt it for years and then this morning it happened! and I decided to get on google, on the off chance someone else had experienced it too.

For me it only seems to occur in very specific circumstances all of which when I'm the focus of the attention, like getting a check up at the dentists or if someone was to sit and draw me, the feeling just washes over me. but like I said it can be years between it happening, I wonder what the biological cause and purpose is.

It's such a strange but euphoric feeling, I can't believe it never occurred to me to look this up before!


Solyaris 4 years ago

I just read this and I am very grateful for you creating this page and describing this sensation so completely! I want to join the rest here in testifying that this is real.

I'll try to keep it short and maybe add more later. I first experienced the sensation when I was 5 or 6 and looked at my grandmother drawing on paper. Since then I experienced it many times up until I was about 23. I am not sure but I think then several years passed w/o experiencing. Then maybe two or three years ago they have returned more than ever! I am now 31 and I quite often experience it especially if I am relaxed and my mind is not worried.

Short about myself:

Drawing is my passion, and I am quite creative. I am weak at math but do consider myself quite logical, I am very practical and good at planning/multi-tasking but also completely zone out in focused tasks.100% music lover.

About the sensation/asmr:

I recognize a lot of the conditions for triggering described in the original post. For me particular triggers are:

Watching somebody do something with great skill, or explaining something they know well. Listening to people with what I have decided are 'harmonious voices'. Some people just seem to have the right voice for this kind of thing and I've noticed that often the same people can trigger it in me again and again. I love watching videos of painters or drawers explaining why they do this and that. Also on youtube there are a lot of 'whisper' videos , they work nicely as well. It's because of videos like that that I actually discovered this site! Some russian guy massaging through the screen. Love it. I also recognise the sensation coming when I am warm/cold, feel a cool breeze under a hot douvet or somebody touching my shoulders, arms and particularly legs. I -love- having my legs massaged ! :D

I wouldn't describe the sensation as an orgasm, mostly because it's something I've had since childhood and I've never thought of it as something sexual. It is however, in the way I feel it, a most enjoyable physical pleasure and something I really cherish and want to 'prolong' as much as possible when I can. It's not always available though -it seems like it's sort of a reserve that has to recharge after it has been tapped for a while. (comments?)

The only people I've discussed this with were some new-age people but they were certain I talked about meditation. The other person is my ex-girlfriend, she believed me and said I was unique. I guess I am not unique after reading all these testimonials but I am so happy I found this page and could share this!!


Andrea 4 years ago

I have enjoyed this condition since I was a little girl, now that I'm an adult I really find relaxing when cleaning person comes into my officce to do her job, it is so pleasant that I would like it lasts forever. Also at the hairdresser saloon when my hair is washed and brushed ;)


msl 4 years ago

So this fuzzy feeling has a name. And I thought I was just weird.

I remember having these feelings often as a kid (I remember actually falling asleep while getting my hair cut or brushed), and I had actually forgotten all about it until now (followed a link from a blog which eventually took me here). I guess I've been having these feelings during the whole time but felt them less intensive as I've been busy and stressed, and I haven't paid that much attention to them.

I went through a bunch of different ASMR videos on Youtube, and I can definitely tell that this is it, and it's never been away. I can't say the feeling is exactly the same while watching these videos, for me it seems to require a real-life situation, but I definitely felt relaxed and calm, almost sleepy. It can be a certain kind of soft, quiet voice, sounds of different textures being touched or worked with, rain, thunder, watching someone doing something, having someone touch or brush your hair, or draw something on your back - all these give me the "funny", almost trance-like sensation. And now I have a name for it :)

I'm going to continue my research and exploration, and needless to say I was happy to come across this site, and to know that I'm not alone!

-M.


DoeQ 4 years ago

I am so gratified in finding this page. I have been aware of this unique sensation since I was a teenager, although I'm pretty sure it's happened since I was a little kid. I remember absolutely LOVING it when my mom would brush my hair. Then, within the last several years, I realized that I was getting a similar sensation when I watched certain videos on YouTube--people applying makeup on a subject, people doing hair threading on a subject (the ancient Indian/Persian art of hair removal--the thread sometimes makes this delightful clicking sound!), people exfoliating feet and other areas of the body (I love the sound of the scrubbing!), and people getting their feet or nails filed (again... that wonderful sound!), and it would be an extra added bonus when the people doing these things would be talking as they are doing it... especially in a calm, methodical, and whispery way. My obsessive seeking out of these types of videos on the site then caused me to stumble into the ASMR video realm! Wow!!! I wasn't alone! Although, I had noticed many times that YouTube users would leave comments on my favorite not-specifically-made-for-ASMR-use videos that I would watch repeatedly--comments such as: "This video is soooo relaxing" or "I love the sound that the file makes." And of course I would agree with them and give those types of comments a thumbs up (LOL!), thinking at the time--those people have the same weird fetish that I do! And that's what I thought it was... some type of fetish. Or some bizarre OCD by-product. Now I'm so relieved and happy to find out that this is something shared by so many. It's not like there's anything wrong with it... it causes such enjoyable sensations and relaxation and you're not hurting yourself or anyone else to achieve this state. No guilt or shame! I then began reflecting on all types of other things that have given me ASMR pleasure over the years: hair appointments that include shampooing and hair cutting, massages, pedicures (these first 3... obviously!), the sound of a pencil writing on a piece of paper on a tabletop, watching AND listening to the artist Bob Ross oil paint on a canvas on the PBS channel (LOL!), the sound of someone typing on a computer keyboard... wow. I could go on and on! I am so thankful that I found this. I love that it has a name--ASMR! Again, all I can say is "Wow." :-)


Kevin 4 years ago

I get this feeling for as long as I can remember. Usually during hair cuts and even back in elementary school, when they did the lice testing and you had to sit there while the school nurse looked over your head. Today (20 years later) it happens every week when our cleaning staff comes to the office. I will be working at the computer and they are cleaning desks around us and the whole time I get the tingling in my head/shoulders and upper back. I look forward to each Friday because of it. During the hot days its nice to close my eyes and I swear I have less stress after.


Cristian 4 years ago

Excellent work! I've got to say I feel happy with this discovery, and I refer to the fact that I found a lot of people in the same situation that me! I think we just have paid attention to another capacity that every human being have always had but have always ignored. I mean, I find this as a great step in evolution, or at least, in terms of truly discover or rediscover our capacities as persons, because this is just the top of the iceberg. Thanks you and sorry for the English, I'm from Argentina.


bosu 4 years ago

Thought I was alone in this, never bothered to do a Google search... Surprise. Growing up, I recall experiencing this frequently when listening to strangers speak, acoustically-dynamic music, finally figuring out a painting... I've been able, by doing a sort of movement of my back with my eyes closed and putting a sort "pressure" behind my eyes, to give myself this feeling whenever I want. It rushes from my head to my toes.


Real cheap Cigarettes 4 years ago

I don’t ordinarily comment but I gotta admit thankyou for the post on this great one : D.


connie 4 years ago

i just asumed everyone got this...always had this...when hair was played with and stuff,or yeah watching bob ross!!lol.like someone said or relaxing,educational,and/or descriptive stuff...was a pain in some classess but depending on the teacher as i got so relaxed id nearly fall asleep...get it more so now randomly when im out n about in shops or that,or watching things like qvc...but the youtube videos are a god send...totally take away the stress and fear of the day and help you sleep...i think the whole world needs ASMR pronto,stop all the evil in the world...i think everyone must get it,maybe they've just become so pent up they dont anymore...but its completely addictive...i cant think of anything more enjoyable in life if im honest and its substance free,hurts no one...i imagine this must be the place bhudda spoke of,or the start of it,pure bliss...and yeah sometimes it causes beautiful lucid dreaming...could stay there forever.:)


Joel 4 years ago

I had no idea other people had this too.


sl 4 years ago

Wow. Just found this online. It's me to a T, my whole life. It was always too difficult to explain, but this nails it. The big one for me is pen scratching. I have a few mp3s that I put on repeat, and just found a couple cool YouTube fountain pen videos. I can relate to every trigger bullet point you have listed. Nice to know there's a community of people who have the same experience.


Lorraine 4 years ago

I get this feeling (I am 12) and i think that everyone feels like this when they get soft massages, people play with their hair or they see something moving like a song or speech or movie. All I am wondering is: is it wrong to trigger this? I get this feeling in a COMPLETELY NON-SEXUAL way. I love it when someone has to draw letters on my back at girl scouts, when people play with my hair, when someone asks me questions, when I am daydreaming and someone brushes past me and when I am watching stuff like Savvanah's voice (whispers and sounds) or listening to instructions, watching people do something, soft voices and accents. I also get this if I brush my fingers on my skin like on my chest, face, and stomach. I always knew I was different because I am a bit of a loner-by-choice.


4 years ago

wow never knew this tingling sensation had a name or how popular it was. I normally get it when I see an attractive woman focusing on something or working on something or speaking softly...very odd.


Cliff 4 years ago

Sorry the email is paruma69@hotmail.co.uk

Please read my post below.


Cliff 4 years ago

You know when you are sitting at your Computer, and you are not really doing anything particular, well that is me right now.

Just thought I would type in Tingle In The Head, and hey presto, others have it as well.

For years I thought I was the only one, as nobody I know, ever has it. Strangely enough, when ever I take Bread and Wine in Church, just that one sip, and I feel pretty gone, and that is not normal. This can be in any Church in the World, but it happens every single time. Another thing, when the Tingle starts, it is like a rolling/pumping sensation, that gets stronger and more powerful with each spasm, until it is finally just one continues tingle.

Cliff

paruma69@hotmail.com

Any ideas??

Cliff


Justin 4 years ago

I'm 32. I can remember this happening as far back as elementary school. Sometimes I think of it like a cat purring, cept I'm the cat. Even the idea of a cat purring sort of gives the feeling. I've never talked to anyone about it with anyone, but I knew that I couldn't be the only one. The main trigger for me usually comes from someone (always a stranger) talking to me, asking me questions, or giving some sort of instruction - but always in a seemingly gentle way. It doesn't matter how old, or what gender they are. I've never been able to make it happen, but I wish I could, cause it's THE best feeling I've ever experienced! I don't just feel wonderful physically, but emotionally, and spiritually - like life is great and the whole world is alright.


tyler777 4 years ago

Ive had this feeling twice a few months ago.. It was only stimulated by reading "the humanties" it was in the front of my brain,it felt amazing. I do have other past experiences like this but it didn't feel great. i was in a psyche hospital bed and the side of my brain felt like a worm moved through it. Oh and they did brain scans and shit on my althrough i never got the results. ( i was 16,im 21 now )had deveju alot when i was a kid and also have had a few dreams that happen. Somethings my car pulses and ill know precisely who is thinking about me. And no i do not believe this is "tetus" because if it were i wouldn't receive a phone call or text from the person e v e r y t i m e. but i dont think im an indigo child or that im special. were human,theres more to it than morals and the bible ( no blasphany ) im left handed.


Stephanie, C 4 years ago

Words cannot describe how I felt when I came across this site and found out there are other people who get this same feeling I do. Since as long as I can remember I have gotten this feeling from certain things.

I have tried describing it to others and they just thought I was weird.There is no feeling at all that compares. So glad I found this site and have a better understanding of this feeling now. Almost cried when I found this because I have tried in the past to google how I felt and got nothing.

I never had thought about what gave me the feeling before and had always just thought it to be random but after reading this and thinking about it realized I do have triggers as well and now am more in control of it. After reading this last night I stayed up so late watching trigger youtube video's and getting the feeling over and over, It was like this being on your own body chemical high or something. I can't help but wonder why though, why? do we get this feeling at all.


Delbert Kelly Guinn Jr 4 years ago

I am a 38 yr old man I experience this and more. Sometimes I hear stuff also while experiencing it and on a few occasions related to the next day. One time I felt something like cold ballpoints move up the back of my legs and back to the back of my head , I couldn't move. Of course the tingling was first. It felt like my blanket was lifted off of me. Other times I feel weightless , sometimes spinning, falling , or feel paralyzed. This happenes to me a lot more than when I was a kid. I am learning of more experiences that I am not quite comfortable of discussing yet. Simply posting this is starting something We as humans will one day understand our capabilitys and selves We forgot who and what we are.


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reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Can't say I've experienced this. But if I did, perhaps I had it mistaken for something else. I've had my hair washed before, I just thought that it was the cold water giving me a sensation.


Lahnna 4 years ago

I remember experiencing this feeling as far back as 2nd grade. I had very long hair, and the girls in my class loved to play with it and braid it during story time. I remember feeling those intense, tingly sensations start in my scalp and course through my whole body! I never knew it was this rare though!


Emma 4 years ago

Im do glad to have found this! None of my family would believe me and I'm scared to tell my doctor incase he tells me it's just nothing. A lot of people I know would just say I'm looking for attention or lying. Has anyone else gone to their doctor to be digonosed or is it something I should keep to myself?


Kale 4 years ago

Also, as a footnote, having this feeling at my disposal could be a very prominent reason as to why I've never felt the need to try any recreational drugs. I'm pretty sure this feeling is a thousand times better than any sensation a drug could give me, anyway. I guess I should consider myself lucky I've actually found myself a reliable trigger.

I feel sorry for anyone who has never experienced this "ASMR."


Kale 4 years ago

Good music is my failsafe trigger for this feeling. Almost my entire music collection is comprised of tunes that give me that tingling sensation. Its true, the more you listen to the same song the more you get "used" to hearing it and the feeling eventually doesn't happen from that song anymore. Some songs manage to get me every time, though.

I get it from other things too, like really intense movie trailers, or when I'm having a conversation with someone and I feel like they are really in tune with what I am saying and I become really intense. I think the feeling has a lot more to do with emotions and inner feelings than it has to do with any physical touch. There's a huge difference between this feeling and just plain "goosebumps" from being grazed or touched lightly.


Astaroth999 4 years ago

I get the feeling every night... Try watching the urban peasant or hair tutorials on YouTube.


Ben 4 years ago

I love this feeling and I am wondering how rare it is or if it is as common as I thought before I read this. Some people (girls in particular) make me feel this more often by touching me I also have tried YouTube videos and none have worked so far.


dynosor1 4 years ago

I describe how I experience this voluntary "head orgasm" here, with a video showing the effect on my skin below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Goose_bumps#Sign...

http://youtu.be/mRfHfbpODe8


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Valene 4 years ago from Missouri

I heard about this recently after searching for "relaxation videos" on Youtube. I have been experiencing this all my life and assumed everyone else does as well! So not everyone feels this? That is weird. I certainly didn't think it had a name. All I know is when I was a kid, I LOVED watching Bob Ross' painting show because his voice and the way he worked gave me those awesome, relaxing shivers all over.

Now that I think about it, my friend was saying the other day how she thought it was weird that she got these "shivers" when she got a massage recently, so much so that she asked the massage therapist why! I can't imagine anyone finding this feeling unusual or not knowing what triggered it. I get this feeling all the time from certain people's voices, TV programs, etc. Now that I know I can search specifically for videos directed at causing this reaction, I'll be an addict for sure, lol! It's weird (and sad!) that some people have not experienced it.


BryWhit 4 years ago

I think I'm getting it now. I have discovered new forces that I think I can only do. There's a poundground force, (witch is slamming on the ground and sending electric waves to numb people)force booster, (witch is just going fater then your averege speed) and the healing force. I am best with the healing force, I'm the only one to be born with this kind of force. Do you think that the force-or ASMR-could be all over the globe?


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Anti-Valentine 4 years ago from My lair Author

@BryWhit: It's not yet known whether people can actually develop ASMR, or as you call it - the force. You may just be born with it, and others aren't. Maybe we all have it. Possibly people who have it "realise" they have it, and others don't. Not enough research has been done on it yet to know for sure.

Some think ASMR might be genetic, so entire families could have it - but others have claimed that they are the only ones in their families to have it. There are many varying opinions out there. Remember that it's possible that this ASMR gene, if it exists, could be passed on from your father or mother to you, and maybe some of your siblings and not others. It could possibly even skip a generation - your grandfather or grandmother might have it.


BryWhit 4 years ago

Those of you who can't use the force, you can try to get it, but if you don't get within about 5 to 10 years, you should probably quit. Like I said before, the force could be dangerous to those who aren't force sensitive. If you are force sensitive, don't use it on nonforce sensitive people. But I still don't get why my sisters aren't force sensitive. Anti-Valentine, do you have an explanation for this? Thanks!


BryWhit 4 years ago

I don't have the tingling, but you can name the unnamed feeling the force if you want. I can't believe that something made by Goarge Lucas has been appearing someplaces. I would like to know where this occurs mostly, but I have no idea. I always like using the force for fun, but I avoid it most of the time. It is fun to use, but I think if you use it to much, it could were off and pass on to a family member. The force might be rare thing in the world, but those who have it are lucky. As the Jedi say, may the force be with you!


BryWhit 4 years ago

I found a new force! Sometimes you can read peoples minds! My brother did it and both me and Ethan said the same thing. Also, if you are force sensitive, you can think alike because when two people that are force sensative become friends, they learn what the other person likes. Then use the force to read the other person's mind. I have also learned from Ethan how to sense where a missing toy is. You can also find what's in your presant by setting your heart on it, I have done that a lot. Take your time on your practice with the force. I believe it could be dangerous for people who aren't force sensitive. They could get even disyer then I do, get a bigger headache, and get more tired then I do. It might make some people sic if you do it too much to them. I also think the sith force is to be avoided, for it is deadly. Choke force could choke somebody to death, and lighning force could kill someone after a few strikes. If you have a way to get rid of sith forces, tell me, I am struggling with anger. It would be appreciated by me, my brothers and sisters. Thank you!


BryWhit 4 years ago

My sisters seem to not be force sensitive. If it's in the geans, I don't know why they don't have it. I was just going to tell you, look at the sun every day, then the next day, look at the sun. Think about what time it was when you looked at the sun the day before, then estimate the time. You might get it right! If you aren't force sensitive, you can follow these tips and maybe become force sensitive, maybe if you are jeolus about force people, you might get fear, anger or hate and use sith force. If you are not force sensative and use the force from my tips, tell me on this site. Good luck with the force! I am still studing my force sensative powers, let you know when I find something new. May the force be with you all!


BryWhit 4 years ago

I am going to tell you more ways of the force I didn't mention before. When something is really funny, I use the force on myself to make me cry. Then I leave the room, wipe the tears off my face, and erase the funny memorie for the day. I also feel disy after using the force, causing a small headache, then I get tired. My borther discovered a new force. He calls it the crush force. You throw something then make a fist to crush it before it touches something. I would say it takes a lot of practice, but if you can't do it, it's probably only in my geans. I also used the lightning force by getting really angry, seeing little blue sparks. My brother also used the choke force before we discovered the force in our geans. I also think the sith forces are caused by anger, fear and hate. Also, the force may not be in some geans, so be aware of it. I will tell you any new forces when I find them.


BryWhit 4 years ago

I have had many things like this. Whan my brothers and sisters are watching TV and I'm listening, not watching, I feel small tickels in my stomach. When music is on and it ends, I sometimes get watery eyes. But only certain music, like music with singing. When I woke up this morning, I was worried I was late for class. I then saw small balls moving together to make what time it was after I closed my eyes. I went down stairs and it was a minute after the time I saw in my mind. I could also tell where my brother was hiding, by getting impatient about finding him. I usaully have these things when I have problems with controlling emotions. I can not force push, but I can force sense. Some of my brothers have the same thing, it might be in certain geans of familys. When I am afraid when I am in the dark, I see in my mind after I close my eyes, that there is nothing to be afraid of. I then do what I had to do and leave the darkness. When I watch tense things, I get scared because I don't know what will happen next. When a sudden move or noise occurs, I get scared and do the same thing I do when I'm in the dark. If I weren't born with this sensitivite, I would not be posting this!:)


Seabass 4 years ago

I has it too. Pretty much same as other ppl. Someone who feels calm to you gently sifting your hair while the fan blows across you, humming like some airship drowsily floating in the night sky under the stars. And it makes you wonder if you feel something familiar but just can't remember from where.


will 4 years ago

Something different?

I do get the feelings described by many while meditating. The I actually use The more superficial tingling sensation to aid meditation. It's pretty much an anchor to get to deeper meditative states that grant the more core experiences described...

But...

This isn't the sensation I was searching for!

Believe it or not, I'd always considered that normal, linked to altered states.

What I was really searching for, and it's really hard to find anything on, is a sensation that shares some of the euphoria,has no tingling and seems to be based purely on physical locations.

Some of my earliest memories are of this, which sometimes included painless migraine style lightshows, but linked to locations. I used to describe it as "my brain doing backflips" - a little disconcerting sometimes, but kind of exiting and pleasurable.

These days my brain seems rarely to make the full backflip,but the sensation still happens.

Latest example:

The local reclamation /salvage yard. In 2 areas on the site, I got the feeling while walking around. If I go back to the same location it happens again, but it's hard to pin down the centre of the effect as the strength fades in and out as I move.

My guesses for the cause over the years are:

Something about the acoustics, though it's mostly outdoors or in smallish rooms, so maybe not.

Something visual that I've never noticed consciously.

Stone and underground water are often nearby, but there's a lot of both around here!


Maura 4 years ago

I've had this all my life too, and until I discovered all the softly spoken role plays on youtube, I found it difficult to find a means of achieving this sensation ... I remember thinking as a child that having this euphoric feeling was what I imagined heaven to be like :-) ... I still think it is as close to Nirvana as one can be, without the use of drugs!


Steve 4 years ago

Wow, earlier this year I discovered YouTube videos and blogs such as this which finally gave a name (ASMR) to feelings I've had all my life! The feelings were more frequent and longer-lasting when I was young, but I still get them now and then. With the exception of haircuts, triggers for me nowadays all involve listening to speakers - non-native English speakers, elderly speakers, narrators on documentary TV shows, NPR radio talk shows, etc. Often to help the ASMR feeling get started (and maintain it), I have to very softly touch my own head, face, arms, etc.


Wendy 4 years ago

I am stunned at how many people have these symptoms.

I Was recently told i have high blood pressure and this is why i have (pulsating throbbing in my head) this has subsided tremendously with meds however now the tingling sensation has started WEIRD..however i am not happy with it and wanted to know would an MRI not be able to diagnose the problem there must be a reason for this sensation.. it does not seem normal.. stressed hahaha


knifegill 4 years ago

I always thought I was one of very few. Glad to know I'm not alone. I think my sister can do this, too. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find out my mom does it, the way she zones out with a smile sometimes. I've just never asked her.


Sofia 4 years ago

My boyfriend get this feeling a lot when he's looking at my fingers. Like, if I'm drawing a picture or just drawing circles on the table with my fingertips. He never gets enough of it, but I don't want him to get tired of it. He asks about it a lot! I never fully understood this feeling he got, but after reading this, it reminded me that I've had head tingles before.. just a couple times though. Thank you for making me understand!


Dustofsaturn 4 years ago

I tend to get this feeling when asked personal questions. It's odd.


Jean 4 years ago

I am so glad that I found this group. I would not have known how to really explain. I never imagined that other people also get this same sensation. After reading the information posted here, I know that I am a Type A however I can also get the tingling sensation in my head by external stimuli and when I induce the sensation myself I am usually meditating on some type of external stimuli that I have experienced before.


ashley 4 years ago

what about a type C? i can control it and other things can control it. its easiest to control when watching videos with extreme seizure warnings though, lol.


Joey 4 years ago

I remember that I used to feel something similar to this when my close friend would draw on my hands when I was little. I've been watching trigger videos recently, but I've sadly built up a tollerence for the effect recently. I guess you could say that the magic is gone for me... It's a real shame, too...


cbecerra 4 years ago

Here is a youtube video that triggers ASMRhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yK7YhwhM-M&list=PL...


Steph 4 years ago

I have had this sensation my whole life and have just recently learned not everyone has this - my husband looked at me like I was crazy when I tried to explain it. I used to call it body blush because the more "powerful" occurrences can go down to my knees - I don't recall any getting to my toes.

At this point in life I get ASMR if someone even talks about brushing someone's hair (it doesn't even have to be mine they are talking about brushing, lol). I also get occurrences when my husband strokes the palm of my hand - I use this to relax at bedtime (although I have to ration myself because he tires of stroking my hand every night, lol). I even get them while sitting in my office - this may be due to the fact that I can very lightly hear the conversations going on around me and the light air current noise through the ducts... never put that one together until reading this..

Thanks for letting me know I'm NOT crazy and that this feeling is real!


Jennifer 4 years ago

I get way way waaay relaxed and then my hands get numb and a certainly can't focus. Good times. :(


Ray 4 years ago

I remember experiencing this most as a kid. It became almost an emotion to me, associated with strong attachment. The times I remember it most were when my (non-biological) grandpa would tell me about the books he was reading or something that he saw on TV, when somebody--usually my mother-- was drawing, or when I would be touching something cold and listening to somebody speak. In regards to this last one, I recall that lying on the chilly kitchen floor tiles and listening to my family members speak would often trigger it. I also recall a few times having it be triggered by friends' voices in an old building that we lived in.

I have asked people about it in the past, but alas, there was no real response. I eventually came to ignore it; although I still feel it from time to time. It has been amazing watching all of these videos that trigger what I consider as an emotion. Thanks all!


apc 4 years ago

This is the opening of the crown chakra and divine energy flowing in.


david 4 years ago

I figured it out. It happens to me when I need to be patient with somebody doing something. Cutting hair, drawing something, trying to understand someone talking too softly. Etc.


Deana 4 years ago

I am 53 and have had a recent resurgence of this feeling. I think it may have to do with the fact that I am under less stress currently than I have been for many years. One of my biggest triggers is listening to my pets groom themselves. Seems to be the rhythm. (?)


Erin 4 years ago

The first time I remember having this feeling was watching QVC in the mornings when my mom would drop me off and my aunt's house. She would fall asleep on the couch and QVC was on and every day I'd watch it and feel the weirdest, most comforting tingles in my head.

I never really forgot about it, but when you're small, you sort of chock a lot of things you experience up to simply existing and you don't think to question it.

Then, when I was in middle school, we went to the open house at our local tech school where my aunt was a teacher of massage therapy. I was entranced by watching the massage video... and not in a sick way. I got those same weird fuzzy tingles in my head.

Fast forward over a decade later, and I've discovered there is a whole community on YouTube devoted to these 'tingles'. If you have experienced this and are a fan, I suggest watching GentleWhispering and SilentCitadel's channels. The scratching videos are my favorite -- they give me the strongest 'fuzzy' experience.

The closest thing I can liken it to is being on Xanax while someone plays with your hair. Yeah. Pretty yummy stuff.


Kate 4 years ago

I get the tingles all the time when I get my hair done or go in to the doctor's office (especially for a physical). I honestly think it has to do with the amount of trust I have in a person I don't intimately know...in order to do their job, I must let them touch my body and trust them to be gentle and take care of me. I loved going to the doctor as a kid (well, except for getting my shots, I hated those with a passion) because it always felt like I was getting a gigantic hug or massage or something when I got my physical!


kade 4 years ago

im getting this feeling just reading this i have also expeirienced this ones extremly were i felt as if i was pinned to my bed it coursed through my body and i could hear familiar voices like my mum calling my name from when i was a child i can give this feeling to people when giving a massage the teqniqe i use is

1.wear something warm and sit in a cold room for ten minuites

2. take them off and lie face down just in underwear u will feel cold and tingly on your back

3.lightl blow from the top of the neck to the lower back

4.lightly run index finger from top of kneck to lower back and then back again to shoulders the original feeling will be amplified also speak gently

5.kiss the back of the neck lightly this will likely send a chill down the spine which will be unbarebaly nice and instantly make any girl fall in love with you


Metal 4 years ago

Im glad I found this and have a little more understanding on this now! Thanks Anti, I get it now and then usually while watching tv in a slight daze but when Im having trouble sleeping Ill try and induce it by watching massage videos or doctor exam videos and it usually works


me 4 years ago

I am currently a first year medical student and found myself trying to pinpoint the nature of this phenomenon I have been experiencing (much like many here) for years. I get this "tingling" sensation often when I hear gentle/soothing voices, and for me it occurs more readily when the voice is coming through some technological medium (on a computer, radio, etc.). I also feel it when I am intently watching something do something with their hands. Now, I have a theory specifically about the audio evoked tingling.

For those of you that experience this ASMR when listening to voices/music (I am not talking about getting your hair played with as I personally believe that to be a different phenomenon then an audio-evoked tingling) where specifically in your head does this feeling take origin? Mine always begins in my head right behind my ears. Always. Then it often travels up and tingles my whole head or it travels down my neck. I find this curious because the region of the brain designated to interpret and make sense of audio stimuli is located in the temporal lobe, around where my tingling sensation first takes place. Could it be (as some on here have suggested) that those with ASMR are able to detect a physical sensation from an evoked neurological potential in their brain? When neurons fire they are generating currents, and technology such as transcranial magnetic stimulation can evoke electrical activity in our neurons. Is this simply a reversal of such devices? Increased electric activity in our brain (due to the soothing voices/emotional music) is generating a large enough current to arouse the skin epithelium/hair follicles on our scalp, creating the sensation of a "tingle?" I am not sure. It also could have something to do with mirror neurons. Anyway, I can say thus far we have learned nothing of this phenomenon in medical school (and most of my fellow classmates have no idea what I am talking about when I bring it up) but I can agree with everyone on this blog that YES this sensation is real, and it sure is wonderful!:)


Artist 4 years ago

It is go great to see so many people that have this, I thought I was the only person that ever had this. None of my friends or family ever mentioned anything like this.

I get the tingle on the left side of my head. My

triggers are: people chewing gum, whistlers, people using something that is mine, people speaking softly and live guitar music.

I'm artistic and somewhat introverted, which are two things that a number of others seem to be.

Thanks to everyone who shared.


Ben of the Plains 4 years ago

I suspect this may have something to do with Serotonin release. I only recently started having these experiences with a sort of dizzy but pleasurable 'wave' of tingling starting in my brain and working its way down to my neck. I suffer from clinical depression and so have recently started trying a number of different anti-depressant medications, since which this sensation has started.


Henley 4 years ago

I get this when someone washes my hair before a haircut. I also get it when watching Asian ear cleaning videos. Go figure :)


likewine 4 years ago

OMG I thought i was alone all these years .... and i have been Trying to research this for years ...


Kitty 4 years ago

This is so funny. I had a friend who used to play with my hair and it felt SO GOOD. I always assumed it felt as good for others as it did for me.


Mel 4 years ago

I have had this occur since I can remember. I'm a very weird person. I always kind of knew that it wasn't typical to have this happen. I just decided to look it up. Here is usually what is happening when this occurs for me.

1. Someone is giving me advice. They are sympathizing with me.

2. Someone is doing something constructive. I usually feel like I can relate to that person when they are doing it.

3. I see two people connecting. I can almost feel what they are feeling.

4. When someone is talking about something very intellectual and it sparks a thought that I would never be able to explain using words. It's a thought that I have. I can not formulate it. I can only feel it. It's like I know something that no one else does that is constructed in a way that only my mind can perceive it.

5. Glue. When I was little it was glue. Anytime I saw someone using glue it would give me this feeling. Later it became crayons. Then, it was when I saw milk cartons. I don't understand the milk cartons. I think it was just a positive feeling from a childhood memory.

6. The Stars when someone else notices them at the same time I do. This has happened on several occasions. That feeling that someone has noticed something meaningful at the same time that I did.

7. Psychics. I don't necessarily think they are real. But they give me that feeling. Doctors as well as law enforcers.

Ok. I'm pretty in tune with this feeling since it happens so often. I can tell you exactly what it is. Really. First of all, it isn't your brain. You can't feel your brain. It's your scalp. Your hair follicles are giving you this feeling.

It is in the same area because most people have sensitive nerves in this area. What you are feeling is normal. Some people feel it more than others. Some.. not at all. The physical feeling can not be explained beyond that. That is just the reaction to the psychological feeling. What needs to be explained is why you are feeling it. Not how. That's simple. Sensitive nerves.

You are feeling this because of how your memory works with your emotions. Most likely, when you try to relate to something, no matter what it is, you try to relate on an emotional level.

If you see someone constructing a tower of cards, you find this fascinating and interesting. You seek to remember it so you overuse your emotions to remember. This activates the feeling. Later, when you remember certain events it will reactivate the feeling.

Infants use emotion to remember things. Some people continue to use this ability for the rest of their lives. I wish it were something cooler. And, hey it could be. But for now.. that's all I got. I've put a lot of thought into it.


DragonDew 4 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/user/WhisperCrystal

This youtuber just has SO many videos, all of the whispering ones give me this sensation. It's like my drugs.

I don't know if anyone else is in this boat, but I thought this was always because I've been schizophrenic for a while.


4 years ago

If you take MDMA you will get it not only in your head but all over your body for hours. Music triggers the normal short-lived one easily in my head. It is definitely a large release of serotonin.


Jimi 4 years ago

THIS JUST IN: I Just talked to someone on the subject, and they said that a buzz just makes them feel loose. I asked about the nice feeling in my head that I got when I tried it, but they didn't know what I was talking about. So I have a hypothesis: what if ASMR is part of the human brain, but only a rare amount of people can feel it? Perhaps some people can feel these chemicals being released in the brain, and others can't!


Jimi 4 years ago

I'm also a guy who has ASMR. Like most of the others, I just assumed everyone had it (and I didn't even know it had a name) until today. I fit most of the description. I'm affected by all of those triggers and I have none of the listed side effects. I'm also half-left and half-right, but to me, it feels more like I'm full-both (as far as my ability to be logical or creative goes). I have tried drugs, but I'm one of those people who has much more fun sober, whether I'm partying or doing something by myself. For me, ASMR feels exactly like an alcohol-induced buzz, only it's about half as intense and therefore doesn't impair my motor functioning.

Some traits I have to help further clarify what we might all have in common:

-Overthinker (also a fast thinker who never gets tired from thinking or "my brain hurts" moments)

-Beliefs and opinions can generally be summed up in three words: nerdy paragon-scientist

-Slightly (not significantly) more mature than my physical age

-Natural-born narcissist (as you can tell by the detail of the rest of this list)

-I love logical AND creative activities; my favorites are music (playing and listening), computer programming (and any other math), art, acting, and writing.

-My subconscious meshed into my conscious mind and I have full control over both (this phenomenon is more commonly known as somebody who grew up with OCD suddenly gaining control of their thoughts around age 16)

-Spent childhood as an introvert; grew up into an ambivert

-Strong will

-One-track focus (as in when I'm focusing on doing something, I'm oblivious to, for example, a teacher talking to the class I'm in. I have to be called by name to realize the rest of the world is happening)


Raymond Li 4 years ago

I just thought that everyone gets this feeling.


Gavin 4 years ago

wow, I just checked this out and it seems very similar to what I feel. I get tingly sensations down my neck and back (very pleasurable ones) in certain situations and was trying to find out if others get the same. Mine happen when someone is either talking about me and I know it, or when someone is looking at something I own or have made or written.

it's and odd one for sure, nice to know I', not alone.


Introvert twin 4 years ago

I've experienced this feeling since childhood and honestly thought I was just weird! Until now!! I've never told a soul about this feeling I get, as I was afraid of what they would think! I'm so relieved that I'm NOT ALONE!

Usually what sets it off for me is watching or listening to someone do something with paper, whether reading something or drawing or writing. But they have to be concentrating on it and (even better) whispering to themselves while they read or draw. The sound of the paper being jostled or the page being turned slowly and randomly is the key trigger for me, along with the whispering. (What is it about the whispering???)

For some odd reason the sensation works best if the subject is a child. You know how they sort of talk in a whisper to themselves while they concentrate on drawing something? That gets me every time!

I also get the feeling when someone is playing with my hair or "drawing" on my back. When I get my hair cut I always want to zone out and enjoy the tingling sensation, as it makes me so relaxed I could easily fall asleep! But I'm usually forced to make conversation and that completely destroys the euphoria.

The sensation for me starts in my head and, if allowed to continue, will work it's way down my spine and sort of immobilizes my body in a trancelike state. It's hard to describe. But I've never been able to feel this from listening to music, like many people seem to be able to do. I wish I could, as then I could be alone and undisturbed, and could just let the sensation last, instead of cutting it short so as not to look like a spaced out idiot in front of people!

I'm so glad I ran into this site!! It's a huge relief to know I'm not crazy after all!! :o)


Evan 4 years ago

I love this feeling. I don't remember when I first experienced the feeling but I have learned my ways of triggering it. Soft, even lispy voices trigger it right away and when I am getting my hair cut and combed I get the same sensation but extreme. Needless to say I love getting my hair cut now. I never really thought about it as being something specific to me or if everyone felt this sensation, but I am glad a lot of people can feel it because it is amazing. If you are a redditor, check out r/ASMR. People post all kinds of videos that will trigger it for you.


raptor 4 years ago

Dear People on this blog,

I'm not sure if the following video could be considered as an ASMR?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO3uhAPL8Oo

Thx.

Peace.


gliktch 4 years ago

I'm getting this right now, from 15,000km away!

My partner is in New York, I'm in Brisbane Australia, we're on a Skype call, and just the sound of her breathing as she sleeps is enough to trigger it in me - every time she exhales it's sending another wave of tingles down my spine... I guess this is why I've never bothered with artificial drugs! ;)

I didn't realise some people don't get this; I know that when I was little all of my brothers and sisters and I would (if we got bored, which will happen when you're kids) all sit in a row, and 'do backs', as we called it :) Tickly, light-scratchy goodness, sometimes on bare skin sometimes through a thin shirt, both felt good in their own way. Then the person at the front of the 'line' had to go to the back, for the next few minutes :D

My wonderful partner can trigger me by blowing into the microphone, and I by reading to her or talking about a massage, or about anything at all really if I use a soft voice. It does help if a fan or something is blowing on you too. :)

Gotta go, but I'm really glad I found this page! I'll be back to read the rest of the comments another day ;)

Kind regards,

- Matthew


theone&only 4 years ago

I'm 14 and i've had these all my life and always thought it was only me. I just randomly today thought I should look it up, and i'm glad I did! I did learn some trigers on my own and actually would set people up to do them (without them kowing about it) and purpously get this sensation. Thankyou so very much.


Greg 4 years ago

I came here from reddit. I thought everyone had this feeling. I first experienced it in primary school lending a girl a pencil of mine. I mistook it for love :). Reading your article triggered it for me. Started soft in the spine then crept up to the back of my skull. Thanks for letting me know what this is and how I can trigger it


sinisterkid89 4 years ago

I thought (wrongly) that everyone experienced this sensational sensation. Whether you believe and or care or not, I come from a family with certain individuals that exhibit psychic abilities. My father possessed remote viewing and pregognition, a sister a phycometric, and I clairsentience, and my great g-ma a tea leaf reader. I believe everyone has the ability to unravel their own sixth sense. The first person I inquired about asmr, was my father having said he never experienced asmr. (Obviously not all introspective individuals experience this sensation). Being a self-proclaimed narcissist I lean towards individuals showcasing this to be introverted, with a heightened sense of self awareness. In my own formulated opinion, I believe those who experience this have unlocked extra sensory perception and perhaps a certain percentile of the brain.


martinjansen@webmail.co.za 4 years ago

When u stroke a cat, it becomes content and it starts to purr, i think its our why of purring =-)


Martin 4 years ago

I dont get it in my head, its more of a tingling sensation on my back and arms. when someone reads close to me esp when they turn the pages and when someone eats a bag of chips, the crackling of the foil bag and crunching as they chew. Always thought it was just me. I wondor though, why such a wonderful feeling has never been documented or sudied throught out history. Maybe they all just brushed it aside as we all have. i mean ive nener described to anyone ever. my own little private moment of joy, i thought of it


Kari 4 years ago

I am a 20 years old. I've read this article and have read so many comments already on ASMR. I don't think I experience this or quite understand what many of you guys are talking about. Tingling sensations in the head or body? I'm not sure what really triggers this or how it feels. I wanna say that I get those feeling with certain smells that take me back to memories of when I was real young. I also wanna say that when I see certain things like paintings or photographs. I also read a few of you saying that you like when people play with your hair.. I do too. I also enjoyed when my friends wrote on my arm in pen... I am still really confused on all this, but maybe this is just not meant for me to read because I haven't experienced this. I mean does this start when you are young, older or does this appear, do you discover it? Can it just appear suddenly?? Can anyone also relate to me and feel that you don't have a clue of what this is all about..


Steven webb 4 years ago

I know exactly how every one feels.....thought I was alone but something is not right with me as I'll explain quickly....

I'm a normal 28yr male English...not married?

Ever since I can remember I get weird tingling sensations in my head or body....something's can trigger it off eg.. A song on the radio....it makes me listen to the words and somehow they feel like they mean or telling me something...get severe goose bumps feel all light.....

Now I done a self hypnosis video on you tube as I was bored...but ever since then I have been having flashbacks etc..... Went doctors and found out I had PTSD as. Child....I nearly died twice but feel in my heart the lord made me live, but made me forget these terrible memories.....now I'm remembering that I wrote a book as I growing up to tell people what's was happening to me as I couldn't tell anyone as of my family background and bad people would be back....so if I was taken by these peps how'd I survived?

I'm trying to find this doctor that was the only one who helped me through my troubles...

I'm a no one, but keep feeling that this is above me and I'm being guided.... I'm seeing signs all the time now....eg... The day I asked my dad if anything happened when I was young and tv programme came on relating to my question....it spooked me out....

Xxx

I'm not a religious person but believe there is one lord.....

I feel I'm going mad but something inside making push for answers....,


Melinda Rose 4 years ago

I am awestruck by the list of items that cause this described sensation, I thought I was just imagining this feeling. When initially reading what it was, I did not understand, hearing weird computer noises in my head is what led me here. But then as I read the list, I could not believe the first few items, I always put on BBC or NPR when I feel very alone, anxious or need to sleep. The soft sound of their calm, serene accented voices tranported me, very euphoric like. When I was very little, I would anticipate and wait for the black & white mini video they aired while playing the star spangled banner before the TV went off the air at night. Remember that song "4-3-2-1, Earth below us, falling, sinking", this also made me feel that way. The only other thing that makes me feel this way is smelling magazines and seeing the back floral print of a particular Sesame street book and even some scenes in those shows take me to this particular place. I never imagined there were other people who were able to name this particular feeling. Thank you for making me aware of such a rare, but sharable phenomenon.


Aaron 4 years ago

I get the feeling every time I watch Matilda, the part where she does the large math problem, or when I get my hair shaved.


projecthappy 4 years ago

This is very interesting to read because I've had these feelings randomly through life and never bothered to ask about it. I associate the feelings with trust and empathy, because the times I remember the most were similar to what others have described: someone, usually more vulnerable than me, teaching me or concentrating on something.

Lately I've been trying to be more social and wondering if that sensation was oxytocin rushing to my brain, since I read that it is the trust/bonding chemical. I thought maybe that feeling was normal for connecting and I needed to stimulate it more.

it is very enlightening to me to read that it's a unique phenomenon and triggered by exactly the same things. It was such a good feeling when lve had it, but it has been awhile. I've noticed in meditation i can conjure a similar feeling in my legs, so i wonder what that's about also.


SusieQ 4 years ago

Wowww... I am sooo happy I came across this site. I remember being in the 2nd grade, and always wanting the girl behind me to play with my hair. I actually thought it was abnormal then. I also remember watching "The Joy of Painting" with Bob Ross as a child, and getting that wonderful "tickle" feeling all over my head and neck (btw, I just watched it again the other day, I'm lucky enough to find it on my local PBS station every now and then!) As I got older, I noticed I wasn't the only person that got these sensations. Thanks so much for this blog!!!


4 years ago

yes... first ive had it in high school listening to a soft grammar teacher's voice.. i felt that feeling accidentally and went towards it.. since then i can trigger that anytime i want.. just start thinking about massage, soft speech etc and i feel it straight away.. its like an orgazm. once uve felt it u always know how to reach it again.. good feeling.. like water ripples in the head..it is relaxing but not absolutely sleepy disarming.. i could work with that controling myself..

but question is where would it lead if i would try to be in such "unnormal" condition almost every hour or minute.. ??

what it really is?? thats the question...

personally i think , it is a ability to release natural chemicals in your brain or smthing...

best wishes!


Marius 4 years ago

This feeling is indeed beatiful, when I hear a song that I really like, the tingling sensation is all over my head and sometimes in all the body, is somehow funny because in that moment the hair its slightly upwards like it would be electrified

It would be really interesting to meet other persons that that have the same feeling


Emi 4 years ago

well I decided to look up head tingles to day because i figured i would find something on the internet and i am glad i did. I was always afraid to try to explain the sensation to anyone because i didn't think that i could explain it correctly and i am usually not good at explain tings anyway. up i usually experience head tingles while trying to go to sleep. i remember having them when i was younger. I never really thought to look for triggers the audio with the whispering voice when i closed my eyes an concentrated on the voice caused the tingling sensation. but its not really a calming sensation for me it is more like happy makes me want to giggle kinda like when you get tickled if that makes since. also when i was reading some other blog about it as i read it it kinda brout about the sensation.


Katelyn 4 years ago

I've never discussed this feeling with anyone because I thought it was normal and something everybody experiences. I didn't know it was something unusual. My earliest memory of the sensation was watching my grandfather build something in his garage. My latest sensation was just a few minutes ago, watching a video of a soft-spoken guy doing a juggling skit. The only way I'm able to describe it is a very relaxing, tingling sensation that occurs when I'm focused or fascinated. I'm 16, and I consider myself to be kind of a gentle person that enjoys being alone (not quite introvertial; more like quiet by nature). Basically all of those things on the list trigger the sensation, especially elderly people talking, watching someone paint, and watching someone do something very carefully.

What shocks me the most about this is the fact that it's not common! All these years, I thought everyone experienced it, and I come to find out that it's quite rare. Either way, I enjoy it. I don't mind if it makes me different. I pity those that don't get to feel the awesomeness of it.


beckypeace11 4 years ago

SinValentine,

Perhaps some of us are struggling to clearly articulate the sensation we feel but it is most definitely not just goosebumps! Naturally everyone gets goosebumps be it from temperature changes or strong emotions such as fear or awe (i.e. hearing a powerful peace of music or a really poignant speech). Given we have all experienced goosebumps throughout our life it is doubtful anyone would consider the sensation of goosebumps unique or believe that not everyone has felt them. The "tingling" people are talking about on here is much different and more intense hence many describe the sensation as the most relaxing feeling they have ever experienced. I personally describe it as so intensely calming I feel on the verge of passing out. That doesn't happen with goosebumps!

