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Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs.I knew nothing about ASMR until I went searching for new relaxation techniques (to sleep) and discovered Type B:
Most ASMR episodes begin by an external or internal trigger, and are so divided for classification. Type A episodes are elicited by the experiencer using no external stimuli, and are typically achieved by specific thought patterns unique to the individual.
Type B episodes are triggered involuntarily by an external trigger, via one or more senses, and may also involve specific thought patterns associated with the triggering event. Both types of triggers vary between individuals, but many are common to a large portion of ASMR enjoyers.Common ASMR triggers are haircuts (which always make me want to nap), certain speech patterns and voices, watching slow, purposeful movement, etc. (The website linked above offers a list.) Apparently, there is an entire ASMR community on YouTube made up of people who make various types of videos for the sole purpose of triggering someone else's ASMR (to get their tingles on, to relax, and often to sleep.) Sadly:
Some people, it seems, simply aren't susceptible, whilst others (like myself) are highly sensitive to its effects. For those that cannot experience this phenomenon, I am truly sorry for you. Seriously. You poor bastards. Nicholas Tuffnell: ASMR: Orgasms for Your BrainWhile some like scalp massage role playing videos, or the soft whispering videos, or various other kinds, the otherwise silent scratching videos fairly quickly knock me out: