Do you find that certain sounds or physical sensations trigger pleasurable tingles that start from your head and work their way down the spine? If you do, you may be experiencing what is called ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.
One of the first people to write about this phenomenon was Rhodri Marsden. Talking about the sensation, he says it is sparked by “expertise, precision, reassuring speech patterns and gentle sounds.”
ASMR has only come to light in recent years, with the Internet providing a perfect sanctuary for those who experience it. Complete with a dedicated fan-base and research page, ASMR forums and Youtube videos have become increasingly popular.
A search for ASMR on Youtube turns up thousands of videos. One of the most popular producers of such videos is TheWaterWhispers, who boasts over 800,000 views. Most of these ASMR videos involve women talking softly and performing repetitive movements.
Another Youtube favourite is Heather Feather; in one of her most popular videos she brushes her hair while wet before drying it and then brushes it again while dry. This lasts for over an hour and has received over 32,000 views.
While some people may expect such videos to be subject to ridicule, the opposite appears to be true. People seem to drop their guard and comments are almost entirely positive. Many people thank the creators of the videos for helping them to relax and sleep at times when medication failed.
Jenn Allen coined the term Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response in 2010, however it is unlikely that this phenomenon is a new one. It is more likely that the Internet simply allowed people to be more open about what they experienced.
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