That being said, there does seem to be discrepancies between people who can generate the feeling on their own and regularly experience the feeling without needing to be physically touched to trigger it, versus people who only feel it when having their scalp touched, for example, which I think actually is quite common and may just be a heightened sensitivity to a normal body response.

My "head tingles" are generally triggered by voices and if I focus in on the sensation I can cause it to grow until I feel a release from my head (kind of like you describe). I can't however, trigger the initial sensation on my own and you may be correct that people who can do this are on some other level of consciousness. I certainly would be interested in learning ways to generate the feeling and to willingly have it spread to other parts of my body besides my head. I think everyone on this hub is just curious to better understand what it is we feel and although there are a lot of us on this hub and we have varying degrees of ASMR, I do believe having ASMR is a relatively unique trait. I have described my sensation of ASMR to people throughout my life and until I found this hub last month at age 33 not a single person could relate to my described "head tingles".


AustinWhite 4 years ago

Thank you so much for having this website up. Like everyone else here, I never had a name for this sensation and never told anyone about it. Mine seems a little different, I can usually cause my without any triggers. That said, there are always things that set it off, to the point of goosebumps and tears; stories of valor(think charge of the light brigade), people trying to sell me things(makes car shopping difficult), and having my back drawn on. Almost all the audiotory triggers work, just not as strongly.


SinValentine 4 years ago

I almost thought this was what I was looking for and I thought this was a site with people experiencing something totally different, The thing your all talking about is Goosebumps/ Whenever your either Afraid,Alarmed, Or just worried you Most Likely Feel a Tingling Sensation around your body it isn't nothing special Just saying Happens to everyone, Im Looking for somthing totally different for people who can Actually Activate, Bring This Energy Out at Will. Meaning If your capable of Making your legs Have a Strange Sensation, Arms(Rare), Stomach, Or your Head, and being able to Make the energy rise to a certain extent until you can no longer hold it...Still hasn't been any Reasonable Explanations but only blogs about it online. But if Anyone Knows how to activate there willpower say so


CJ 4 years ago

Very interesting to see what everyone's triggers are, and to see that many but not all people experience head tingles. Here are my triggers:

-Someone doing something nice for me, like teaching me something

-Haircut

-Head, back, or neck massage (even thinking about getting a massage or reading descriptions of massage)

-Sex


Summer 4 years ago

Yep. This is absolutely me.

I work in healthcare and there's times certain patients speak to me and I have to drudge up EVERY ounce of focus possible so I don't just lean my head down on my desk and fall asleep suddenly. It truly puts me in this "sleepy, relaxed" state that if I don't control, can really become a not-so-feel-good issue for me in terms of my work.

Thanks for starting this blog.


Joe 4 years ago

I thought I was the only person that felt this... in fact I was just Googling some videos to watch on you tube of someone working, like doing a car detail or something along those lines... I seriously thought I was weird (maybe I still am!)... but this is amazing, I at least now have a name to put with it... and to think there are videos out there that give me that sensation... This is awesome!!


Emily 4 years ago

Wow I didn't know so many people experienced this too. I always thought it was a normal up till about High School.

I would constantly get this feeling when my mom braided my hair or when people played with it;I would experience it in great measures (almost like shocks up my back after a while) when i would get my hair cut, it was amazing. I got it especially during lunchtime almost all the time, the soft murmur of all the people eating and talking gave me the best sensations out of them all.

After my experiment with certain substances I found it to be almost like a high. It makes you extremely relaxed, the most relaxed I have ever been, it almost lead me to think that I was constantly stressed and that was what true relaxation was. Another way to explain it is like that moment right after finishing an orgasm, when you feel so relaxed you could just konk out.

I was always so disappointed when i snapped out of it, my sessions never last that long and they leave me feeling so relaxed I could fall asleep.

However nowadays I guess because I am constantly busy I find I don't experience it as much and cannot forcibly trigger this sensation. After reading this I want to try and find my own trigger though, it feels like an amazing escape from reality and I hope i can find my own way of achieving it (besides laying our head on a lunch table during lunchtime with everyone chattering in the background, trust me it's amazing!).

Anyways that was just my experience with these amazing sensations:)!


Bonnie 4 years ago

I often experience this feeling and have so since early childhood. I would not liken it to a sexual response although it is highly sensual. It is experienced in a more passive way and having it come upon me in public is a bit embarrassing because I fear I appear to be "spacing out". It is very relaxing however and I would not doubt it can bring about some very positive physical effects. For me, it relates mostly to sounds. I think there are certain thoughts that accompany it as well. It seems to be a kind of attention to others' general sensuality that triggers it. By "sensuality" I mean a sense of one's physical presence. It is very relaxing but not necessarily as emotionally uplifting as sexual arousal can be.


Molly 4 years ago

I have had this experience many times! I think the first time that I experienced it was at my grandparents house when I was a child. I was probably about 4 years old and my grandmother was scratching my back. The tingly sensation started at the top of my skull and then seemed to flow or melt down to my feet. I usually had that feeling whenever I had my back scratched but I had never really thought much of it. About two years ago, I realized that the euphoric, tingling sensation could be triggered by watching makeup tutorial videos. Weird, right? As I became more and more aware of the sensation, I realized that voices, particularly ones with accents were also triggering. Sadly, the more that I would try to experience the sensation, the less and less it would occur. I am now trying to use whisper videos on YouTube to feel this sensation. I just can't help but feel a bit ridiculous because as far as I'm aware, none of my friends experience ASMR. And it is fairly odd to listen to people whispering to feel a tingly sensation in my head. I'm really glad that there's almost a little community of us. I hope that we can become even more enlightened on this topic. :)

Good luck to you all!


YTT 4 years ago

This is incredible. I thank you all for sharing your experiences and finally realize there is a name for this. I’m a 45 year old male, not artistic like many of you, but I do consider myself creative. I’m also very scientific and logical, but am an introvert. In my teens I had bouts of anxiety attacks but recovered long ago. I think I’ve had what I now know as ASMR since a very young age, but I recall my first memorable experience was when my 3rd grade teacher brought in one of those musical wine glasses. As he circled the rim of it, the combination of the sound it gave off and the movement of his hand around the glass just sent my mind into a very intense ASMR episode. I also recall that very strong ASMR feelings in my youth virtually paralyzed me, making me unable to write a note in class. As I’ve grown older, they’ve been less intense, but still very enjoyable. I’ve never told anyone, even family of this condition, as I thought it was very weird. As the years passed I more or less forgot about it, as the triggers became less frequent. However, with the growth of information flowing from the internet, I became drawn to things like YouTube massage videos...not realizing why I’m like this stuff. It certainly is relaxing however. Other strong triggers for me include haircuts, especially when the barber uses those electric scissors/buzzers on a light setting. Another one is watching librarians reshelve books when its very quiet. Sounds perverted but its not in any way sexually gratifying, just a great ASMR buzz! Window washing with a rag and squeegee does it too....thanks again everyone for sharing.


Fox 4 years ago

I've always wondered about this! I tend to only get it when listening to people with 'wet' or 'sticky' mouths talking- usually quietly. Good examples are YouTube clips of John Sullivan, Father Brian D'Arcy and Dr. Sarah Jarvis. How interesting that I am not alone or some sort of speech pervert!


Erin 4 years ago

I got this the other day! I was at a friend's house and I was cold. My friend's beautiful mom whom I just met came up and wrapped a shawl around me and then fixed my hair around it. It felt amazing! She was so gentle and nurturing. I get the feeling often when my hair is touched.


Sanch 4 years ago

I just wanted to say thank you for setting up this page! I've had this ever since I can remember, and no one I've ever spoken to, apart from my mother, has ever experienced it. Reading this article was one of those "OMG!!! THAT'S WHAT I DO!!!" moments. I've tried to explain this to so many people in the past and I've received "the look" that I'm sure all ASMR people have had when trying to talk about the sensation.

Time to geek out on this site!


JoeH 4 years ago

Like many others here I thought everyone experienced this sensation, it's exciting to think this isn't the case.

When it happens to me it starts in my head then goes to my shoulders then my torso and tops of my legs, it's very refreshing.

Listening to The World in Union by Various Artists causes an almost constant cascade of tingles.

Also thank you for making this hub, the information is invaluable.


doyle 4 years ago

I think we are on to something really novel here.My suspicion is that it is tied to the mirror neuron system that is at the center of immediate shared neurochemical brain activity.The mirror system as I understand it has delicate associations with such attributes as empathy,vicarious feeling and trust.I think the common thread or narrative in these recollections are a cluster of shared experience.example: contentration tutorial learning,expository learning etc.It could be a vestige of the reward mechanism inherent in the mirror neuron system.This phenomenon shares the same evoultion of conditions that are prevelant but not understood.They become legitimate through case history.


paddy 4 years ago

oh well i already found a page with the "name" of this feeling, i have this feeling often when i watch videos of unboxing or origami, when someone draw something and so on. iam happy to found this page,cause iam really interested to know where that feelings come from.

srry when my english isn´t so good xDD


Adrian 4 years ago

Thanks for your blog. I too, have the same thing (I call it a thing because its not an illness, at least i hope not lol). Im a 27 y/o male. Active, in good shape and health. I am a people person, not shy and love dealing with people. I am a technical consultant.

In my case, Its rarely triggered by talking, and more frequently triggered by the sound of typing, rummaging through a bag or purse etc. I remember as a kid being able to sleep to the sound of Bob Ross (the famous painter) playing in the background. The sound of the paint strokes hitting the canvas was soothing to me. Weird, I know.

For a while, I always thought everyone had this experience but to my surprise, I was wrong. Ive asked some of my friends and colleagues about this and they generally look at me sideways like im crazy. The only way to describe the feeling is a tingling sensation(not a numbing or irratable feeling), but in your brain/spine/back arms. I find it to be very relaxing or even orgasmic (maybe orgasmic is pushing the envelope but you get my point hahaha).

As I understand this type of behavior has not been documented or researched much, I would be interested to know how many people worldwide experience the same thing, and whether those individuals are at less/more risk for any diseases or issues involving the sensory gland or brain. As long as it is determined that there are no long term effects to having this "thing", I must say I enjoy ASMR and hope it never goes away! :)


4 years ago

I'm so worried that I'll grow up and lose it b/c this is the most amazing feeling ever. There is a whole youtube community dedicated to making videos of triggers if anyone is interested!


Tibor 4 years ago

Hi guys,

Thank you all, this article and the comments made my day because I experienced this phenomena since I was a kid (I am 30 now). Only once I tried to explain it to a now ex-girlfriend, and she just laughed at me, calling me freak.

Now I know I am not alone. In my case, the trigger is some people's voice as in the case of many of you. What is interesting, I have searched youtube for the people you mentioned made you tingling, and I think it is a more complex neurological thing, because when I am listening to these videos, I somehow sense that this would make me tickle, if English was my native language. I feel that I am on the edge of tickling, but it just does not happen. Anyone experienced the same?

Regards, t.


Lee Millar 4 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia

Beckypeace, I think you are right that there seems to be link between personality, perhaps a deep empathy for others, as well as a physical sensitivity. I share many of the traits you mention. Unfortunately, I've toughned up a bit, both emotionally and physically, and I find I don't experience the situation as often. Totally amazed by all this nonetheless!


relaxed 4 years ago

Wow! I just figured everyone experienced this feeling, and it was the "warm and fuzzy" feeling people describe. Massage videos on YouTube (look up "Lita massage" - amazing voice!) and remembering compliments I've received will trigger the sensation, among other things. I'm also color-grapheme synesthetic (colored numbers/letters/concepts of time). It would be interesting to find out if there's a connection there some day. Thanks for the article!


Jake 4 years ago

Ha, I decided to look this up on a whim as a kid in a call of duty match gave me the feeling and soon as my laptop is right in front of me I thought I may as well.

Mine's triggered when I lend people my stuff and I see them using it, for example when a teacher used my pencil to write something etc


Elaine 4 years ago

I'm glad I just looked this up, because I just experienced it a few moments ago while watching something that made me happy. I've had this since childhood, the first memory of it being when I was little and water hit my head. But now it's not triggered so much by sensory, but when I feel happy. It's like every time I feel happiness, a euphoric feeling, or I hear/see something heartwarming, I get that sensation. It's wonderful, and due to what now triggers it for me, it makes it feel like a nice moment. Although, I have severe chronic insomnia now, and don't get them for months at a time because usually the only "happiness" I come by is usually just a manic episode because of sleeplessness. I wish it would happen because of other triggers that are mentioned here, but that sensation has become a wonderful thing to point me in the direction of what creates happiness for me.


James 4 years ago

I am at work and just had a woman on the phone who had a gorgeous soft italian accent. I have no idea what she said and I couldnt concentrate on the call at all!

I mainly get it with voices and watching people perform a task slowly and methodically. I have noticed that over the years however that I do not get it as much though I dont think it is to do with age, I think how you live forces it from you. For instance, I used to get this feeling more back when I wa writing poetry, talking a lot with my freinds and generally being really into life spiritually. (I was on the Dole) Now though I do not do them things as much and I am stuck in the corporate world and it is very rare I get it.

I think I might start getting back into my spiritual side again and see if that helps to intensify when it does happen and make it happen more often! The person who said about it being to do with Chakras may well be onto something.

Happy ASMR to you all!


Don 4 years ago

Glad i finally went looking into this. i get them all the time from soft spoken people, watching people learning and such, seems to be a large combo of other posters for me.


beckypeace11 4 years ago

I have noticed many people on here are creative. I too like to draw and write music but I am wondering if having ASMR is linked to empathy and human connection. Although I have always been quite shy I relate to people very well in intimate settings and love my job as a mental health counselor. I also wonder about general physical sensitivity such as ticklishness. I am extremely ticklish to the point where being tickled is like torture and I have a hard time withstanding simple things like a doctor touching my neck to feel lymphnodes. It is kind of embarrassing to be so physically sensitive at times. Does anyone else experience this?


Mary 4 years ago

I thought I was the only one with this, however I don't really get it through observation, mainly through touch. For as long as I can remember, whenever somebody touched my hair, wrote on my arm etc, I'd get that tingly sensation. As a child, whenever someone wanted to play hairdressers I'd be over the moon. Oh dear, haha.


Syrabi 4 years ago

I have it too!

Just a few minutes ago I knew there is a name for it. Never tought others had it as well, because no one knew what I was talking about.

I remember when I was a child 5? 6? I brushed my fathers hair when he was laying down. I noticed the tingles and I liked it. So I always wanted to brush his hair XD

Today massage vids on youtube do it for me. Even the rough head massages from Baba. A voice is not always needed. However, watching Bob Ross is also really nice.

There are people that watch him just to fall asleep. ^^

I get the tingles in my entire head and I feel a bit sleepy. When the video ends its sad. The feeling stops soon after, but it helps to scratch my head afterwards.

Too bad not everyone can feel it. It is definitly a niiiiiice feeling. So relaxing and peaceful. I read that people who are creative get this feeling a lot more. I guess Im one of them. I love drawing and making music. However, music never triggers it with me.

Hopefully, one day, I can call upon this feeling whenever I want, without watching videos. And hopefully it will never go away when I grow old. I will miss it.


beckypeace11 4 years ago

I have had this all of my life and now at age 33 I continue to regularly seek it out. It is mainly voices that do it for me. Sometimes it is so pleasant I almost feel paralyzed in the sensation and this has never caused me fear. Just recently on 2 occasions I have been criticized (not in a mean way) by people who don't understand the sensation. A few weeks ago I was in the car with my friend and the most soothing woman was talking on some radio talk show about gardening. I have no interest in gardening but I was entranced by her voice and requested we not change the station. I tried to explain why to my friend and she thought me pretty weird. Then, just a few days ago my husband observed me having a 20 minute conversation with a credit card phone solicitor even though I wasn't looking for a new credit card. I just LOVED his voice and the soft, gentle way he explained all of the terms and conditions of the card. My head was all a tingle! I am so glad others experience this and wish everyone did (they are missing out!) Usually I will run my fingers over my scalp through my hair as soon as the feeling starts and this helps intensify and prolong the sensation. Wow, such a cool thing others get this and very intriguing theories of it's origin. I will for sure stay tuned to this hub.


Mary 4 years ago

This is a symptom of chakras opening. It is not weird at all. These sensations are something to be proud of. Take some time and learn about meditation and how to balance these feelings with your life. It can be a bit distracting at first. The upper energy centers are in the middle of the forehead and top of the head and once opened they are very sensitive.


Thomas 4 years ago

I am a 21 year old male and can just close my eyes and can force the feeling to any part of my body. I also get it from external stimulus e.g. watching someone make something. I must know more about this. Brain scans should be done.


chad 4 years ago

Wow... I'm speechless. I had just experienced this "ASMR" when I finally decided to go to google and search "what is this tingling sensation in my head?" I've had this sensation on and off stretched out over the course of my whole life. I'm 18 now and I've never spoke a word of it to anyone. Naturally my curiosity could no longer be contained. It's amazing to know other people have this sensation but I really dislike calling it a "headgasm" hahaha! ASMR has felt like such a natural sensation that I'd hate to throw it into the same category as sex. I never find myself with some inexplicable boner while experiencing this phenomena so I'm pretty sure it's nonsexual XD. I can't recall a time when audio was ever a trigger. Sight and tough are what gets me. Getting my haircut by a gentle soft spoken girl can get me, but the most powerful waves i experience are through observation. When somebody is absolutely captivated in whatever it is there doing weather it be reading a book , drawing a picture, or most recently giving a review on an action figure...? (I came here because I can't explain why) that's what gets me!

When I read over what I just wrote, it only assures me of why this subject has gone on unspoken in my life for so long lol. But it doesn't aggravate, stress, or scare me :). Outside of this I'm just a normal person with a normal life just like everyone else. My curiosity and fascination however, have never been more peeked.


Junie_mcf 4 years ago

I'm a 52yr old female and always remember this feeling and feeling sad when it stopped. I don't get it as much now, and usually for me it's brought on by someone showing me how to do something or explaining how to do it, also when i'm doing something (writing,drawing) and someone is watching over my shoulder as i do it.

I think it may diminish as you get older as i only have it very occasionally now.


Reagan 4 years ago

Yep. I get this ALWAYS. Listening to Bob Ross does this to me.

I get it with most of the ways they listed.

But I get it with typing also. Love that sound.


saramcf 4 years ago

I really can't believe not everyone gets this! I honestly have never brought it up because I just thought it was something everyone got! I've been getting these sensations for aslong as I can remember. Earliest memory being at school in maths and needing help with something, and my teacher (female with quiet soft voice) came over to help me, and as she talked me through it and was writing sums at the same time, I got it. And I remember thinking I didn't want her to go away as then it would stop. I think I get it with someone combing my hair/or washing it at salon, but it depends on what person is washing it, if they are quite rough then it won't happen, but if it's someone with a softer gentler touch, it will. I haven't really had the sensations from sound for a long time up until a few months ago, (i'm 27) I have been getting them very strongly and at times I never would have in the past, such as when I'm working in the cleanroom, if im standing still at a cabinet waiting on something, and someone is in next cabinet to me working and are making small movements, it can trigger it. Or if someone is explaining something to me, or talking about something on paper (writing or drawing). Again, it depends on who it is. There are 3 people so far in my work who have triggered it on more than one occassion. I'm not sure if it's there voice? or the gentle way they move? or both? I have to be still, or it won't work, or it will go away if there is any interruption. I only really get it in my head at the crown, and it comes in waves, some stronger than others.

I decided to ask my close friend about it, thinking she would know what I was talking about, but she never. And suggested is it maybe because I am due my b12 injection? I get this every 3 months as I'm b12 deficient, and was diagnosed nearly 2 years ago. It's not a problem for me now, since I've been getting the injections, however, last month I was away my first snowboarding holiday, therefore used up lots of energy etc, so am wondering if it's depleted me more, and maybe I need my b12 quicker? I don't think my b12 deficiency is related to the ASMR but thought I'd mention it as I haven't seen anyone else bringing up b12. When I found this website the other day I knew straight away this was it, and watched a few videos (one of a young girl talking almost whispering and tracing a drawing on paper, and another of a man talking softly and going over a silhouette drawing with a pencil describing how I would feel) these videos both brought the ASMR on very strongly. I'm going to watch them again after I get my b12 injection tomorrow, and see if I still get it. I just don't understand why asfter all these years I am getting them so strongly again? It's so good to know there are others out there though, as for some reason it's quite an embarassing subject, but I have no idea why, probably because not everyone gets it. I do believe it's not black or white though, but on a spectrum. One of my cousins said she gets it with touch, someone specific touching her hair, or top of back. My boyfriend thinks he gets it with music. But both have watched the ASMR videos of the people drawing and talking softly, and they both don't get anything and think I'm nuts!!


Justin 4 years ago

I've had this too, all my life..Mine mainly comes when I watch someone learning something, or reading. I've always explained it to myself as a "knowledge uptake/absorption frequency that people broadcast. that I pick up/receive".

music and watching people write can do it too. glad there are other people!..


Zach Darnell 4 years ago

Awesome! I didn't know it had a name! I get it everytime I have a solid realization. It literally feels like some metaphysical indication that what I just thought about is correct, and it only happens when I link certain evidence together to arrive at a conclusion that has always been correct, but at the same time, not always well received by people when sharing what I figured out.


Dare 4 years ago

i've been able to make that chill for as long as i can remember, but it still happens when a hear a very good singer, or something very intense in in a movie, or video.

i have found that if i am cold or hot that i can make that chill happen and either raise or lower my body temp, it also is a good stress reliever.


JimC3 4 years ago

I've had this for nearly 50 years! People explaining & demonstrating a particular skill set is my main trigger -- Bob Ross painting, Julia Chillds cooking, etc. Also things like getting a haircut (particularly with electric clippers on the back of the neck), or otherwise being pampered. Videos about massage or chiropractic are also really good, so long as there's an explanation being narrated -- just watching a massage doesn't do it. Even getting massage only causes it when the therapists explain the processes & techniques as they go along. I never had a clue that everyone did not have this!


Baigui 4 years ago

Amazing site. I also have experienced this my whole life. There are many things that trigger it -- somebody mentioned going through a car wash -- that also triggers it for me.

Also:

- Watching people wash windows with a squeegee (car windshield especially, and especially if I'm in the car looking out)

- Watching people measure things. This one is generally so intense it causes a numbness in my fingertips

- Having my height measured (probably related to the previous one)

- Having an eye exam

- Any sort of manicure

I find, also, that these experiences are enhanced in situations where there is a foreseeable, contcrete ending to the event that's causing the tingling. For example in the case of a manicure, you know how many fingers they have left to do. Same goes for window-washing, where there's going to be an obvious stopping point.

I work in an office environment and I find that another trigger is whenever service people come in to do various things that interrupt the regular flow of work -- install blinds, network drops, etc.


Dan 4 years ago

So, there IS a word for it - or is it? Now I'm not even sure if what I experience qualifies as ASMR - a very pleasant, tingling sensation starting at the crown of my head; when I was younger, the feeling also was more intense and could travel to the shoulders and down the spine in waves. It's getting less intense with age, though.

The trigger for me is being waited on, even reading about this (a description of a visit to the hairdresser, or a boutique, or a restaurant etc). Related to that are things like watching a tea ceremony or someone preparing food.


