Is ASMR A Real Thing? What is ASMR?
When I was first told to watch an ASMR video on Youtube, I was a bit baffled by the idea. A good friend of mine tried explaining it to me in person, and I had no clue what she was talking about. In fact, I probably gave her a quizzical look when she first uttered the acronym. Then, it happened...I watched an ASMR video that made me feel so relaxed, so hypnotized. So entranced. The feeling actually lasted for hours. Floating on cloud nine, and more calm than I have ever felt on any given weeknight.
So what the heck is ASMR? Is it beneficial and real or just another crazy trend? Let's take a look at the world of ASMR, the theories and potential benefits behind it. You may find out that you yourself are indeed an ASMR-er.
My Favorite ASMR Video:
So what is ASMR?
ASMR is an acronym that stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. Or to put it simply, it is a pleasant, tingly feeling that a person can feel at the top of their head. In some cases, people can experience the tingles radiating over their entire heads, down their necks, and even to their limbs. Not everyone is known to have this physiological response, and most of the people who admit to having ASMR only have the feeling when they hear, see, feel, or experience certain things (meaning that it's not random but there are certain stimuli that trigger your body to have this response). Have you ever had someone brush your hair or perhaps give you a massage, and you've felt this amazingly relaxing tingly feeling in your head or neck? That is what ASMR is. Sometimes just a whisper or someone paying close attention to you might give you this feeling.
In recent years, there has been a surge of Youtube Channels that make videos of what they call "triggers" of sounds and visuals in order to induce the viewer to have an ASMR or the "head tingles". Other names for this phenomenon include "head-gasms" and "weird head sensation". There are others out there now, too.
If you were to search Youtube for ASMR, you would find hundreds of videos of various ASMR triggers. These include things such as people whispering or speaking very softly, tapping on objects, crinkling papers, crinkling plastic, brushing hair, slowly making things with their hands, and more. The ASMR phenomenon has taken on a subculture of sorts, almost its own community on the internet.
Another common video to trigger ASMR includes scenes where the video-creator acts out specific scenarios that are known to cause a person to experience ASMR. Haircuts, face painting, doctor's visits, ear examinations, suit-sizings, massages, and more are included into these ASMR role-playing trigger videos. To some this may seem quite fetish-like or strange, but if you have ASMR and watch these videos you will possibly become an ASMR-supporter (like me!).
What is the benefit of ASMR?
So now that you have an idea of what ASMR is, you might be wondering is there any point to this weirdness? Well, I'm here to assure you that there is. Since being introduced to ASMR recently, I am able to release my anxiety every night and have a full and restful night's sleep. The feeling of ASMR is one that is inherently relaxing and will have you melting into your bed in no time. Even if you don't experience the head tingles the first time, don't worry. You more than likely might later on. And if not, watch the videos just to introduce a sense of peace and relaxation to your evenings.
It's like having your own personal masseuse or stylist paying attention to you and only you...what could be more relaxing than that? Okay, maybe a real hairstylist or masseuse, but this is the next best thing.
In a world where everything is go-go-go, and we have to rush to do everything in life, what would it hurt to find 25 minutes to sit back, relax, and watch a video of such simplicity? Do you really think that watching an episode of Jersey Shore is going to put you into a Zen state of mind? Highly doubtful. Relaxation is a necessary state of being in life...it keeps us healthy and strong.
Some people even find ASMR to be inspiring, as there are many artists and extremely creative individuals involved in the ASMR community. One of my favorite artist's in the ASMR online community is known as SilentCitadel. A majority of her videos show off her artwork, or even show her creating her pieces of art. This is relaxing to watch in and of itself, but throw in her whispering voice and tapping fingernails and wham! Instant head tingles and instant Zen. Check her out here:
Are you an ASMR-er?
Now that you know the basics of ASMR, you might want to shoot on over to Youtube and find out if you are indeed an ASMR-er. Before you do that, a few words to the wise to help encourage a state of relaxation:
- sit in a comfortable chair or up in a bed
- have the computer up close and personal
- put on headphones or earbuds, the sound will seem much more realistic
- try out different trigger videos, but give each of them time to sink in. Best to try one video out per night. The first time I watched them, it just relaxed me...no head tingles. The second time though, head tingle-central.
- don't let your husband/wife watch it with you, or they'll think you're into some weird stuff! (laughter here...as I've been through it already!)
Creative people, introverts, and spiritual people tend to be the ones who really enjoy ASMR. Try it out and let me know what you all think.
Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.
Some Talented ASMR-ers:
- ~GentleWhispering~ - YouTube
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- Kanaal van TheWaterwhispers - YouTube
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- KiwiWhispers Relaxation - YouTube
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