Paul flint 4 years ago

hi I also experience this fantastic sensation, I have even made it travel through the whole of my body and I see everything turn White.Pleased to find out I'm not the only one.Music does it for me


Aubrey Salmins 4 years ago

Also, here is a meditation that gives me a euphoric high. It's ridiculously quick and easy, just breathing, I stumbled upon it myself and then after googling the effects, found it here: http://www.meditation-techniques.net/meditations/s...

I get the tingly sensations if my mind is calm during the meditation, i.e. if I am practicing awareness, because the euphoria rush from the meditation comes whatever, but it is much more special if the tingling feelings are also present.


Aubrey Salmins 4 years ago

Really glad to have found this blog :D

I get these feelings at climactic moments in films, battles, speeches; it HAS to be involving words e.g. Lord of the Rings - cheesy lines before big battle scenes :)

I am very word-orientated, I love speaking, writing and am also very sensitive. The feelings do not come at all times of great sad/love emotion in films, just at glorious ones. I seem to like the fact that humans stand by something worthy in times of great need, forgetting all else and even laying down their lives. But talking about it doesn't do it for me; I have to see the film, and hear the music, and be properly involved.

I am going to try and start controlling it by listening to the most moving classical music, which can also do it for me if it is glorious enough and I concentrate. Think Barber's Adagio for Strings moving.

Happy Tingling :D


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Teri Pettit 4 years ago from Santa Cruz, California

I don't experience this, but reading about it I'm envious of those who do. My daughter has number-color-emotion synesthesia; I think I'm going to ask her if she experiences ASMR too.


namekeshak 4 years ago

I think this is awesome !!! finally, I found the strange tingly feeling is a experienced by others. i only get this feeling when i hear certain people speak, listening to certain music, & cutting my hair!

thanks


kaplan 4 years ago

I was pleased to find a site dedicated to the sensation I've experienced since childhood, but for which I had no name or understanding. While I appreciate the serious work you've done, I disagree with the term "hit", which to me lends a negative connotation, and perhaps perpetuates the outsiders' opinion that ASMR is freakish or deviant. It seems that you agree that drug use has no bearing on the experience, so "hit" seems misleading at best. However, this is my only gripe and I hope you will continue to share your research with us.


Bro #666 4 years ago

Wow it's cool to know that other people also experience these wierd spurts of tingling. Personally I think they're awesome and I too have been enjoying them since I was a kid. The main thing that triggers them for me would definently be music, mainly dubstep and rock. I think it's really cool and they should do more research on it to see what causes ASMR. Thanks a ton for this article glad to see I'm not alone


Andrew A 4 years ago

I am glad to have found this article. It's been difficult to quantify in words what the sensation is like for me...often a temperature flux will cause it to begin, and then if I consciously focus on it, I can "bring it out" into waves. For me, soft touches with a pen tip, or something very finite, along my neck and forehead can keep it going. It seems to start most when talking with people "about" something. I know that is vague, but if we're just friends talking about the weekend or something, it doesn't happen. But if it's someone at the bank, or something like that, it occurs. And if they're writing things down in periods of silence (as in, just the pen sounds) or tapping at a keyboard, the waves are very strong. It becomes hard to focus, I just want to feel the waves, and it's depressing when they stop. They feel amazingly good. They creep around my scalp, down my neck and wash across my upper back. If I shrug my shoulders lightly and make my shirt shift against my back, it can keep it going.


braddles 4 years ago

I too have had this wonderful experience since I was a child (I'm 38 now). How nice to know I'm not alone after all these years of secretly enjoying this phenomenon.

For me it has generally centred around someones voice (getting instruction, listening to a surveyer ask me questions on the phone, listening to someone read a story). Yes their voice has to be soft and possibly with a certain texture but its the cadence and length of uninterupted speaking that determines how intense I will be able to experience the sensation. Focusing on the sensation intensifies the waves of tingles so the longer they speak the better it is!

If I don't have to pay attention to content (see foreign language reference) or have to respond to someone (surveys excepted it seems) I can lose myself completely in the sensation. My favorite related memory was listening to my grandpa quietly tell stories in german to my father for hours...I was (secretely) in heaven :).

Happy Tingling Everyone!!!


De 4 years ago

I am 38 and have had this since I was little. I have Googled the sensation before, but this is the first that I have found an answer. Mine is triggered when I am going through a car wash, getting my hair washed at a salon (as a child), on the phone with customer service or a phone survey, and being waited on at stores. I also have trich (since I was 9) and am now wondering if subconsiously I was trying to replicate the phenomenon since pulling causes a tingling but not quite the same or as euphoric.


Mark 4 years ago

Googled it after just experiencing an event whilst at work listening and watching our IT department try and fix an issue with my PC

I have been getting the experiences since I was young, it was very distracting at school and still is very distracting as usually get the experiences when I need to be taking in information.

I have recently suffered migranes and although I do not think it is related can confirm that I ended up having an MRI scan and it showed up nothing... this is good news to anyone who is worried.

It is good to know that there are others out there who also experience the feelings but it would be good to know what is happening and if it is preventable as often it means I am missing something important that is being explained to me.

Typical triggers are

Watching some one do something in close proximity

Having something explained to me

Having my hair cut our stroked


Stacie 4 years ago

YES! I have this too. I recently was directed here when I was researching synesthesia. After reading a lot about both conditions,I'm venturing a guess that they are closely related to the same area of the brain. I also have some of the symptoms of synesthesia such as color association with letters, numbers, days of the week, months, but the "tingly" feeling that I suspected was part of being a synesthete is more related to what you have explained here. Mostly because it happens with more than one scenario. For me, even though it's mostly when I watch people draw or write, also watching fix things, organize, clean, etc. will also trigger it. Just yesterday, I was watching a photographer adjust the lens on her camera and it happened. I used to sort of be ashamed of it because it most certainly feels nice! It can have some downfalls though. It was very distracting in school when I was supposed to be learning especially since I went to Art School. I would find myself purposefully watching other students write and draw just so I could experience the the "tingle". Until now, when I would try to explain it, most would just think I was a nut! Good to know I'm not the only nut out here. Thank you for the info. I'm going to investigate this more and possible connections to synesthesia if there are any.


Yimba 4 years ago

This is the first page I have found since I started searching for a definition of this experience. It sounds almost exactly like what I have experienced for years. I'm the type that can actually make it happen at will and in pretty much any situation. Eyes open, eyes closed, in public, at home - doesn't matter. It feels like it originates in the brain stem somewhere and sends waves upwards throughout my brain but mostly along the topside. I've been scared after doing it for a while thinking that it may provoke some type of stroke or something but so far it's just a very pleasurable feeling.


Angora31 4 years ago

I get this at cafes and bars when I am waiting and watching the server make something for me. I never realized that so many other people had this with triggers relating to watching someone's hands! My other trigger is having my hair cut or done. I get the tingles maybe 10 times a year, so it is a lovely surprise when it happens! (I haven't been able to trigger it from videos.)


chewfan 4 years ago

I've been getting the head tingles since I was little. When people eat, especially when they chew loudly, the tingles shoot through my head. Whoever said it's like a head orgasm nailed it. That's exactly what it is. Although, for some strange reason when some of the people closest to me make chewing noises it has no effect. Everyone else does though. I think we're all blessed. Who wouldn't want a head orgasm?


Mauricio 4 years ago

I am 41 and have been feeling this sensation my whole life, less now that I am older. I am glad to know I am not the only one, don't know why I just decided to google it. A big trigger for me is to listen someone speak a foreign language that I don't understand.

Great article!


Julia 4 years ago

I first noticed this tingling sensation when I was in my early teens. I babysat for a little girl who liked to draw - that's when I first noticed it. (Even thinking about watching someone draw brings it on, like now!) It's also strong when I see someone typing on a computer. Listening to someone humming absent-mindedly can bring it on, too.

We all have an incredible amount of brain activity going on in our heads, but it's all very private and internal. When I watch someone draw or type, or I hear them unconsciously humming, it feels like I'm witnessing some of what's going on in their head. And that's why my head tingles - it's a brain-to-brain connection.


Clarabell White 4 years ago

I just typed in "glowing feeling in forehead" on a whim and came to this. My mind has been blown. I've always been able to call the feeling at will, though its sometimes triggered by other things. I'm really astounded that there's a name for it. I've never met anyone who could understand what I was talking about when I tried to describe this!


RandomGuyWhoKnowshit 4 years ago

you get that feeling when you are awakening; your third eye is starting to open, it's a sixth sense, try and stimulate it and you will see the light.


Lumpi 4 years ago

I get these tingles a lot and I always thought they were normal, but it's kinda cool that there's a name for it :D Interesting article, thank you!

Just a quick question, I am also a lucid dreamer, could that perhaps be linked to ASMR?


Ben 4 years ago

The wave from this video is so strong I feel it in both legs, my elbows, and feet (as well as the obvious head and back of the neck).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedd...


Ben 4 years ago

(continued) I'm 29 and I've gotten this feeling for as long as I can remember.


Ben 4 years ago

Holy crap... apparently I'm not the only one.

I get it repeatedly from the following:

1: People "smacking" their chewing gum... not loudly... but just enough to hear it "pop" occasionally.

2: Back-scratches, head-rubs, and haircuts.

3: Soft soothing or slow voices. I've gotten it from listening to Garrison Keillor from a Prairie Home Companion on NPR and I get it all the time from Esteban Vihaio's voice from Kill Bill vol 2. Start watching from 0:45 and see if you get it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flpxujAPNYE

Once I get the first "wave" which is usually a lesser, introductory tingle, I can almost always replicate the sensation by "passively focusing" on whatever has caused it. This usually causes the next wave or third wave to be very strong and euphoric.


Laura 4 years ago

Yes, I get this feeling too! I had been wondering if others felt it and if there was a specific name for it. I'm 14, female. I get it strongly when watching relaxing videos, or if people are touching my hair, or sometimes people talking.


Josh 4 years ago

I get this very often and use it to get to sleep using youtube and i love having it since i have a mild case of insomnia although i have drifted of before at the dentist any way thanks for this realy helped explain it


Nathan 4 years ago

Watching people do something for me or a person taking the time to explain something to me usually triggers this feeling in me. Someone else here mentioned getting their haircut triggers it and I have had the same experience. I love the feeling, it isn't a sexual feeling for me though, as some on here have said. For me it more like getting a mental massage, anyway that's the best way I can put it. If you are lucky enough to experience this effect, don't question it or worry about it, you aren't weird. Enjoy it!! :)


Josh843 4 years ago

Oh! I almost forgot... The way i can recall "learning" to trigger this sensation at will, Like i said in my last comment "i get this feeling a lot, mostly when listening to music" Its kinda hard to put into words but i just want EVERYONE to feel what i feel more, especially the ones who have NEVER exp this!!! Okay so, when i listen to music that i like, my favorite genre is (pop punk) i just get this really good feeling in my heart and soul and im sure people who will try this will most likely get instant effects unless you are a emotionless robot or something, jk jk. But right before this i was listening to music and i felt it and everything and the feeling takes over and goes away, kinda like the current of an ocean, yknow (innn and outtt) i guess hah. But for consciously triggering this, the last time i did it (like 5 minutes ago) i was imagining my body with my eyes closed looking up at the sun feeling the wind and the energy from the sun with my arms wide open. I wasnt thinking about the future or the past, i was completely in my own world for a minute, living in the now, per say. But i feel "powerful" i guess when i trigger this feeling...maybe its because i almost cry when i do it. But that is the best way i can help on this topic, the rest is completely up to you. Peace and Love!


Josh843 4 years ago

This is my first time looking this up even though i felt it all the time, i just figured it was the chills or something like that, but recently ive REALLY gotten into spirituality (not religion) and i get this feeling a lot, mostly when listening to music, but i can actually trigger it consciously! It is such an amazing feeling, im working on getting my whole body to feel that way but it will start either in the head, neck, or lower back, and it will travel throughout most of my body, im workin on getting this amazing feeling to cover my legs and lower half of my body. I dont wanna say too much and look foolish on here because im not some genius and im trying to lose ego so you see where im going with this. But hopefully my 3rd eye will open or ill be able to have OBE's or something playing around with this wonderful sensation more. Peace and Love!


Dave1235 4 years ago

I have always gotten this feeling, ever since I could remember... I find it odd that I never thought to research or talk to anyone about it and am now 20.. But I also find it to be an amazing feeling that cones at random times and once it has started, I try to focus and intensify as well as make this sensation last longer. I also share many of these triggers, the haircut is a for sure euphoria, as are many demonstrations or focusing on certain events. I do not normally assossiate it with music. However I have started to notice that I often get it when listening to a person with a foreign accent. Not sure if others experience this, but it happens very often for me.


Kim 4 years ago

Finally after watching a movie and experiencing what you all call ASMR and turned to my 14 year old daughter and asked do you ever get a fussy tingly sensation in your head, arms and legs...........she gave gave me a blank stare like I was a nut and then smiled and said why are you asking me that dad. I explained to her what I fearfully would not say to anyone due to many past experiences as a teen to again only be looked at like some kind of a nut. Anyway she said yes and asked me what it was.

Finally someone who could relate but still aloof as an early teen not wanting to be remotely to have something in common with her dad........yuck! Non the less now the questions persisted that an all knowing father could easily explain the physiology behind it, only to offer a simple "I don't know sweetie".

Anyway, I did a quick web search and presto I was on this site looking for info so I could explain the whole ball of wax to her. I handed her the iPad and said here it is, read it and let me know. After a minute she looked up and smiled and said this is it dad. So want to thank all of you for your comments to reinforce what I knew was different!

For me it almost always triggers through empathy seen and acted by others and selfless giving either live, movie or fabricated mentally. Even the anticipation of seeing the act of that love by others or knowing that they are caring to act to help in anything "without expectation" drives the flow from the head, down the cheeks into the peripheral areas of the chest, arms and legs.......I find it usually occurs on the most sensitive areas of the skin. It varies depending on the intensity of the trigger and can multiple wave over and over. My daughter like many others here has it when someone cuts or brushes her hair, seems like when someone pays attention to her voluntarily without request. For me it is only empathy and acts of kindness but also I have it usually when anticipating some song or music moment when or knowing that the writer must have desired the words or melody to again represent some act of kind human emotion.

I have grown to use it since a child to kind of know when someone is telling the truth or is sincere........the sure sign when the wave hits. I always felt it was a spiritual connection that can't be captured, almost like the connection between the soul or spirit with the body it drives......somehow it seems connected. Like everyone else it does feel great and sometimes feels like a reward for seeing the good acted out in others, or in music etc.. Hoping it keeps on giving and never runs out. Thank you all!


Celia 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this! I've had the tingling sensation all my life but i never realized it was uncommon until couple of days ago when my friend linked me "the virtual barbershop" and i really loved the sound of feeling the scissors and the razor close to my ear. After watching it I discussed it with my friend who thought it was scaringly real and she just felt like getting away from the scissor sound. I felt really confused because i had enjoyed the sound and after that i had just had to go find similar vids from youtube and somehow i ended up here and your article just explains so much! Thank you! :)


Darcey Mussey 4 years ago

I have had this happen to me all my life! I didn't realize some people didn't! I found out when I was around 20, I have Asperger's... anybody else have both? perhaps a small connection? Thoughts?


Valerie 4 years ago

Woah! I had no idea this was a more generalized phenomenon -- I just learned there was a name for it last night. I've experienced this intermittently since I was a kid. I'm excited to learn more about it, and also to check out those videos that are supposed to stimulate the feeling, since as we ASMR-ers know, it's suuuper pleasant.


Jack 4 years ago

Everything in this site is exactly what it's like with me. On that section about it being with musicians and artists, is very true. I am a Drummer and Guitarist, so I would guess that makes me a musician, and I get this sensation a lot with all of the triggers that have been mentioned. Just like a lot of you guys and girls I thought that I was the only one in the whole world with this "ASMR". I am truly glad to see that I am not. It does feel very pleasurable and I highly doubt that it is anything erroneous. I am glad I went to this site. It has cleared it up for me. Although I just accept that I get the sensation.

By the way, that video experiment worked perfectly. I got the sensation as soon as he started talking. He has a very soft, relaxing voice and it also occurred from the knife scratching and watching him create the picture (Did this happen with others aswell?).

One more thing - Considering how you stated that a lot of the occurrences tend to be with musicians and artists (People generally creative), I wonder if there are many musicians out there that experience this sensation? Anybody else think so?

Anyway, good luck to all of you with uncovering this strange phenomenon! Glad to see there are others out there that experience it! It does feel heavenly doesn't it?


Annika 4 years ago

I myself have thought that everyone feels this somehow (I haven't talked about this with anyone outside internet, though), so it's weird to hear that there are people who don't experiment this at all.

I've experimented it as long as I remember. Sometimes it's challenging to listen to some people who, for some reason, happen to have voice that "starts" this feeling.


Glecy 4 years ago

hi im glad im not alone i just experienced this tingling in my head last night when i was watching & listening on you tube some Reiki Meditation. it goes away but comes back whenever i listen 2 some peaceful music. that night also i dream about seeing the crucifiction of Jesus it was the 3 cross and Jesus at d middle then suddenly i heard his voice but did not see him jst his voice from heaven but i dont remember what he told me. all i remember was he had the most beautiful voice that would realy touch d heart.. someone help me d meaning of dis dream? i remember also when i was graders dreaming of the virgin Mary on a cave.. and crying because i felt her pain and also the feeling of seeing her is unexplainable feeling.. anyways im 23 now.. im also a musician, i love nature.. and dis is the first tym i felt this feeling..


Res 4 years ago

Ryan, your comment scares me because ive had troubles goung to sleep throught the years... I hope that has nothing to do with this


Ryan 4 years ago

This sensation for a very large amount of people that experience this see it as a good thing. Unfortunately for me I don't.

Over years of being addicted to this 'tingling' feeling in my head, I realised it relaxed me. This was at the age of about 7 I realised this. I am 18 now and still get ASMR with many different triggers.

"That's normal what's wrong with that?"

The problem is, it use to relax me so much it was the only way I got to sleep, feeling this 'ASMR' or tingley feeling.

I have seen many sleep theropists now over a stretch of years and haven't discussed the 'asmr' with any of them after the first one.

When I told a doctor the reason I thought I couldn't sleep he said it was anxiety and that the 'feeling' I was having was no different to anyone else in stressful situations and that it would stop with 'some help'.

I knew even after all those hour long sleep therapy sessions that I wasn't crazy and thought I was the only one with this 'feeling'.

I now have apparantly what is called 'severe insomnia' where it will take strong medication to help me sleep.

I tried this medication and surely enough I fell asleep, but they are ridiculously addictive if over-used and I don't want to be in that mess.

I hope this doesn't happen to anybody else, and if it has, does anybody on here have and advice or a way of helping me?

I was glad to find a website that confirmed I wasn't crazy, it was be like icing on a cake if someone could help me?

Thank you if you took the time to read all of this, it's now taken over my life with only a few hours sleep a day and constantly feeling restless.

Ryan.


Glad 4 years ago

Woow im so happy im not a freak. Or perheaps we are all freaks. Either way I have not much to add except the one thing nobody mentions. The sound of a chalk while someone was writing on the blackboard used to trigger this for me all throughout the high school. It actually made Math class enjoyable can you believe it ?


Kezlo 4 years ago

Wow, this is so SO interesting. To think there’s a name for this ‘blissing out’ which I’ve experienced all my life! I have never really discussed it with anyone, just enjoying it as a personal, secret thing. I had noticed that people around me never talk about anything like this, except perhaps in the context of discussing hypnotism and the soothing power of the hypnotic voice.

I’m a physically (and emotionally) sensitive female, so I’ve taken this to be the enjoyable flip-side, the silver lining, the special ‘bonus’ to being “too sensitive”. I have described the sensation as though my brain is being stroked and caressed by a velvet-gloved hand.

My bliss-out triggers have been mostly aural, apart from having my hair washed, which also works. I have actually paid for scalp massages seeking the same effect but not getting it - so I think the added sound of water running is heavily involved.

I respond mainly to certain softly spoken female voices – often in person, definitely on the phone. Some male voices too, in recorded messages which I listen to over and over. What triggers me the most is where microphones, phones, or recording equipment picks up those further little mouth noises. I often bliss out when a female flight attendant is on an inflight PA, especially if she has an accent.

I’m a big fan of Lita’s massageclips on You Tube –I watch a clip at the end of every work day and she never fails to bring it on (though sometimes I am too relaxed to leave work!) But it only works when she is describing her massage technique – but not when she is doing a relaxation track. That’s the thing – vocals designed for relaxation seldom work for me – it is other things, explanations, demonstrations.

I’ve noticed people say it gets lesser as you get older. Well I am 45 and am experiencing it more strongly than ever this year. BUT I am currently taking anti-anxiety meds, and suspect these have enhanced the effect. Hooray!

We are so lucky to experience this! Right – am off to listen to Lita while I work... (it’s almost an addiction)


Courteous Grump 4 years ago

Oh, my God...I am 45 and I thought I was the only person in the world who experienced this. I call them brain orgasms. The blood rush, the euphoric, floating, detached, yet super-plugged in to The Way of the universe; the floating, precious, tingling, evacuation of mental and spiritual trash, brain rush - the best ones leave me so chill and sleepy that it, indeed, feels chemically induced. I can't believe I found you! When I was a small child, I would ask this one friend of mine to walk around my bedroom as though I wasn't there, touching and nosing around my things. I would lay on my bed and feel what I've just described. Also, being lightly touched, in a non-sexual way, as if exploring the topography of my skin, analytically did it. Also watching someone place items in a paper grocery bag does it, but they don't use them so much anymore and everyone is always in such a rush that it ruins the potential. I can't believe this is a common phenomenon with a name and a group! I will tune in from now on. Thank you!!


Dirk83 4 years ago

Yea I know this also :)).

I get it at random times. It seems to relate to anything and can intensify depending on circumstances.

Like once in the train when someone was eating an apple and the sound of the bites and chewing would totally space me out, and then the focusing on the temperature in the train being just on the warm side of perfect and it made me almost completely numb... It's better than weed or anything else I know.

I also get it with people typing, people talking and it somehow seems to be very amplified if there's a woman involved, or clean and pretty woman's hands for instance.

I get it with music from time to time and when sound switches fast from left to right ear (or vice versa).


Abraham Darwin 4 years ago

Like many here, I find hair cutting to be an effective trigger. An advantage to being male is that the barber usually uses the electric trimmer around the edges and neck, which I've always found reliable as a source of tingles. A hot towel shave is also tingly.

One thing I haven't seen anyone mention is an experience I got into as a child, looking out the back door at heavy rain. Our back yard and those of the neighbours had a variety of different objects for the rain to fall on, making intermittent noises each on its own timetable - systematic, but unpredictable.

This may be why videos wear out: just as humour is based on a sudden resolution of one interpretation of the world into another, tingles appear to rely on an unrequited desire for pattern resolution. As long as your analytical mind is distracted looking for the resolution of a pattern, your artistic mind is free to float. If you memorize a pattern through too-frequent viewing, your analytical mind will lose interest in it.


Ramos, Marvin 4 years ago

I have thiiiisss feeeeling!!

It's not sexual at all just relaxing and good feeling idk. I get it sometimes when I hear whispering or a person with a raspy voice!!! bomb ass feeling tinglyy


lou 4 years ago

i've also experienced these tingling feelings. Thanks to YouTube, i can now find clips that i can enjoy mainly at night before going to bed. But the most stimulus sensation i've experienced was always during work, on a phone call mainly dealing with customer service (with mostly females)and typing is involved. Good thing is that it feels soo daym good to the point i almost fall asleep and hoping to stay in that moment for long time. Bad new is a phone call must end at one point, and sometimes i had no idea what happened or what the call was about LOL! many times i had to ask the representatives to repeat the problem, which is kind of embarrassing. In fact, i just had a phone call with a customer service girl but very short. I chased it by another call but nothing happened *sigh* wish i can control these brain activities.


Adam 4 years ago

I've had this all my life and oddly enough I'm a musician. I get it when someone combs my hair, cuts it, to music and to people whispering. I suggest checking out some of the whispering channels on Youtube if you want a hit of this. I also get it in places like the doctor's or dentist when they are concentrating on me and I watch what they're doing with fascination. It's never been a sexual feeling, maybe that's because I've had it since I Was little and didn't know what sex was, I don't know. It's more of a normal sensation to me such as feeling cold or warm, I never thought anything of it. But recently I was wondering what it was called then wondered why nobody else seemed to know what it was when I had always thought it was standard. Found this blog and happy it actually does exist haha!


Stuart 4 years ago

Wow. I can't believe I found this, I had no idea anyone else got this. Not sure why but it didn't occur to me that it could be a 'thing' that others get. Only reason I searched for it now is cos I just got it again, first one for a while.

The main trigger for me is vibration! If I can feel someone doing something then it sets it off. I also find that if I am tired to begin with then it helps trigger it. The one about having your hair washed by someone is definitely up there as a trigger for me too.

I remember when I first got this when I was a kid at school, I was feeling the vibration of a kid colouring in a book through his desk.

I clearly remember it being the first time ever, I wasn't scared or anything, but wondering what the hell it was and then just immediately putting it on the pile of all the other stuff I didn't understand about life cos I was a kid.

I got it just now cos a guy was opening and closing a filing cabinet looking for something. It hasn't entirely gone away yet but it's not as intense as the first 30 seconds anymore.

I WISH I knew how to provoke it! I sometimes get it when my girlfriend fingers through my hair and says I have dandruff, so basically I stopped washing my hair so she keeps up the curiosity. I should really tell her.


Gursheel 4 years ago

I think i have got some interesting theory .

According to it , has anyone thought which i think its common among AMSR Sensors or Person experiencing ASMR, that is we all are very spiritual and gentle in nature. we often remain calm in many agitated situations. We are very spiritual. If i am right, then the feeling which we are experiencing is some sort of chakra or chi or maybe some type of physical energy that we can manipulate all round of our body from our will. The most common example of this is when we think of Chinese monks or or any other martial art user . They say that they use their chakra or chi to exert pressure or force to counter the force of the impact of any physical attacks like punch, kick or from any other tool. The difference is that those monks learn to generate that energy but we guys generated that energy naturally or by accident or by that videos you guys are talking about. Well, i am not saying its a holy power or something but it can be some type of physical energy or heat .

What about you guys ?? What do you think about that ?

It may be matter of discussion , I guess .


yediydyah patrick alexander 4 years ago

shalom everyone

my experience with this sensation began when i started to listen to the sermons of brother william marrion branham, a mighty preacher and prophet 1909 to 1965 he preached a sermon called "souls that are in prison now"

i continued to have this tingling over my head and my research of photographing the supernatural led me to have a picture taken above my head and to my surprise a zoomed in process identified this prison where-in souls were hemmed in a valley surrounded by what looked like demonic creatures - this is weired but the images i zoomed into revealed the souls in prison - anyone interested can email me ptrck_lxndr@yahoo.com for these photos - i know the process of revealing what G-d wants you to see...all you out there who felt this tingling send me a photo just above your scalp area - taken when you feel this tingling and i will return my findings...i think i have an idea of why its happening to us...


Stalls 4 years ago

I am so glad to have found this website! I never knew this was an actual phenomenon. I used to get it much more when I was a young man, watching someone next to me slowly, quietly leaf through a rice-paper hymnal in church services at school. My perspective almost zoomed in to that stimulus to the exclusion of all others. It is intensely pleasurable. It usually has to be quiet, and whispering as well as watching someone massage or getting a massage bring it on strongly. I am straight and like women but being in close proximity to and watching young men my age speak with their mouth full or eat food, especially with lots of lip-smacking, loud crunching, mixed with the inhalation/exhalation sound of air passing over the food in the mouth, finger sucking, rubbing hands briskly to get rid of crumbs, and just general eating noisiness brings it on VERY intensely for me and in the cases of young men eating will give me an instant erection. In fact these episode can be so intensely pleasurable I have playlists of loud crunching/eating noises on my iPod, but I have to be sure it is male, otherwise it doesn't work at all! It was pretty awkward trying to explain it to my friends when these noises came on shuffle one time!


Harness 4 years ago

the entire time ive been reading other comments here ive been feeling the buzz. ive had it as far back as i can remember and im now 33 though i cant recall my first episode. it starts like a wonderful vibration halo that works its way down from the top of my head to my brainstem to my shoulders n spine down to my calfs sometimes if its powerful enough to get that far. Bob Ross HAS also been a trigger. He's so calm n relaxing and soothing. usually its a super nice elderly stranger that triggers it just by talking. the most powerful episode i had was in 4th grade listening to a pastor talk at church. sometimes he would pause,,, and it was like his lips had been stuck together. when he resumed talking his lips parted with a sticky smack sound. (it should have creeped me out, but it just triggered the buzz way hardcore). i was sitting on the outside of the pew already feeling the tingle and from the back of the church an elderly women was walking up front to take communion. i didnt see her coming but as she got next to me she stopped just for a moment and gave my shoulder a light pinch, just a silent hello. when i looked up at her she was smiling down at me (like she knew i was already feeling it). with me already buzzing from the pastor and then the double whammy of the shoulder pinch from the smiling lady, my brain almost exploded. to this day i can think back to that and get the feeling all over again, only not as powerful. i dont think that she actually knew what i was feeling but sometimes i think about The Shining when they first arrive at the hotel and are getting the tour from the elderly fella and he knows that Danny has the shining too because he also has it himself. blahblahblah thats just me. like i said, my sister gets it but neither was of us knew the other had it until one night a few years ago we just started talking about it. up until that night we both just assumed as individuals that we were the only person on the planet that had these experiences. im so glad other people get to feel it and i hope research on this can be done. i also agree that it is an undercurrent of love and niceness generated from the trigger person. Thanks everybody, hope u all feel it again soon


Harness 4 years ago

Both my younger sister and i have these experiences too bad my older brother doesnt im so happy other people know of this and can feel it it doesnt seem fair that only some can get this sensation i wish i could produce it in pill form so everybody could feel it


Wow 4 years ago

I get this all the time. I've looked for a scientific explanation for it for years with no luck. I wish someone could do a study on it so I could try to bring it on more often. This feeling is better than drugs. It rivals orgasm, but it longer and non-sexual in nature.


Moonstone 4 years ago

I've had this since I was very little, the most powerfully when the nit nurse used to check our heads once every few months, and whenever a librarian would give us a tour and talk in hushed tones about the dewey (sp?) system of filing books. Once I had an Indian head massage and nearly took off. I've been thinking about getting another one recently, just to see if I can have this feeling again. I get it at the hairdresser too but different people have different effects in that regard. One of the girls who washes hair at the salon I use is also trained in shiatsu massage and it's incredibly intense when she does it. The biggest trigger for me these days is a certain taxi driver who takes me home from work occasionally - he has a very slow, soft voice, I could listen to him for hours. There's also a tv chef called Nigel Slater who does everything very slowly and deliberately and it happens when I watch him.


PaulK 4 years ago

Humm i have those feelings that means i have this rare disease. :)


me 4 years ago

I've discussed this feeling g with mmny of my friends. some look at me like I'm dumb but I always knew I wasn't pulling this out of my ass. only one other person knew what I was talking about


KimB 4 years ago

I've been having these feeling in my head for a long time, I can't trigger them myself (what I know of, yet) , I get it at random. It often comes when I think about nothing, or if im not aware of that I'm thinking, It's really hard to explain, Im not sure that im a type A och B ...

I know what you all mean by watching someone do a task or someone is trying hard to satisfy you etc.. I love the feeling, but I often encounter it when Im having a hard time in life, or experiencing strong emotion, or if im self critic myself and experiencing an "Aha" moment.

The feeling is vibration in the back of my head, either in the whole head or left/right side och the back brain, it feels orgasmic and I have always reffered it to Healing in some sort, it feels like my brain is healing.

I have also read that it can be spiritual, like the CROWN CHAKRA is open or if you are near a SPIRITUAL AWAKENING/KUNDILUNI.


cscldr 4 years ago

Thank you for the information! Until a few years ago I thought I was the only one who experienced this, since then I have discovered the asmr/whisper community on youtube and my eyes have been opened up to the tons of people who share this feeling. I'm so addicted to voluntarily triggering my asmr by watching videos geared toward my triggers!


Gursheel Singh 4 years ago

hi guys i am from india ..

i also had this feeling for 5 years . Although before it happened spontaneously but i think i can trigger it by myself and can prolong it at my will...

i generally trigger it by meditation .

it gives me good feeling and increases my concentration .

Although tingeling effect is quite something i appreciate because i think it makes me gentle sometimes .

you know after all these years .. i am 20 now ... i think this is good thing ..

i don't know about you guys but it makes me feel positive .


Elza 4 years ago

Does anyone else with ASMR have certain sound or sights that BOTHER them? There are a few things that I absolutely can't stand. Like, if anybody near me puts anything cloth in their mouth, the sound of it against their teeth and even just looking at it makes me gag, and don't even mention cloth in MY mouth, even just thinking about it is making me slightly nauseous... There are some others too, just wondering if it is related or something completely different...


elisa 4 years ago

Wow! I'm amazed at this thread... I thought I was the only person in the world who experienced this! My trigger is when I watch someone concentrate on doing something, especially taking things apart or building things. I also get it when I watch people cleaning something (wiping or mopping). I've only told my sister about it and she did not get it at all hahaha... This is a much more common condition than I thought it was! Thanks for the article!


liquid 4 years ago

I get it when a female co-worker whom I share an office with eats crunchy chips. very intense and I don't even like her.


At1 4 years ago

Just had another hour of euphoria and just thought I'd look up the symptoms. I am coming 54 and have had this gift since early childhood and can induce it at will which is wonderful. Prolonged bouts induce the cool tingly sensation down the body to arms and legs, get goose bumps too. I've never spoken about it except to my kids who unfortunately do not seem to have the ability, never found anyone else who's had it. I had a really weird episode when shopping before Christmas, I found myself starting up a 'rush' as I term it and when it was in full flow it felt like I had grown to giant size and was walking through streets filled with dwarves, quite bizarre. Had some interesting episodes when I was a kid too. Have always thought I was a bit nuts which I probably am, sure the wife thinks so!


anon 4 years ago

I get this sensation ALL the time

Even thinking about gives me that tingly feeling, I never knew how to describe it and I've never really talked about it. When it's gone I feel empty though :/ Pretty much anything triggers it, especially reading or listening to something


Alexandra Tibbo 4 years ago

I'm glad I found this webpage! I'm sure if what I have is ASMR, but if any of you could confirm what is I would be very happy! So here's my story:

A couple months ago, I started watching these youtube videos from a channel called RRcherrypie. Basically, he takes these japanese DIY candy food things and makes them. The videos are extremely relaxing, and the only sounds are usually the crinking of the plastic packages, and light scraping noises when he mixes things up. I noticed that when I watched these and listened to the sounds, I got these tingly shudders going all throughout my body. Not my head, but my back and sometimes my arms. I looked up videos similar to his and noticed on some of them in brackets it read ASMR. So I looked it up, and came to this webpage and totally related. Like it said above, I always got those rippling tingles whenever I went to get a haircut, and whenever my mom would brush my hair, I'd get them. I also get them when I watch people draw, cook (calmly, not restaurant type cooking)and sculpt, Also, when a teacher is reading and making those lovely page turning noises.


Ebony 4 years ago

I was Bob Ross. It's a feeling that makes me so relaxed that sometimes I get upset when it goes away.


Ebony 4 years ago

Thank God..I thought I was alone. this was my first time looking it up. I honestly didnt think that i would get any answers or anything at all similar to the way i feel. The video of that artist really triggered mine when i was younger. I'm at the age of 19 now and they continue to occur..during food network channels and new people i have to associate myself with at my job. I feel so much better. thankyou so much


Paul Brunotte 4 years ago

What triggers it for me is the part of the movie in i-robot when dr calvin is checking out will smiths injury and she goes all the way up his arm and onto his chest


Luke 4 years ago

I thought everyone had this from time to time! It's usually triggered for me by pleasant nostalgia or especially someone doing something nice for me or softly touching my hair or scratching my back. Recently I got tingles from a hand massage from a pretty British girl and felt an awesome light-headed euphoria.. and I'm also an artist/musician.. wow so many similarities we all have! I also get ASMR when I talk to people who are very in-tune with their spirit and just emit pure good energy. I know that last sentence makes me sound like some trippy hippy and would somehow not hold up in the "science world" but hey: ITS REAL. People emit energy. The strongest I ever felt it was in San Francisco after meeting a young woman from Africa who was there with a dance team but stranded and hardly knew English. She walked up to me sparkly and bright eyed (no, not on drugs) just to chat while I was waiting for a friend outside their apartment. She wasn't asking for money or sympathy or anything, but just to talk despite her being broke and stranded away from home, and having just been let out of the hospital due to an attempted rape the night before that led her fighting for her life- and the guy even bit off the end of her pinky before she could escape! It looked gnarley! But the strangest thing was that this woman was so bright and had such a positive outlook, and wanted to wish me a good day and even prayed for me in her language! I should have been praying for her! While talking to this most beautiful of women I had the strongest uplifting ASMR I've ever had in my entire body and kept glowing the rest of the day. When my friend came out, she was entranced by the woman's healing power too. We couldn't stop talking about how wonderful the feeling was after she left and how pure and saintly she was. I have met other positively charged beings that gave me pleasant tingles on my scalp before, but this woman was lightyears beyond, positively charging my entire body with the feeling. I hope to meet that woman again one day or at the very least to someday emit even just a bit of the type of good vibrations that woman projected. ASMR is why I believe in the human soul. It's your soul that tingles when you get that great feeling!


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Anti-Valentine 4 years ago from My lair Author

Lulu, don't beat yourself up about this. Most people regard it as a gift to have this phenomenon. I can't really grasp why you hate it so much. Sometimes I think it's the one thing in this world that I really cherish above everything else.


Daniel 4 years ago

I can cause this feeling consciously


Lulu 4 years ago

I just realized I have this stupid disease and I hate it its so annoying is there any cure because it annoys me so much I feel like smashing my head. I'd rather feel happiness than stupid ASMR


highschool 4 years ago

I'm an extremely high acheiver and so its very very hard for me to relax. however, i've had amsr or whatever ever since i could remember (sometimes making school pretty weird for me, especially if the teacher is talking slowly or telling a story) I always thought that it was some crazy thing that only i had, but whenever i feel calm (which is rarely for me) I get hit by the tingles, as well as if i hear a story or passage (especially ones that i can easily visualize) thanks for the article, it made me realize that i'm not a freak haha!


Maddness 4 years ago

I had never really though too much about why I got this until I came here, and It is good to know I am not the only one in the world :). I would never tell my family about this, but it helps me explain why this happens to me and how I feel afterwards (generally a bit irritable, especially if the sensation is interrupted). Thanks for making this page, it has really helped.


stringpicker 4 years ago

Great article! I'm 30 and I remember having this feeling ever since I was a child. It usually happens in reaction to certain songs, or when people play with my hair. However, for the past few months I have started to feel it when studying or reading articles and to be frank, it is becoming very annoying as it prevents me from concentrating, so I have to keep taking quick breaks. Is anybody else going through this?


Axle 4 years ago

Wow this is crazy. I’m 17 and really just found my ASMR. My triggers are different then most but the outcome is beyond amazing. My trigger I most commonly use is being in a completely dark room lying down with earphones and music. Usually fast past music such as dubstep only makes the experience super powerful. Also i am an aspired fantasy author so when imaging about it while with the music creates amazingness. This can last for as long as I concentrate but I never do more than 10 min. it always starts with head then back. But if it’s really good it will crawl up to my cheats and then waves go up and down in my body, it’s so unreal.

Some other triggers are mostly random that all have to do with high emotions that are typically good


freexky 4 years ago

BTW, has someone thought that this can be more common, or more noticed between man, becouse they have much more hair in the back or chest, as it is related to piloerection?


dobdob 4 years ago

Today at work I thought about that feeling. At home I started listening to a "Virtual haircut" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUDTlvagjJA) and somehow found a board on reddit called ASMR. I was like, wtf does that mean? So I google it and bam ASMR ASMR ASMR all over my head. I seem to be able to trigger it by just thinking about it. I'll follow this blog. Thanks :D


Matt 4 years ago

Huh, this was the exact explaination i was looking for. Ive always had that feeling when someone draws on my hands or paints my face, as well as when someone verbally quizes or interviews me. Very odd...


Melissa 4 years ago

I found your blog by accident. I had Googled as to why I get the chills when people talk. I'm sitting and listenting to my daughter talk in a low voice, while typing on her keyboard, both which send my head into a spinning euphoric happy place. I tickle my arms, just to scratch it. I love my hair to be played with. So many of these match up...I even get mad when my husband stops playing with my hair. :) It just feels good. I suppose you understand. I always thought I was a bit odd-but this makes me feel normal and even unique. Thanks!


Bunny 4 years ago

I am 14 years old and definitely have had this as far back as I can remember. It used to happen so easily when I was a younger kid, and I'd try to explain it to my mom and I remember saying something along the lines of "like a halo had come to rest on my head and moves down", now I usually only get little tingles in the crown of my skull. I am a painter, and I recently started taking classes for oils, and whenever my soft spoken female instructor would lean over to make minor adjustments on my canvas, I get the major tingles. I am wondering though, I was one of those down to earth nature obsessed kids and had it often, and now that I'm older and unfortunately more sucked into a technological world I get it less. Connection? Don't know.

I've also got another unnamed feeling, if you're even read this comment.

When I wall into places with deep spiritual connotations such as a church or a cathedral, or old places, or sometimes even just places I haven't been in a while, my head sort of stops I guess and there's this almost bass-y pulse. It's even harder to describe than this tingly head thing. Anyways. Thanks for the time, if you bothered.

Much love,

Bunny


guzsaj 4 years ago

The article you wrote was so touching and gentle, I started ASMR right away. :)

I'm almost sure this is what I have.

I think this is a feeling of love. You never ASMR at people killing each other. It's the physical realization of love. I'm just... astonished. I hope science will pick up on this one!


ASMRer 4 years ago

I get it from listening to old people or smokers. I've experienced it since I was a kid. However, I also have vasovagal syncope, and the last time it happened, I almost lost consciousness. I wonder if there's a correlation between ASMR and heart rate/blood flow. I do get numbness in other parts of my body when it happens.

I think it's so weird that there are commonly-recognized triggers. I have also felt like that while watching a woman go through her purse, and that others have reported the same trigger makes no sense to me.


jamie 4 years ago

I have this all the time & have since I was a child. Finally, someone else knows what I'm talking about!!! Now that I'm older, it comes alive in my sex life as well. Anyone else experience that?


Meg 4 years ago

I've been experiencing it since childhood, the interesting thing is until I started listening to whispers on youtube I thought it was very common and everyone had it from time to time, it's just not talked of, but the more I look into it the more I realise it's not the case.

Another thing I have noticed is that the more I try to cause the feeling to appear by watching or listening to things that cause it, the more difficult it becomes to get it, not really sure why...


Katherine 4 years ago

One specific scene where this happens to me is the Ollivander's scene in the first Harry Potter movie. When he's in there getting his wand, every time! I replay the scene sometimes just to get the feeling.


Ty 4 years ago

I have experienced this for as long as I can remember. There are many different triggers from the sound of chalk on a blackboard to watching someone paint or write. When I experience the sensation I never want to it to end. The euphoric rush is so sudden but so pleasurable. I'm glad there are other people out there who can relate.


Julie s 4 years ago

I can not believe this is actually a real thing. Am 25 n until this day thought I was the only 1 n quite weird. I get it wen people talk mostly at work n show me how to do things on the computer. But it's happened for aslong ad I remember at school when teachers were talking


petuniafish 4 years ago

Same,same. I'm a 59 year old woman. Have had since childhood and describe as an enormously pleasurable tingling of the brain. Remember being about four years old and in church...watched another little girl intensely shining a small gold box. Her concentration and devotion to getting every scratch out of that shiny box was the first time I noticed that fantastically nice feeling. Everytime she would stop and look at me the feeling would go away and I'd want to cry. She'd resume and the lovely feeling would return. As an adult the feeling comes on again when I watch someone doing a task intensely- scrubbing/polishing a floor, painting. I can bring it on at will recalling the experience but not as intensely as watch an activity. Gosh- can't believe this is a phenomenon others share!


Livtonoid 4 years ago

Great article!

I have a YouTube channel dedicated to ASMR sounds: http://www.youtube.com/user/Livtonoid


Tibby Vaughan 4 years ago

I´ve had this since childhood and never thought anyone else had it. Its so hard to explain and my triggers are weired

1. basicaly when someone teaches me something

2 really strong when some one with a foreign accent takes great pains to explain somthing to me !! That I ALREADY KNOW!

I smile and nod with my brain tingling away not wanting them to stop.

and 3. For example if a sales person is trying hard to sell me somthing i know i wont buy.

It seems the trigger is linked to a kind of attention I receive .

Never bothered to explain it to someone else just googled it now on a whim as was very pleased to find ´I´m not alone


Sn355 4 years ago

I have been having this feeling too, it happens when someone i don't usually know or talk to does something nice for me. It always makes me feel good


SK 4 years ago

I get this now and again. I never discussed it with anyone but because I found this site I mentioned it to my wife thinking everyone got it but she looked at me like something was wrong with me. I do have this worry that either a) I'm physically broken or b) mentally broken.


daiton 4 years ago

wow ive been experienceing this since i was 8 and i never thought anything of it untill now but i looked at the causes and there the same that cause me to feal the tingleing thanks for posting this


LAinChg 4 years ago

I get this feeling and it is very much, as you describe, a head orgasm. I discovered that the sound of turning pages is guaranteed to make my head numb (more pleasant than a xanax or muscle relaxer) and my eyes blur. The crisper the pages the better! I have several movies with "page turning" scenes queued up on my DVR, I watch them just before going to sleep. Just today I found numerous audio-videos of this sound on youtube. This is a shared guilty pleasure!


Jocelyn M 4 years ago

Oh and I also do find I get goosebumps when this happens as well. And usually when I listen to Bob Ross, or specific friends reading to me, or whisper videos, I tend to have a more intense feeling when the volume is a bit lower. Loud enough that I can hear it, but still somewhat quiet. The feeling is like a wave, in my head and neck, and kind of feels like my brain shrinks for second, thats how I used to describe it anyway haha. Touch occasionally triggers it.


Courtney 4 years ago

Wow! I had no idea there was actually a name for this. I remember when I was younger I would play school with my friends. I was always the teacher so I could make them be quiet and do work. I always got these tingling feelings in my head from the silence in the room. Soft voices, a light tickling, the silence of a room and massages always gave me this feeling. And let me tell you, its very addictive. Youre missing out if you dont get this feeling.


Michelle 4 years ago

So neat to find this! I've never known how to describe it and it's happened my whole life. For me it kicks in at times when something really piques my interest. Doesn't seem to have an aural cue.


Ryan 4 years ago

I get these when someone is concentratimg really hard or talking in a soft vo.ice


EG 4 years ago

From what I can recall I have been able to control this sensation since puberty around age 11(26 now). Throughout the years I've actually learned to increase the intensity, duration and frequency of the sensations but they are also triggered by external sources from intense pleasurable sensory signals from great music , favorite food, etc...

Not sure if it's linked to brain development, since the control manifested with around puberty. From my personal searching through the web and medical books, I always thought the sensations where caused by a controlled response of electrical signals sent to the pituitary gland to release endorphins via the bloodstream into the brain and spinal cord causing the wave like sensation.

On a side note I was wondering if anyone else get goosebumps sometimes with the sensations. I thought they were both related because the electrical signals would continue throughout my body causing the small muscles around the hair follicles to contract. Out of curiosity could ASMR have another group type? I am able to control the sensations in almost any environment unlike type a group but I am also prone to uncontrolled triggers as in type b group from external sensory stimuli.


4 years ago

I only get it when I am touched. But i have experienced this since i was a child. So spooky!


Dr. To-Be 4 years ago

First off, I wanted to mention that I am currently in my third year of medical school, and that I'm hoping as my education continues I may be able to help shed some more light on this topic (since it appears that this sensation is not a major subject of research in the medical field).

I've experienced this feeling for as long as I can remember. Up until recently I was under the assumption that this was a common experience for everybody. Then a couple months ago, I happened to mention it to my girlfriend while we were watching a person draw... She (a Neurology Graduate, and also medical student) said she had never experienced this feeling, nor heard of anybody with similar experiences. This is when my interest in the sensation heightened...

Following days of research, my intrigue peaked as I realized that there is an entire online community discussing this phenomenon, yet there are essentially no questions really being answered. It would be great if a proper scientific investigation was done, but as the author of this page suggested, this is simply not a "medically significant" issue. And although I am very interested in the matter, I agree that it is much better to focus scientific efforts on finding new treatments/cures for diseases like Alzheimer's or cancer.

But with that said, this phenomenon still interests me and I don't see why we still can't ask questions and look for answers in our own personal time. Thus, one of my main questions is about this community. As far as I know, we really have no idea how large this population of "experiencers" even is... Or what we have in common. An example would be to ask: do any of you ever experience 'unpleasant feelings' while watching people perform tasks? Personally, I sometimes cringe when I hear or see dry hands rub on paper (as odd as that may seem). Now if a lot of us have these factors that make us cringe -- almost like an opposite sensation to the one we are all talking about -- then we might gain a bit more knowledge on this whole situation. But please don't give common experiences, such as nails running across a chalkboard.

That is just one very specific example and maybe it doesn't apply to anybody. But these are the type of investigations we need to make. What about genetic components? Has anybody found family members with similar experiences? Personally, I asked my parents and they said they 'kinda' know what I'm talking about, but I'm worried this is being confused with the common sensation often known as "chills" or "goosebumps" (which seems to be way too frequently mistaken with the unique sensation we are talking about here). But anyway, I know this has gone on way too long and most of you likely said "Too long, didn't read," and I don't blame you. I just figured I would throw this out there for the individuals who are genuinely intrigued by this "unknown feeling" and want to take a scientific approach at exploring it. There are many more questions that I would like to ask right now, but I believe this post has gone on long enough...

Just food for thought.

Cheers!


Raul 4 years ago

Funny how I've got this my whole life without knowing what it was. I tried to look for some information about this in my native language (Spanish)but didn't find a thing. Thanks a lot for sharing this information, it's really interesting.


scotty 4 years ago

I've gotten this my whole life. I'm dyslexic, suffer from anxiety problems and also sneeze at the sun lol. I get this experience also when watching snooker on tv.

bob ross

snooker

a softly spoken person talking

I started meditating a few years ago, I can also induce it by breathing now or 'omming' and chanting mantras calmly.

I actually looked into it ages ago, and I found out that it was triggered by things that represented people in safe situations. soft spoken but it has to be confident and clear - no danger. someone drawing, painting, etc - no danger. something being done very slowly or perfectly - no danger. I have a feeling it has something to do with people who suffer with anxiety and their minds creating a trigger of sorts for a short-cut to full level relaxation.


anon 4 years ago

omg!!! I have also been getting this my whole life. With voices, getting my hair washed and cut at the salon and when someone whispers in my ear or a cat purrs in my ear it's like overload!!!!


Jim 4 years ago

Yeah, I get this. Haircuts are a trigger. I've always thought it sort of had to do with maybe being taken care of - sort of like a baby and feeling all is well type of thing. Like sometimes being at a doctor or like I said a haircut. I was at the Vietnamese restaurant a while back and ordered a Vietnamese coffee. The server came and prepared it in front of me and I got it. I said to my friend "Hey that was kind of nice." He smiled and shook his head and said "Yeah, kind of like a haircut".


asdf 4 years ago

I would get this feeling too! When someone had a soft voice or when I would get my hair cut, or a gentle touch. And if it was from someone speaking, I would just daze off and enjoy the sensation my brain would get without even paying attention to a single word they were saying. But now, I get them much more intense. Like, it's actually crazy. My boyfriend raped me and tried to kill me two months ago so I was very traumatized by that. But now, when I have sex I get this CRAZY SENSATION in my brain. It's actually soo strong. I've always gotten those sensations from soft voices, gentle touches, haircuts, etc. but I never ever got them from sex. I'm not sure if this is related to the trauma, but it's the most amazing feeling ever. And I just can't stop thinking about it and want to do it all the time because of that amazing feeling in my brain. I never ever got this intense sensation in my brain during sex before that traumatic event. So I don't know what is really going on here or if I'm going to become addicted or what...


alexsaez1983 4 years ago

I've had this my whole life. I also have epilepsy and am definitely right-brained, creative and empathetic (perhaps overly so). I'm not complaining though, lol!


Anonymous 4 years ago

This is very interesting to read. I remember this all started when I was little. I used to crinkle up plastic or paper and enjoy the sound it made. In fourth grade, I'd purposely sit next to another person during reading time to hear her whisper and read to herself. I also remember in high school I'd enjoy going to the library just because the sounds of people typing on the keyboards and turning pages was very relaxing. I'm glad to know that other people have this too.


Chase 4 years ago

Male, 29, East Asian. I felt some brain feelings when I listen some kinds of sounds since young. I curioused what is this even recently. But I surprised that I found so many ASMR videos on Youtube yesterday. Now I believe most people are feeling ASMR.


Sarah 4 years ago

I am so happy I decided to google "tingle head page turning" - I too have been living with and enjoying this tingling in my head for as long as I can remember. It came about just thinking about it as I was reading the posts. Triggers for me include: someone playing with my hair or drawing on my back - but only certain people! Listening to pages of a book being turned, and being very near certain people.. Or someone showing me how to do something.. even hearing some people breathe or talk on the phone.. I always thought I was alone, but was never sorry about this thing that happens - it is one of my favourite feelings!


glowing head is buzzing 4 years ago

only just started getting this feeling a couple of weeks ago but i think i used to get something like it when i was a kid but now if i think about it i can make my whole brain vibrate in waves top to bottom and back up for about 30 it feels very relaxing though its a bit strange at first


MN 4 years ago

I've felt this before and I never understood what it was. For me, the triggers are usually whispering and often eating sounds. I might have felt it while someone was drawing on my arm, too.


Lizzie 4 years ago

I've experienced this all of my life and never until now had a term for it. Here are some of the trigger for me:

- Informational videos and infomercials about hair care, spa treatments and cosmetics (voice has to be right)

- Some people talking on the phone if they have the right voice, especially if they do a lot of whispering or speaking softly

- Having my hair brushed or played with

- Watching someone draw something on a piece of paper

- Hands-on hand claps that school kids do ("crack an egg on your head, let the yolk run down".."spiders crawling up your back")

One of my strongest memories of this was in about 3rd or 4th grade, when we were facing towards the front of the classroom watching a video or something, my friend who sat behind me liked to poke at my shirt along my back. I could not concentrate on whatever was going on due to the senstation of her light touch on my back.


Not Alone 4 years ago

I'm so glad I'm not alone on this tingling sensation. I've had it since I was a child,I'm 20 years old now. Like one person said, I ALSO watched The Joy Of Painting with Bob Ross and it would trigger the sensation, I guess that's where it all started. But for the past year or so I would go to YouTube and watch whispering videos or silent unboxing videos, which are my main triggers. True story, when I was young[er] I would watch a whole movie just to wait for the scenes that trigger the sensation lol but one of my weirdest triggers is watching Emeril's cooking show and he would put me to sleep. A few months ago I asked my mom and brother about the tingling sensation and they said they've never had it or don't know what I'm talking about. I guess it's only a select group of people that gets this euphoria. YAY for us lol! I have so much to say/ask but so little time so I'm bookmarking this page to find out more about this.


jade 4 years ago

omg i love that feeling. my 2 month old son has been really grumpy and restless today but when i played him the swedish lady clip, he just stopped crying and his eyelids got heavy. i guess he takes after me :-)


Thank You 4 years ago

I have experienced this before, but I had no clue what was going on. I thought I was having an anxiety attack. When people are behind me, I get the tingly feeling all over the back of my head. I used to think it was just paranoia, but how can that be if I don't even see them - I FEEL them. It happened at least five times within a couple of hours today, so I decided to get some answers. I think that some of the reasons you listed for having the "tingles" may have been factors in the repeated feelings I had today. My friend and I were in a public place, listening to a stranger talk as we typed, so I think it is safe to assume that I have this condition.


bb 4 years ago

I have this, and I clearly remember the first trigger in my childhood when I was about 7. I was playing Stratego with a girl and she was considering her every move very meticoulous. A tingling started in my head and I just went with it. I'm 30 now, and I still get it.

Discovering this site is simply great - my curiosity, to say it very mildly, has been evoked. But i'm also left unsatisfied that no real research has been done - I mean, this by far outshines all drugs and anti-depressive medicine out there - there has to be a market for it!

These are just some of the questions I've been wondering about, please share your opinion or if you have a pseudo-theory.

- how many people have this, estimate? (like 1/1000, 1/100, 1/10 ..? I have a feeling it's quite many, but have honestly no idea. Also the sensation might overlap 'goosebumps feeling for something nice / not cold' which is not the same)

- Why is it elicited? What is the overall pattern - any evolutionary theories perhaps? I see abes carefully playing with each others hair, maybe it's elicited here as well ?

- Can anyone get this? - it seems that for a lot of people here, this has been triggered in their childhood, and then somehow the brain have tuned in on the sensation, a catalyst-pattern has been made somehow. So actually everyone are predisposed for obtaining it, and with just the right 'push' it is triggered - or are we just a group of special x-men?

Thanks all for sharing the experience, and thank you anti-valentine for making this blog.


Burn 4 years ago

I like to think of ASMR as my "spidey-sense" :) I didn't read through all the comments above, but I only get it involuntarily from certain physical stimuli, typically whispering or soft-speaking, eg listening to Bob Ross from the "Joy of Painting" TV series.

However, I feel blessed that I can also induce this feeling whenever I want, and without limit. I can't really describe how I do it, but I simply think about and "tell" my brain to release the feeling. I have no idea what's going on, but I've always imagined that it's beneficial to health since it's an incredible relaxant and melts away stress/tension.

I've always wondered if I was unique in this ability, and didn't know if it's been documented by others. Very glad I found this site. It'd be interesting to discover if people more predisposed to this have any similar characteristics within their body composition, such as elevated presence of certain chemicals in their blood, hormonal balances, etc.


B R I A N!! 4 years ago

hi i am 14 years old im pretty sure i have this because when ever a girl is texting/ typing or tapping finger nails its like my brain just zones out and pays attention to that


4 years ago

well that's not true entirely. I can stay in that state for several minutes but the first seconds are the most intense.


4 years ago

i knew i wasn't the only one:) my triggers are whispering, sign language and seeing someone doing something really slowly or gentle with their hands. Sadly the tingling only last for a few seconds. Great article btw :)


Lee 4 years ago

I'm not alone! I once told my friends about how I enjoy and get a buzz out if listening to intellectual conversations and they definitely didn't understand, oops! But this is so cool to know I'm not the only one. My triggers are detailed and well pronounced instructions and soft clear voices. I never knew why I would repeat clips and thought I was gonna have some freaky obsessive brain problem. Although this does frighten me a little, but probably as I am still figuring it out after feeling Ever since I was young. I will look into it more now.

Thank you for your article!


Alexandra 4 years ago

I have to apologise for my english beforehand - I´m from Germany so english is not my native language.

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Finally I know what is "wrong" with me :)

I used to go to the hairdresser twice a month just for this sensation!

Nowadays I also get it whenever I get my nails done and have to put them under these UV lights. :) I love this feeling. The only time I don´t like it is when someone is either reading the newspaper over my shoulder very close to my ear or talks very close in a whispering voice into my ear. This somewhat causes my eyes to water and makes the feeling quite unbearable. Did you experience something like that as well?


Sade 4 years ago

hey! Since you guys are like my new family, i need to ask for some advice. Should i make a youtube whispering channel? if so what kind of videos should i do?

Also just to let you know a little more about me im 17, i'm an aspiring cometologist and i'm compassionate. (tell me about your self)


Alicia 4 years ago

Do any of you experience hallucinations at night?


Bertie Crawford 4 years ago

Hi, I am 12 and I have this. Whenever someone is texting or there is a clicking noise it is as if my brain switches off except for one part, and keeps replaying this soothing sound!


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Anti-Valentine 4 years ago from My lair Author

You might be describing frisson, or "chills", Anon. Not sure, but it sounds like it. ASMR from music isn't impossible, but less common to achieve for most.

Sometimes it's hard to distinguish. :)


Anonymous 4 years ago

I get these feeling alot when listening to trance music like deadmau5 or kaskade....like a natural ecstasy haha... but it only lasts several seconds


Rob 4 years ago

I'm 57 and have experienced this sensation for most of my life. Listening to chewing gum on 'you tube' whilst l post this, nice to know i'm not the only one!!


dbergeleen1122 5 years ago

I am so happy I'm not alone anymore. I was sitting in detention today after school and it was completely silent...except the kid behind me was chewing his gum and setting off my tingles the whole 3 hours. By far the best detention i've ever had. I have to say today is one of the best days for me personally in awhile. I never knew what was going on in my head until i got home from detention determined to find out what was "wrong" with me.


Diane 5 years ago

Aha! I knew if I googled the correct phrase that I'd find folks that experienced the same thing! I mentioned it on my personal blog a long while ago and none of my online buddies have had the sensation but I had a feeling that I wasn't the only one.

I went looking just now at work because someone in the cube next to me was ripping lots of paper and *tingle tingle tingle* Somehow I think it might make me look like even more of an oddball than I am at work to ask him to keep ripping paper. lol


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

You're welcome, sade. Welcome to your new family!


sade 5 years ago

ive felt alone about this my whole life,

ive only told my mom dad and sister,

they have no clue what i am talking about but are fully supportive.

my triggers are people whispering,

particularly people whispering gibberish or whispering in another language.

I wonder if our personality traits are some what similar..

hmm it's pretty cool that im not actually alone. thank you so much for the info btw.


RooFish 5 years ago

Ive always had this. As long as I could remember. I would always be tempted to fall asleep in school from all the sounds of pencils writing on paper, or the teachers soft speaking, and just hearing people breathe and cough and sneeze and clear the throat or scratch their arm. I always thought it was just me. Glad to know others have this tingling sensation in their head as well.


Maleboligia 5 years ago

I have always felt a strange, pleasant tingling on the back of my neck just below my hairline occasionally, spreading from around the sides of my head down as far as my legs. I always considered it some form of a meditative state. I have almost always felt when learning something. In school I actually used it as a reference for when I felt I was actually learning vs not learning. I have experienced it more lately, I believe it is due to recent events allowing me to be more peaceful in genera, allowing me to feel it more. I have never discussed this feeling with anyone in any great depth, nor have I investigated it. I have always wondered what it is. It is a pleasant feeling, but usually passes within 15 minutes. It definitely happened more often when I was growing up but was never terribly common. It is nice to see others have a similar feeling!


5 years ago

i was put on zoloft recently and was afraid that i would possible lose this wonderful feeling...but if anything it made it better. maybe it really is the feel of chemicals releasing in your brain as zoloft aids with the making and releasing of seratonin. i dont care what asmr is caused by as long as i can go pretty much comatose when i see someone slowly turning pages of a book :)


Brittany Meier 5 years ago

all i can say is wow, i never knew that other people have this same sensation to certain things. I have always called odd for this but never really cared as long as long as someone draws a picture so i can hear it, or plays with blocks. the best ones are the unplanned ones though like if my dad just starts fixing something, or tinkering. my close friends and family think that its funny and a little weird that theses things relax me so much. but it gets really bad sometimes like during a math test hearing all those pencils scratching on the paper, and making taping sounds on the desk make me very relaxed and drowsy at the wrong time. I usually cant finish until everyone has left. so it does have its set backs, but all in all it is a great way to relax especially when u kno what sets it off, another thing is watching the show how its made. this is really interesting and i want to learnn more about it.


bob 5 years ago

I have been having this feeling my whole life, for some reason I never thought to look into it...as it would come and go so quickly. I'm happy to know other people have it too. For me what triggers it varies a lot, sometimes it could come from someone installing something like cable or something(not specifically but something similar to that), or if someone is sitting next to me on a computer and slightly breathes on me, soft touch, or if I were to ask someone a question and they give a real, thorough answer, sometimes that triggers it. I don't think of it as a bad thing, in fact I think it's special.


5 years ago

I get this all the time when watching people. Especially watching people paint, work with their hands, etc.


sjk63 5 years ago

this happens to me randomly when watching people do somthing or when they show me to do something. when it happens i love it and never want it to stop, it feels so good. ive always wanted to know what causes it


fallenman 5 years ago

Also not saying that the craving necessarily implies a deficit of maternal attention in one's childhood.


fallenman 5 years ago

Not to be reductive (I'm an ASMR "sufferer" myself), but it's the craving for the mother. Deliberate attentiveness/care taken with task or with you (mother's TLC), white (womb) noise found in whispers, popping/smacking/whistling in speech, fabric brushing in cloth-against-cloth or brush against canvas, industrial music, etc. (The video above is both.) Not knocking it... I need it, will never say no to it... but just what it is. Knowledge is good. Maybe even empowering.


Dave 5 years ago

I remember in kindergarten being taught by the teacher about "warm fuzzies" and "cold pricklies" and later in the year, when I experienced this "ASMR" event, I assumed I had experienced what was a "warm fuzzy"... For the longest time, I kept wondering if anybody else had experienced such phenomena and now I know that's it happens to others but it's pretty uncommon.


robbie 5 years ago

I get this sensation whenever a small miracle or spiritually important event occurs. To me, it is a sign to pay attention because something of significance is happening. It is good and positive. The more powerful ones affect my entire body. Thank you for your work in this strange and mystical phenomenon.


Brit 5 years ago

I would always get this feeling when someone physically touched my skin. I used to get my friends when I was younger to play with my hair or braid it, just to feel this head rush. I remember telling them I wanted a different style just so they would keep playing with my hair. haha. I also got it when I went to the hair salon, or if someone painted my nails, or if someone massaged my back. Even the slightest skin to skin contact would not only give me a head rush, but would give me chills down my spine that felt good. I also found out recently that watching massage videos with soft spoken voices and relaxing music gives me this head rush, as well as makes me tired. I also have Type A aswell, as sometimes just thinking of something, or being so relaxed, it would give me that tingly feeling in my head.


ma 5 years ago

i've experienced sensations that match the descriptions of ASMR for many years, all my life i guess, usually passively (type B) and of various intensities. My own inference, which also maps onto lots of the comments, is that it is related to oxytocin release - something adaptive in the experience of being attended to, nurtured, and stemming from infancy in particular. Certainly i can also appreciate a more transcendent and 'oceanic feeling' interpretation too. In relation, through training in vipassana meditation, i am now able to induce type A experiences. I'm really fascinated by the experience and cultivate it with meditation, as well as attuning to sensations when they emerge spontaneously. Also great to come across this site and hope to learn more from peeps here!


Jon 5 years ago

I am now experiencing ASMR when listening to a specific Annie Lennex track, I have so far played it five times this morning. I think I am now engaged to Annie !!

And strangely while reading through these comments, the word sensillations triggered another one. Strange but true.

I think I need to focus on all the other possible triggers to see if anything happens. I think I am on a roll.


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

Jon, what you describe is known as Type A ASMR.

You thought or meditated on something and it triggered off ASMR, rather than relying on an external source. From what you've said it was likely an empathetic response.

Not uncommon. :)


Keet 5 years ago

I'm finding as I'm getting older I am getting more and now it's on a weekly basis- I also seem to be able to control it to a certain extent- prolonging the experience when it does occur unexpectantly- but also sinking into it in meditation and/ or in savasana pose in yoga. It seems that I get it more when I am having a good week with exercise and healthy food - 3+ times a week


Jon 5 years ago

Following on from my previous comments, this morning while making a cup of coffee I started to think about all the people that had made comments on this forum, and had an immediate ASMR experience.

Could this be my new trigger, or have I just made the correct decision.

You might want to add this to your list of possible triggers.


Jon 5 years ago

Hi everyone,

I have been having these sensations for only a few years, I am in my forties, and agree with many people on here that the sensations are not sexual, but I do undersatnd why some refer to them as head orgasms. They often start in my neck and cover the top of my head and then go down to my shoulders, if I think of my feet at this point then it seems to be there as well.

I get these sensations if I have helped someone in a difficult situation overcome their problem, usually when I am thinking about it at a later date.

I tried to look at it as though it was some kind of physical affirmation that the action I took was the correct one.

I had no idea others were experiencing the same feelings from other triggers.

I can usually repeat the sensation immediately after it happens by just thinking about the subject again, but it is usually weaker, and sometimes I have to wait for five to ten minutes before trying again.

And yes it is a real drag when I can't do it anymore. The experience is one of sheer happyness and wellbeing and I suffer with no negative side effects afterwards. Apart from craving for more, obviously !

Thanks for setting up this forum Andrew.


Megan 5 years ago

I have had this my whole life too and the few people I've told about it don't seem to know what I'm talking about. For me it can be totally non-sexual but also sometimes sexual.

Triggers have been others braiding each others hair or playing with my hair, or some show of friendship or affection between others or with me (usually something quiet and subtle).

I had it most strongly and for longer periods with my ex-bf. Just being with him or post-sex could do it. Sometimes I was also super turned on while it was going on, I dunno if they were related or just happened at the same time. I've only had it with one other guy (lover). With both of them I also got these twitches post-sex. I feel like it was definitely related to happiness. It's hard to describe except as this slightly high feeling with twitches in my brain that sometimes made me physically twitch. Has anyone experienced this? I don't understand it and I think it freaks out the guys a bit.

He broke up with me and recently when I was thinking about him possibly dating other girls I had the opposite of the brain-gasms. It was like this horribly tingling in the front of my brain. I also associate it with the color brown, whereas I associate the braingasms with yellow.

I think the ASMR is a seratonin rush of some kind, because I felt it the one time I did ecstasy.

I just got out of rehab from a suicide attempt and now I'm worried anti-depressants will prevent the ASMR. Has anyone gone on anti-depressants? Do they affect the ASMR?

I don't know if I should tell my psychiatrist about all this...I also feel like it's a sign of being in love for me because I only get it with guys I feel a strong emotional connection with, but I dunno.


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

You're welcome, Pete. You can call me Andrew, by the way. That's my real name. :)


Pete 5 years ago

THANK YOU Anti-Valentine!

I had this "brain orgasm" feeling for 30 years any time I heard a very feminine woman whisper lightly or lispily, and I never could figure out what exactly it was. I typed a couple of key words on Google on a whim yesterday and your site popped up.

Thank you for clearing this up for me!

Also thank you for the Audio Experiment! It worked like a charm.


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

I wouldn't say that, Mickle. We don't know enough about it to make a claim outright like that - that it's good or bad. We just assume that due to its pleasant feeling, that it's a good, even natural thing.

As we go along, we'll perhaps find out more about this phenomenon. I hope so.


Mickle 5 years ago

Is this bad or something??


Ash 5 years ago

I cant believe i have just googled this and found im not the only one, thought i was a freak for years.eeeeeeeeeeeeek. I used to get it as a child when my Grama would use her tape measure to get my measurments when she knitted me a cardigan or when my mum used to check me for knits and concentrate really hard.


Lizzyfa 5 years ago

I have had this since I was a small child and have never found anyone else with it I am now 57 and I have had the sensation more frequently recently

It is triggered often by voices or by people showing me things or explaining how things work ....definitely not sexual and can be triggered by people who are otherwise annoying !

When I have the feeling it leaves me happy and relaxed and with a sense of well being


Tommy 5 years ago

if anybody speak french, its better for me, because im from Canada(french part) and have this particular thing, you call ''asmr'', i would like to speak with you, because i think i have this same asmr, i can tell, half my body react, arm, hand, back and front body and part of my legs, i dont know what is it, but i like it, from when i can remember.

Please i would like to speak french with somebody, i fell like im the only one who fell that thing.

thank you.

email me at tesla1(@)videotron.ca

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Mamoudinijad 5 years ago

Wow! I think I have this! these feelings have been progressing with me for over couple years now, and I think I relate much to the triggers and the symptoms you described. I think it's a very ecstatic feeling, but I don't know, I'm not sure about the accuracy of my feeling, but I sort of feel slightly sad or depressed while having it (sometimes) and it sort of feeling sad but you're not sad

I'm @Mamoudinijad on Twitter

Thanks a lot for posting this


Holly 5 years ago

This is an awesome site and project! I have have "the tingles" since i was a kid and can relate to what so many of you have said. And like others have said, it's not really sexual. It is very endearing and comforting to know that others experience this. These goosebumps occur not only in my head but arms, neck, and legs as well. It happens for me with some instructional videos and of people of either sex, kids or adults. It has also happened watching people concentrate, explain something, teach, color, etc. It happens especially watching someone play or act something out, such as when the kids on "Barney" set up a pretend town and act out various professions (again, in reference to kids this is NOT sexual, just endearing.) My biggest trigger is when people say something that is quirky or slightly out of sync. For example, when i was a little kid, i had brought some books with animal characters down to my Grandma's house. My Grandma's neighbors, and mutual friends of ours, were down at her house too. The neighbor woman, who's daughter is a little but younger than i am, was reading her daughter one of the books. There was a lot of love put in to it and they were both concentrating intently. The mom was pointing out the animals to her and said "Look, there's a dog...", but it was actually a bear. The ears were slightly longer so i guess that's why she thought it was a dog. I still find that cute til this day.

I have also gotten that momentary "impression" of quirkiness/cuteness without the tingles based on what somebody said or how they said it. I mentioned it to my brother one time but he didn't understand. He said "You mean you think it's cute?" I said "No i mean i think it's 'cute'".

The "impression" is hard to explain, with or without tingles. It's like you caught a glimpse of God.


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

Hey everybody.

Listen, I had to replace the video on this hub, seeing as it (Lita massage) wasn't working too well. The link was broken. So in its place is a recently recommended video that was posted on the Facebook group.

A bit random, I know. Let me know if it works. If it doesn't, I'll have to get another one, instead.


133Caboose 5 years ago

Bob Ross and wactching people shop...


Samantha 5 years ago

I have wondered about this for ages! Getting hair washed and hair at a hairdressers, reading a letter or message of praise or affection from loved ones and friends, doing relaxation after yoga, listening to soothing voices are my triggers. If you've ever listened to Jonathan Cainer give a horoscope you'll understand the kind of voice.

The way I can describe it is as a tingling sensation in my brain, as said in this article, almost a "brain orgasm".

I assumed that everyone got this feeling and it's only now that I've decided to look it up I have realised that some people do and some people don't.


Paul (Ireland) 5 years ago

I've had this lovely sensation for as long as I remember.

Watching someone draw or write (especially if their attention is not on me), getting a hair cut and when I was a kid the noise of a vacuum clear brought it on.

Recently, while at a lecture, a cute geeky girl sat beside me. She proceeded to eat an apple very noisily. The noise made me so relaxed, I could have listened to her all day. Although the feeling is not at all sexual, I think if it were a guy munching on the apple, it would have annoyed me.

The biggest trigger for me is definitely getting a hair cut. A few years ago, the girl who was cutting my hair stopped every so often and lightly blew the cut hair away. This was so relaxing, just the memory brings on the sensation. I can actually use this memory and sensation to help me sleep!

Those lovely Asian massage videos also bring it on. I tried to explain the feeling (and video on my laptop!!) to my girlfriend but she didn't understand.

Have a look at the video link below. I'd be interested in seeing if this video works on anyone else. **NOTE on video** I am not at all endorsing/interested in strange alien cults...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntpQHIzP6ZA


Wes 5 years ago

Yeah I thought everyone got this feeling when they heard a peice of music that touches them or see something inspirational.

After I started meditating I found I'm able to do this at will, so anytime I need a boost, I just focus the tingling energy in the back of my head and down my spine.


Shane 5 years ago

Omg I've finally found people that feel this!!! The very first time I remember feeling this ASMR, as you call it, was 1st or 2nd grade, I was in class, everyone was sitting on the floor and a teacher called on a student to do something, I think arrange numbers in the correct order. THe numbers were posted on a wall with velcro, each one could be moved around. I remember she took a very long time, everyone was totally quiet, all I could hear was her slowly ripping off velcro and putting it on. Other set-offs have been someone standing close behind me and talking, some kid in class who had a deep voice and read outloud from a book very, VERY slowly and halting (aka he was a bad slow reader), gum chewing, I was getting change for someone at work recently and they were standing right beside me and folding their receipt up which triggered it, getting a haircut (I'm male, I get buzzcuts so it's very hands-on with my scalp). It's always the most amazing feeling. Im surprised i manage to function, my actions feel automatic while im under this state, and i really really dont want the feeling to ever end. I get that pulse in my head and it spreads down to my stomach, my breathing gets shallow and theres this light-tensing of my chest like its a little harder to breathe. And my gaze just locks onto whatever my eyes happen to be on at the time and i just let it flood over me. God it feels so good.


Tingly-awesomeness:) 5 years ago

I have been looking for ages just to find out what this was, I thought there was something wrong with me, like I was also the only person experiencing this but then I found this! So thanks! I have told both my parents about it but they both just laughed and thought nothing of it. I tend to experience this with pretty much everything on that list


asdf 5 years ago

My friend was drawing my portrait 10 mins ago over the webcam and I got this.

I also get it when I hear someone speak in certain tone, do my hair or looking at someone do something very intensly.


5 years ago

Like so many others, until now I never found anyone who knew what I was talking about when I mentioned this (so I gave up asking). For me the feeling is to the side of the head, past the eyes (but sort of inside). What does it best is voices, soft-spoken and the sort that have a bit of a burr. But also descriptions in books of stroking, warm pleasant feelings, etc. Hence perhaps ironically I find reading this page gives me a moderate feeling.

Also stroking the skin behind the eyes, sometimes.


Claudia 5 years ago

I've had this since I was a kid, mostly at the hair dressers or when a friend would comb my hair. It's so freakishly addictive! I still now get scalp massages which are a sure trigger for it :)


Luna 5 years ago

Just remembered another thing. A lot of times it is doctors (mostly male and kind of older) that do it for me. Whether it is me getting examined or just them talking or even watching them examine someone on a show it happens all the time (omg especially the ones with slightly nasaly and deep voices). Also, people who smack their lips (just a little bit) before saying something. XD


Luna 5 years ago

Oh wow. I never thought anyone else had this. It's not a bad thing (at least I don't think it is) though. It's such a great feeling I had for as long as I can remember. It's not as much getting my hair cut as it is when someone with a (most of the time) calming voice (for lack of a better term) talks. But then sometimes I end up not listening to what they're saying. Lol. It isn't always that. I remember going to the bank as a kid with my parents and hearing the clicking noise of the buttons and mouse and got the tingly feeling. And also lightly "tickled" in places like my cheekbone top or outer side of lower hip/upper thigh. I always thought I was the only person. Also, watching instructional videos like how to draw or something. Look up Drawing From Nature: How to Draw a Wolf on YouTube. It gave me that tingly feeling. I watch it often because of that. I would rather have this feeling than not. I feel special. Lol


Sam 5 years ago

You have no idea how happy I am to have found this site. I have been experiencing this my entire life without knowing what it is. I was never worried about it, so I never bothered looking into it. My main triggers are certain voices (often, soft-spoken and rich) and other types of soft, repetitive sounds (soft pencil shading paper, a highlighter moving across paper, a cicada in the distance, etc.).


Bonnie 5 years ago

I've been getting this asmr feeling for a long time but never known it had a name until a few months back. I always wondered why the sound of crinkling paper or plastic was so euphoric that it made me fall asleep. I thought everyone experienced it like me, but I guess not. We're special...


Vivi 5 years ago

Left my last comment before reading everyone else's. Now I'll add a bit more. I have never done drugs, and never have more than one drink at a time when I occasionally have one. Nice to know I have been experiencing, for free and naturally, a feeling that so many people chase with drugs. My first memories of this feeling come from my mom doing my hair. As a Black little girl, this is a long and daily process, so I loved it. Also hearing my parents vacuuming the floor in another room triggered it. Music has always been a trigger, as well as certain sounds, many of the ones mentioned above. After reading all the comments, I realize that watching someone do something mundane is also a huge trigger for me. Sometimes I will put on certain music at night before I go to bed, and lie in the dark trying to induce the feeling. It does not always work, but most times it does. I am also amazed, as some of you, that not everyone experiences this. They don't feel this when they get a massages?! How sad for them. Now I'm going to go and ask friends and family if they have this. Thanks for starting this page and discussion.


Vivi 5 years ago

I have experienced this sensation my whole life. I always thought everyone experienced it, but never had a conversation with anyone about it. Today I had to switch radio stations while driving because I blood pressure was going up listening to NPR and the discussions of Congress and the debt. So I switched randomly to a classical station and got that old relaxed, tingly feeling again. Feels great, but not great when you're driving! Got back to my desk and decided to finally look up what causes it. I was sure it was well documented, everyone experienced it, and that there was a real name for it. Who knew it was rare and relatively unknown?!


shaggypete 5 years ago

Your story sounds very similar, Mark! Welcome home:) I highly recommend the Facebook page!


MarkW 5 years ago

After feeling a euphoric, tingling feeling in my head while my boss talked to me about something (I can't even remember what because I was so memorized by the sensation), I decided to Google it and found this page!

Like others have said, I thought what you call ASMR was normal - not that I've ever questioned anyone to see if they experience it - and was surprised to discover it isn't.

I am a Technical Writer and dabble in website/graphic design, so I guess you could call me creative which reinforces the statement you make in your article. I am also the type of person who is able to apply extreme focus to work tasks/games/TV/reading, almost to the point that everything else around me is blocked out. I guess you could also label me a dreamer. I also prefer my own company and I am very reserved around people I do not know but extrovert around those that I do. Are these traits common to other "sufferers" of ASMR?

I have experienced ASMR throughout my life. The majority of the time it is triggered from someone talking to me (in a particular tone), or when I get my hair washed/cut. Observing people doing something I consider complicated can also trigger it.

When experiencing it I feel like I am in a different "zone" to everyone else around me. I also feel a sense of clarity that allows me to make sense of any complicated or unorganized tasks I may be faced with.

I have taken a wide range of recreational drugs in the past (blame University for that) and only on a few occasions have they matched the euphoria I get from ASMR (although the sensations experienced were different). Please note: I experienced ASMR long before my drug "experimentation" so the sensation is not a side effect of using them!

The only negative side effect I experience following ASMR is slight lethargy.


shaggypete 5 years ago

Certainly this isn't any type of seizure. It's pure awesomeness. You aren't paralyzed to any extent. If you have no reason not to, you just choose to bask in it. :)


5 years ago

God. This is weird - I get this and thought everyone did but just asked my Boyd and he doesn't... Totally assumed this us why everyone likes massages. I LOVE them because if thus sensation & can get the feeling just from watching someone else get a massage. Even on tv. Admittedly I did think it was weird that I got it when watching a man in the Apple store carefully apply a screen protector to my phone....


Nuri 5 years ago

wow, I found a website called soothetoob, and enjoyed it for the massage videos (so relaxing). I didn't understand all of the other videos--videos of random sounds and people talking. Well I watched one that had the sound of brushes on canvas and WOW!! That was the feeling I had been going after--a feeling I had known since I was a kid and my mom would brush or braid my hair. I have experienced ASMR all my life at various times but have never known why or what it was, but this makes it so much clearer to me! Thanks!


Scarlet 5 years ago

It sounds like a mild form of epelepsia?


shaggypete 5 years ago

silverraven1313 - have you joined the facebook "autnomous sensory meridian response" group? it's awesome:)

the only personal friend of mine that also has this is triggered, coincidentally, by classical music:) he plays the piano. sounds very similar to you:)


silverraven1313 5 years ago

I've felt these sensations as far back as I can remember. I never knew it was an actual condition; my family and I just thought I was a little odd (they called it "tweaking"). My trigger is generally music, especially orchestral pieces. I play the violin and was in a chamber orchestra for years, so I guess I unknowingly sorrounded myself with endless new triggers. Also, I can generally bring on small "waves" by concentrating, but a full on experience usually comes from external stimuli. It's interesting (and comforting) to know that I'm not the only one experiencing this!


miguel 5 years ago

It happened to me after balling up fools on the court! Win the game and instantly a wave from the back of the head to the top, over and over then eventually dissipation. I always thought that it was the feeling of winning but now I know!

Thanks!


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shaggypete 5 years ago

lol - how could i forget -- my all-time most guaranteed trigger for ASMR -- THE JOY OF PAINTING with BOB ROSS. just watched one on YouTube--still works after 30 years. lol


ShaggyPete 5 years ago

Oh, forgot to mention -- I LOVE getting my hair played with. My wife doesn't care for it at all, and she can't do it right -- it seems like a difference version of ASMR for me, but it's awesome nonetheless. Now that I think about it, my mom has always loved getting her hair / scalp played with / tickled -- she used to pay us for 15 or 30-minute sessions. lol. I'll have to ask her about this....


ShaggyPete 5 years ago

WOW!! Thank you so much for this site!!

The first time I experienced ASMR (that I can remember) was as a young boy, when listening to my uncle talk. Man was he boring--but that didn't matter. He talked very softly, slowly, and ALWAYS gave me this sensation--first a tingling in the scalp, a euphoric feeling, then I'm totally relaxed, and feel waves of it. He could also play the guitar and produce the effect. I didn't think much of it--as a young boy, I thought it was normal. But when I brought it up in conversation, I found no one knew what I was talking about. I stopped mentioning it--now I'm 35, continue to experience it from listening to someone speaking (I'm 100% heterosexual, but it's nearly always soft-spoken men who produce the effect), music (for me it helps for it to be live, and acoustic guitar seems to work best), and perhaps a combination of being hungry and intaking caffeine and a bit of fatty food -- this is actually what I was experimenting with when I thought, "hey, the world web internet computer web thingy has gotten pretty full--maybe i can find someone talking about it!" and BAM, here I am, literally crying tears of joy at the knowledge I'm not "weird"--or maybe I AM, and it's a good thing! I'm going to bring this back up with people -- having a term for it makes you sound much less insane! -- starting with my wife and kids and close friends. I'm going to find someone else who experiences ASMR (other than all of you internet people--I know you're not real. lol)!!

To me, it feels like a "natural high" that rivals Hydrocodone. I first googled euphoria and was disappointed in the wikipedia entry -- I think we should add an entry for ASMR on wikipedia -- and link it from the euphoria entry!

Again, thanks so much -- I would love to participate in some experiments to add my data point here and there:)


cloe victoria 5 years ago

I get this feeling whenever I know someone is doing something for me. Like today I got subway and by just watching them make my sandwich gives me this warm tinglling feeling in my head.


Marcial 5 years ago

I get this tingling feeling when someone scratches my head and I am on the couch. I also get it when I am in a march or when I am in front of a group who is waiting for me to speak.


Christian 5 years ago

Hello !

Wow this is amazing! I've been getting this sporadically for most of my life it seems. Like some, it seems to hit me most when I am very relaxed end even tired. People with very relaxed and soothing voices ( male or female but mostly female) really do trigger it for me, especially when they are speaking slowly in a relaxed manner. It also happens a lot , well you know when people sometimes are looking for their words and go: uuuuummmm...well that often will trigger the head trickles. Or a girls flipping through a magazine, especially when she is calmly explaining what they are looking at. I'm glad there are more whispering You tube videos but I wish there were more soft spoken ones.

Oh and I remember when I was younger there was this video poker machine where I used to work and every time someone would click the buttons it would trigger it as well. But the sound of certain keyboards can also do it. I so love the feeling! Thanks for this site! I'll be back


Caitlynn 5 years ago

Actually, my whole life, I thought the opposite about this feeling. I thought EVERYBODY felt it when they were relaxed by a sound or sight etc. I've lived for 1.3 decades and finally discover I shouldn't dare mention this in front of my friends or I may receive some odd looks.

It's funny how you mention that it's more common for artists and musicians to have this feeling when I'm an artist and a former musician.

AND the fact you mention that people who are more introverted are more common to have this feeling when I'm notoriously introverted.

I enjoyed reading this because previously I had no idea about any of this information about ASMR.


wiarumas 5 years ago

I googled this just out of curiosity since I wondered if it was just me. Yep! I have it too.

Funny someone mentioned Bob Ross - that guy was the KING of giving me ASMR. It was something about his deep soothing voice and the strokes of the brush on the canvas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raXanYjTF18&feature...

Also, the link above with the Vietnamese face massage thing worked for me too.

Also I remember getting it in elementary school when a girl who I had a crush on was explaining something to me in a whisper while writing on paper.

And lastly - one geeky example. I was playing a video game online and someone more powerful than me was helping me. It was something about the music, the environment, and the good nature of the person helping me gave me one.

It feels like a mini explosion in the back of my head that trickles down my neck like a firework. Sometimes it continues to radiate afterwards in a pulsating euphoria.


DK 5 years ago

Hi - I've experienced these same feelings since I was a kid (I'm 38 years old and female in case you were curious). But it had been a while since I had the experience. And what triggered my most recent one was watching my dogs roll in the yard. You know when a dog smells something and they rub their face and neck in it then the roll on their backs? Well both of them were so into in and I found myself staring and I didn't want them to stop... it's hypnotic. I love the feeling. I try so hard to hold on to it. This week was the first time I thought to look it up online - so glad to hear about others having the same thing. I've never mentioned it to anyone before.


SumsItUp 5 years ago

Very cool... I've searched for this before on the internet and always come across some kind of ailment on Wikipedia. haha. It apparently has different triggers for people, but does indeed sound like the same thing overall.

Some of my triggers:

Head Massage

Watching people getting chair massage

Shoe Shines (when guys are intense in their work)

Painters (check out Bob Ross)

Getting Hair Cut / Shampoo

Getting your own massage (especially neck, shoulders, head)

Discovering this "condition" however makes me wonder what non-experiences feel when they say a massage feels great? I always thought the ASMR was what everybody loved about getting a backrub, haircut, massage, etc.


Andy 5 years ago

Thank you. I've felt ASMR all my life and wondered what it was.

I've seeked it out as it has always been pleasurable in a non-sexual way. It is very euphoric for me. Funny thing is it has taken 10 years of searching on the Internet to finally figure out what it was called.

Hopefully these links work. They trigger my ASMR sometimes. Not as often as when I first found them, I guess watching it several times wears off the effect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-OPMPXCUvk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDPT47m_U6I


ruthie108 5 years ago

Thank you for writing this and validating my experiences. I am in my 40s and never knew anyone else had this except for me. I thought i was crazy! I still get the feelings and they are wonderful and i cherish them. I used to get them alot when i watched martha stewarts first show. her voice was very calming.


Trey 5 years ago

Finally some other people who know what I'm talking about when I try to explain the sensation :)

For as long as I can remember I can cause myself to feel this, and I sometimes get it from listening to some music, or seeing something that captures me the right way.

It starts with the back of the head and spreads out to the rest of the body. I've shown people the physical effects of this, but they just say it goosebumps. It's different though, because it's not temperature related. I've made it happen inside a sauna, so it's definitely not due to being cold.

It's odd that artists are mentioned in the original write-up, as I work as an illustrator. I frequently experience this sensation when visualizing concepts for my sketches.


randomfeeling :) 5 years ago

Also, when i listen to music i get a chill down my spine, but it's not pleasurabe it almost like the voice is amazing and sends shivers but the cloudy feeling is wayyyy more euphoric and feels way different...are both ASMR?? or just hte cloudy feeling??


TheWolverine 5 years ago

I am pretty sure I have ASMR.

I can induce this tingling sensation throughout my body, usually starting from the back of my head and neck through to my upper body. My skin becomes sensitive and I have a heightened sense of touch.

It is a typically positive feeling, as if energy is coarsing through my body. usually spoken words like 'Elbereth', 'Benaras' or praying trigger this.


randomfeeling :) 5 years ago

hey guys,

i THINK i get this too but i'm not sure! i've had it all my life and it just sort of stays in my head like i get really cloudy and just focus on what's causing it. like really gentle females, haircuts, people calling me darling. is this ASMR? it's not quite tingling it feels really cloudy and really good and relaxing?


madison 5 years ago

I am so glad that I am not alone. Ive tried telling people about this before and no one understands me. When I was a little girl I would pretend that my head itched so the nurse would check my head for lice! I loved my hair being touched and I still do. I get crazy tingles in my head when the back of my neck is touched. I watch Youtube videos of peoples makuep collections just so I can hear the clicking of the tubes and containers on each other. I am fascinated by the way people move their mouths when they talk and the way they chew gum.

BUT!..I also experience an opposite affect when I can hear someone chewing their food and it becomes so bothersome that I must leave the room. I think there is a negative to this as well!


alex 5 years ago

This was amazing. I thought it was normal for a long time untill I started talking about it. Then people would always respond "what the hell are you talking about?" Its so hard to describe how powerfull the feeling becomes. I'm glad that someone is reserching it.


Daniel 5 years ago

Wow, i cannot understand why i have never looked this up but i have to experienced this feeling for as long as i can remember, clicking and erratic tapping noises or someone borrowing my things when i was younger at school used to set me off! Like most other people that experience this feeling, when trying to describe it to a "non feeler" they haven't got a clue what your talking about! Great stuff!


Keithio 5 years ago

I seem to get this related to a persons reaction to me, if somebody likes me or i do somthing good, i get it on the right side.

if however someone is moody with me or someone dont like me i get it on the left side!

its like spidy sence or summit! glad to know others have it or summit like it at least :-)


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

Dalri, I'm quite sure that oxytocin is a subject that's been brought up before on the Facebook group and forum, among other sorts of hormone and/or chemical release-related theories.


Dalri 5 years ago

Poor grammar last post, so excited. Also, I have been doing my own research and wonder if you have seen any evidence that oxytocin has something to do with it?


Dalri 5 years ago

I get this from hair cuts, washes, watching people unwrap food with crinkly packages, watching people prepare food in a slow manner, preferably with little to no talking, or from someone unexpectedly taking interest in me (nonsexual). I've gotten it since I was a kid, and it was most often induced by musical moments.


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clark farley 5 years ago

dude...

(nothin else, I just enjoy employing an age-inappropriate expression)...(which, of course, I have given myself away...damn...)

Anyway...loved your blogsite site...I'm pretty sure.

...but head vibrations, not so sure I am relating...years ago I used to do this thing, on the edge of sleep where, if I had the 'right balance', I could start a vibration thing that would begin as a flash of static in my brain (no, really...hear me out) the flashes would get longer and longer and then transition into a vibration that would feel like my teeth would fall out and then I would enter a state of (either) lucid dreaming or half awake hallucination...never quite sure..

What? this is the Safety First in Childrens Toys Hub? damn! sorry must of skipped over the previous comments...*

*Alright, I admit it! If there are tons of Comments on a Hub I think is cool, I deliberately not read all the previous Comments just so I don't see that 6 others have already made the totally insightful point that I want to make...


Quieetly into the Night 5 years ago

I have also had this feeling my whole life. I have never been able to make anyone else understand what it is so I quit talking about it. I am 38 now and I haven't had this feeling in a very long time. I would experience it when someone played with my hair as a child or when I watched someone do something to someone else that is completely un-erotic such as someone playing with someone else's hair. I used to be able to feel it by thinking about a situation that caused the tingling but not for very long.


Ashley 5 years ago

I have been googling for so long, and this site is the only one closest..

My case, I guess, is different. Most of the comments here incl the main article indicate it is a pleasurable stuff. I normally get these tingling things on my head. It first started at the back of my head just above my neck when I was in Uni back 10 yrs before. I never enjoyed the sensation but strangely enough I get relaxed when someone touchs my hair/scalp, vibrations such as when my hair is cut. When I get too much of these crawling sensations all over my head, I really want to and go get my hair cut.

I guess, I need to google further or is anyone can say on this, pls? I can't focus on my life as I have to listen to these feelings all the time.


Justin 5 years ago

I have had this sensation for years, although this is the first time I have looked it up. I had no idea these sensations were so unheard of; I feel like an exclusive member to the euphoria group. This page is truly fascinating, you have given a wonderful peephole into our world.


Angharad 5 years ago

I get this all the time! Have had it for years and thought it was something everyone had until i came to uni and spoke about it and people started calling me weird. I get strong hits all through my body dont to my legs. I get it most commonly if someone borrows something of mine of if someone does something for me. I didn't realise that softly spoken voices did it until i just started researching it so thanks!


i-n-i 5 years ago

wow i thought i alone but everytime someone touches my head softly or when i shaved the back of my head i would/will get a tingling feeling that runs to the middle of my back, which cause me to squirm and laugh. i cant be touched anywhere after the sensation without experiecing it again.


Ella 5 years ago

This is so cool, I didn't know it was such an unexplained sensation. I don't remember the first time I had this feeling, but I've pretty much had occasional experiences my whole life (19 years), with similar triggers to those others have mentioned. I think the theories are interesting, like the artist one, since I am also very creative and the empathy one, since my latest experience was from my friend offering me a sip of her drink. I would love to learn to control it, bring it on myself without external triggers. If anyone has tips on learning how to do this, I'm interested.


Robert 5 years ago

Great article. I've had this feeling since I was very young too. It always occurs on the right hand side of my brain, occurring in most of the situations described here (although unfortunately not when listening to music for some odd reason). Interesting to think that this sort of thing might be linked to creativity: I remember reading Joyce's Portrait of the Artist when I was younger and thinking that he must have had similar experiences. Nice to know there are other people out there who feel this though!


neysa 5 years ago

I am so happy to have found that I am not the only one. I have had this happened to me since I was a little girl (I am 38) My ASMR is usually triggered by listening to soft-spoken female voices, but I know that it has happened at other times and now I will try to pay more attention when it does. I love the feeling but have always been afraid there was something wrong with me. When I have explained it to others I have been met with puzzled looks and indifference. Thank you


Tingly 5 years ago

This is amazing. I first remember getting this sensation in kindergarten while sitting on the floor learning somthing. I would usually forget about it untill it happened again. Just tonight a co worker was reading from one of those amazing facts apps and it happened again. It's always when I'm learning somthing. It's a great wave of relaxation accompanied by a wonderful tingle on my head. After reading other comments I noticed it would either be from a soothing female voice or someone who seemed learned who I don't know well. I never mentioned it to anyone because I didn't know how to describe it. It really is neat to find this. Thanks


Anonymous 5 years ago

My god. After years I randomly found the name on a youtube video I watch to get this feeling, so happy I'm not alone.

The first time I remember getting this feeling was when I was 10 and I was explaining a math thing to a friend of mine in school, and watching him think about the problem gave me this really weird feeling which at the time made me feel really uncomfortable. After that I kept finding things that would trigger this feeling to some degree, among other things:

-Certain movie scenes, I for example watched certain scenes from Watchmen/Fight Club/Pulp fiction about 20 times each.

-People typing on clicky keyboards

-Getting surveyed and filling out forms for people, perferable while I'm being watched doing it.

-People whispering

-Getting a haircut

It's became a sort of obsession where I'd have to watch/listen to some of the things on a daily bases,but that dumbed down eventually and now I just regularly listen to things that give me this feeling. Never told anyone about it and wasn't planning to till I found everyone here.

Love you all for being awesome


LiLi Marleaux 5 years ago

Heh, how fascinating! I can bring it on at will by uttering certain word-sounds at very low volume. I accidentally discovered I could do this- that certain sounds I made would give me this all-over body rush. It brings a feeling of safety and warm fuzzy envelopment- I "engage" this thing almost every night before I go to sleep. It's neat to know it's something that happens to other people!:D


Marcelo 5 years ago

I'm 23yr old male and I get type B a lot through music: Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Opeth (their softer songs). Steve Wilson (the frontman to Porcupine Tree and part of Blackfield) has this soft English voice and a lot of his music will have ambient sounds. Brazilian music will also have this effect on me, especially Bossa Nova. I also get it through classical music, on the radio recently I heard this Wynton Marsalis solo and that's when it happened. I tend to like really layered music too so some Metallica songs will work.

I've also had that experience in the salon with somebody washing my hair and I was always very sensitive when getting my haircut. People tend to comment on how I flinch very quickly when they touch the back of my head or go for that area and I'm not expecting it.

I've also gotten this feeling when I've felt alone and heard soft noises in the distance. If I'm outside and not many people are around but there is a breeze then I love listening to the wind. Also hearing the voices of strangers walking by my house.

I can also do type A when I try to focus on listening to sounds. Then I've gotten type B as well when people touch my hair, or whisper close to me. I also like touching hair, I don't know if it's related or not.

Sometimes the feeling can be uncomfortable and I sometimes get a feeling of embarrassment but 9 times out of 10 I really like it. It's funny I always associated this with good music.

When I was a little kid my grandfather has this story of me when I was in Disneyland. I was the only person listening to this band playing and after they finished I got up and clapped. I don't remember the experience but I can bet I got that feeling when I listened to them play.

It's a great feeling, I didn't know that not everyone experienced it.

Also, I'm not sure I get it when I lend people things and watch them use it. I do get it when people observe what I'm doing very closely. I can't focus when that happens due to it.


DOC1 5 years ago

I'm a 28yr old male from Ireland. I always had difficulty controlling this during my teens, if someone in school was leaning back on their chair and gently tapping my table with their chair, i experienced it. not to mention haircuts, watching people draw and for some bizarre reason, watching the way my math teacher wrote on my copybook. I was often given out to by teachers for a lack of concentration but I was busy, selfishly enjoying a rush from my head, all the way through my back haha! Thankfully my concentration has improved but I can now experience it almost on command once I feel relaxed enough. It kind of freaks me out to think that people are trying to experience a more intense rush with asmr because I've always been too afraid to see how far it can go. I mean, it can be a very intense feeling as it is! Also, this is the first time I've spoken about this to anyone!

ps. It's definitely not chills!


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

Brianna, I looked it up, and I think you mean "horripilation". It's really just another term for goose bumps.

Goosebumps can sometimes accompany ASMR, but not necessarily all the time, I've found.


Brianna 5 years ago

I often have this feeling. I've always known that other people feel it because it is a common occurrence in the choral world. The mixing of harmonies seems to affect everyone.

My choir teacher in grade school told me it was called "hiripulations" (not a clue on the spelling), the feeling of tingles when hearing or seeing something amazing often starting in the head and traveling down the spine or through the extremities.

I'm not sure if this is a real word or not (though she was very well educated). And I can't find it anywhere on the internet (probably because of spelling) but this is the word I use.


Chris 5 years ago

I get this feeling when I hear people eating crisps(chips)and the sound of the bag crinkling, When having my head, back or arms tickled, when i hear rain on a tent, computer keyboard tapping, when having my hair cut or having a tatoo usually after an injury i experiance this feeling and after having morphine in hospital once was the most intense of this feeling I'm pretty sure it is opiate related endorphins/drugs/Melatonin that cause this feeling but that is just my opinion :)


Nicole 5 years ago

I never thought this was anything special. I just thought everyone got those feelings when they listen to someone drawing, typing, doing something relaxing etc. Nice to know it's something sort of special! :) I love the feeling.

And thank goodness for youtube. So many ASMR videos on there!


!!! 5 years ago

Wow, I was totally shocked by this! It's amazing to find other people have this and that I'm not just some crazy person.

I love the euphoric like experience, and if you haven't experienced it, boy, are you missing out. Crinkling paper, or the opening of a package really gets me. Also listening to older people have conversations will put me over the brain tingle edge.

I'm so glad to have found this!


=] 5 years ago

wow! i never thought that theyr people who cant feel this feeling...


Another one! 5 years ago

I should throw my two cents in. I get this also, pretty strong. It's virtually always triggered by a calm (usually elderly) voice, both male and female. It can last as long as the duration that the speaks for and I have yet to be able to pinpoint what sets it off. There are certain people I know who will trigger it, although I've never mentioned it to them. I also have synaesthesia, and see symmetrical shapes and rotating patterns when I close my eyes. Sounds like I'm not alone in this stuff at all. Not to be all faux-spiritual and hokey (I'm not at all), but I've had a couple of strange experiences with perception that have somewhat freaked me out and a couple of my friends out. I'll leave one out as it's quite a long story, but a friend of mine lost some important paperwork that was on a blue clipboard. He was looking for it for weeks. One night, we were in a room full of people and he mentioned it to me again, I suddenly visualized it in another room that I'd never been in -- and sure enough, that's where it was. Connected? No idea, but that sort of stuff tends to happen to me quite often.


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Anti-Valentine 5 years ago from My lair Author

Interesting theory, Mary.

I'm not sure, but ASMR is generally thought of as being positive, or pleasurable. I'm quite sure however that most of the community would argue that if it isn't pleasurable, it isn't ASMR. :)

It's possible. Sometimes the ASMR I experience is so intense, it borders on being somewhat uncomfortable, but I wouldn't say painful.


Mary 5 years ago

Is there such thing as positive versus negative ASMR? I think I have experienced both (positive=pleasurable, negative=not pleasurable or bothersome).


Tin 5 years ago

Oh my gosh thank u so much for bringing this up! I never really googled it until today, but I have been getting this feeling since I was a child. For me, what triggers this is when I let someone borrow something of mine (like a pen) and I watch them use it, when someone touches or plays with my hair, or when someone is interested in and watching what I am doing, like looking at something i am reading. This is so weird, I thought it was only me who got this! It's really nice to know there are others who get this sensation. I consider myself gentle natured also.


Cansion 5 years ago

I got this feeling when I had left something I printed behind in class, and a teacher had left suggestions written underneath as helpful remarks. It was left for me to find it the next day. It was the fact he had written it to begin with, and the way he wrote it (1...2..3...), that gave me that warm fuzzy feeling (with sleepiness)in the back of the head and temples. Remembering it makes me feel it again.


Lilly 5 years ago

I cant believe other people have this. For me, I get it when I listen to music that has vocal harmony,or when the artist has a really good voice. I also get it when people are brushing my hair with soft strokes, and I get it when people talk and swallow, and make certain sounds with their lips. Weird....But hey its worth mentioning. I didn't know there was a certain diagnose for it. Anyways, very intresting article:)


Caroline 5 years ago

I've been listening to a lot of videos on youtube lately folding paper, rummaging through handbags, a bit of everything really.. and I love to listen to them, so much.

My mother used to run her fingers through my hair when I was a little girl and the feeling was sooo good.

My whole head tingled and I felt shivers down my spine. Now I feel the shivers down my spine and all of the area on my head, above my ears tingles when I listen to these sounds.

I'm still confused as to whether I'm an ASMR "sufferer" or whether the sounds just feel nice to listen to? Are these "head orgasms" out of this world or just what I think I have (which is just a tingly nice feeling)? And although I do relate to almost all of the triggers above, I don't really know if I have ASMR.


PhiljustPhil 5 years ago

I(Male) have had this sensation since 14 I am now 21. When it first happen the sensation was strong and started in my head (very top back area)lasted only seconds(it never has lasted that long for me except on very few situations). Ignored sensation and thought what it was never talk about it for obvious reason as mentioned above honestly if you act out a conversation in your mind with someone regardless of what they say listen to what you say and it becomes quite evident. However i started feeling it more frequently and the sensation sometimes would shoot through my body in certain places. First it would always started in the back of the head and move to the front, sometimes my face then it would shoot down my back, once or twice shot into my arms but not hands, never felt past lower body. I learned i could trigger this sensation off strong emotions mainly anger or sadness or hopeless, dont think i could get joy to work or ever tried. I can amplify the sensation to almost it feels like my head might explode but not control where it goes. Glad to know there are others. The only real comfort is that it is enjoyable. But at the rate we are going do not believe we will ever know for sure what it is simply because of others inability to take us seriously. My sincere guess is the presence of Almighty God, the God of Abranham from king james bible. God Bless. P.S. Hope someone can figure this out.


Jerome 5 years ago

I've been feeling this sensation for years but for some reason never looked into it. It is a completely euphoric feeling and usually occurs when I am feeling centered and focused on the present. Often music will induce the feeling, but it also occurs during seemingly inconsequential moments. In my opinion, it occurs when we are fully in tune with the energy that flows in and out of our bodies. If you've read the Celestine Prophecy - I have similar beliefs, and I think it's very possible that ASMR can be explained through this energy transfer...


lmkb1959 5 years ago

Thank god!!! I'm 52 and have experienced this wonderful affliction for as long as I remember!! Never knew others felt this way. When I told someone about it they looked at me as if I were a freak! I describe it this way: when I see someone reading intently, I can feel their eyes scanning the page as if they were touching it or I can "feel" the brush touch the object while someone is painting. Very relaxing and soothing as if someone were playing with my hair. I love it!!!


Matt 5 years ago

I'm so glad I found this, and now know that I'm not alone. I've experienced this as long as I can remember, but less and less as I've gotten older. I'm not 27 and can say that it's been quite a while since I experienced this. I have noticed that when I focus on my common triggers for this I can (to some degree) initiate the experience. For me, I generally experience the feeling when watch others concentrate, especially handling papers, wrappings, etc. (YouTube "unboxing" videos are great triggers for me.)

I can confidently say that this is not related to any sort of tumor. When I was young I had CAT scans and MRI's done as a precaution while I was experiencing migraines. No tumors were found, but it was discovered that I had what was called a venous angioma (basically the veins in my brain are different from most people). Maybe this is related to the experience? In any case thanks for posting this, I can wait to read more on the subject.


Yulia 5 years ago

I get this when people touch my hair or neck (in the back) and when someone says something nice about me! It's incredibly pleasant.


Chris 5 years ago

For me, it just stays in my brain


Rachel 5 years ago

Wow!! I'm so glad that I found this site-- I've always gotten this tingling feeling. I remember getting it when I was little when I would read books, when people would 'play with my hair' and listening to people whisper.

I get it stil now- I'm 18- when people speak gently to me, like when I'm at the eye doctor, listening to certain music, or if I listen to whispering videos.

I noticed that 'creative' people get this more? Says the article, I am an artsit- I paint and draw- and I have been playing the piano since I was three and taking lessons since I was five.

I'm so glad to know that others experience this wonderful feeling. My Mom thought it was wierd, becuase she didn't understand, though she has decribed goosebumps on her arms when she listens to certain music, but that's not the same as my tingling feeling... The one that starts in the back of the head creeps over the head and down the spine. Haha I always thought I was wierd or something.


Chris 5 years ago

And I thought I was the only one! This is insane, I can't believe other people have this and it's so common!

I've had this since second grade, and since I have sensitive skin, I can induce it by scratching my back/neck. I also get it when people talk in a relaxing voice.


Relaxing Sounds 5 years ago

My website has loads of videos that will induce that tingly feeling! Check it out at http://www.soothetube.com


abby 5 years ago

I'm so glad that I finally searched this topic!

I'm 23 and I've gotten this feeling for as long as I can remember. I think the first time I remember getting it was when I was 7 or 8 watching a movie and a girl unwrapped a present really slowly. I rewound that part over and over and I knew it was strange that I liked to watch it so much but it felt so good! When I was a kid I would watch infomercials for hours. I didn't know why I liked them and my parents thought I was crazy, but the people talking gave me the feeling. When I finally found this site I told my sister to look it up and she said that she gets it too. I never told anyone about it because I thought that it happened to everyone, but apparently that's not the case.


GS 5 years ago

Try listening to the whispers in this song

http://soundcloud.com/playrecords/deadmau5-vs-mell...


GS 5 years ago

I used to get this a lot too, not as much recently but before when I started feeling this I figured out how to keep on having the sensation and I had it straight everyday for like all of last summer. Every chance I had I would make sure to make the tingling occur because it felt so good. Then I started having out of body experiences...and I got scared so I stopped having them all the time. :( I think they are angels communicating.


Jacob 5 years ago

I get this when watching certain scenes in films. The Princess Bride for instance, when the Albino is dabbing the cloth on Wesleys shoulder down in the pit of dispare, or Edward Scissor hands, when she is putting the make up on his face in the Kitchen. Or Krull, near the beginning when the old man is putting his oitmant on a piece of cloth to heal the guys wound. It's these sounds and subtle actions that cause it and I've had it since I was a kid. No idea what it is but its great.

When I used to be a phone tech operator some people would call in and would have very soft spoken voices, and I'd zone out. Sometimes I would ask them to repeat what they just said just to feel the tingle again. Haha, its weird.


eric 5 years ago

used to get this all the time, can't remember the last time it happened before today while reading about it in this article. I remember my all time favorite and most intense tingling feeling in the head was in grade school when the school nurse came in and did a lice check with sticks.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hello AV-This is an interesting hub. I find it interesting b/c I have experienced this 'sensation' throughout my life starting as a young child. Since I've been involved in a particular spiritual group that is focused on soul development I have realized that this sensation is a part of the essence of our Beings. It is the pure Intelligence from a Divine sense and as we become more aware of this Intelligence the sensation will increase because we are tapping into that source of our Beingness.

Interesting hub and very interesting comments following.


DiFont 5 years ago

Im so glad I found this site, great to know there are other people out there experiencing this, almost makes me feel like part of something special. I had the sensation yesterday when reading an email and decided to look it up. Ive spoken to people about it before including my family and they all look at me daft because they dont know what im talking about. I get triggered by much of the same things already mentioned - certain voices being the main one. Other strong triggers for me are filling in questionnaires, doing surveys over the phone as well as someone showing me/explaining how to do something or someone playing with my hair. I haven't yet found a way to induce ASMR consciously but im going to check out the youtube content to see if it works for me. I have become quite good at prolonging and intesifying the feeling once I get it though. I do it by focusing on whatever it was that triggered it and occasionally adjusting my shoulders to make my clothing gently rub against my neck and back. I dont know if its the actual physical stimulus or the slight change of temperature on my neck (or both) that sets it off but when I do this, the feeling comes back like an intense rush over my head and spreads right down my back and remains for a while. Amazing feeling. Thanks for the hub Anti-Valentine, I think youre right that this subject deserves more investigation and I would love to know the reason why it only happens to certain people, there surely must be something we all have in common.


JDrake 5 years ago

Finally...I'm not the only one. I never really thought I was the only one, though. Same triggers as everyone else it seems, except music. Music doesn't do it for me. Certain voices, haircuts, watching older woman shop at discount clothing stores (hearing the hangers move and then the woman looking at the clothing!). I'm curious. I've been doing alot of reading. I haven't seen anyone mention the king of ASMR triggers - Bob Ross - the painter from the 70's and 80's. His show puts me in a trance. Please comment about Bob Ross and the shopping thing.


Andrew 5 years ago

Music is the main trigger for me. String instruments and orchestral music trigger the tingling! Chord changes really intensify these feelings. My profession is music/(Deejay and creator). Though it is also triggered from compassion whether it be visual(films/Tv) or stories and books. Success stories also trigger this feeling! Happy or sad. Basically anything emotive. I can sometimes manage the feeling and control it by a shrug of the shoulders. The tingling is experienced from my upper back, shoulders, neck and the back of my head. I am honoured to experience these feelings and this blog has given me a sense of community. Thank you.


Christina 5 years ago

Finally there's a name for the thing that I've been experiencing all these years! I get it often when I am watching someone (only if its a woman) go through things especially if she's also softly talking about it. Especially if the items don't belong to her. Like if she's shopping in a clothing store and is examining the clothes carefully. I've collected a lot of videos on youtube of girls taking you through their jewelry collection or clothes collection. When I was little I used to love the moment when a new friend would come into my room for the first time. I would always encourage them to look at all my things because I'd get those sensations watching her go through my toys and things. Also of course if someone I don't know well (like a hair dresser) is cutting or styling my hair gently. I've always kind of felt like a creeper because of it and now I feel better. :)


Steve 5 years ago

This is incredible. I'm 20 years old and have been having these sensations for as long as I can remember. I've tried explaining the feeling many times before and have been rejected every time. This means so much to me that I have finally found a reason for the sensations I called - mindgasms.


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