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ASMR [eɪesemɑɚ] (autonomous sensory meridian response)

s. & adj. ASMRist [eɪesemɑrɪst] and also ASMRtist [eɪesemɑɚtɪst]


The word "libido" is a psychoanalytic term and it would be meaningless anywhere else other than in treatments of physical symptoms of neurosis.

With individual differences, ASMR triggers are mainly visual and auditory, etc. The good feeling of ASMR is not localized on the genitalia. However, as the good feeling of ASMR can induce drowsiness, there is no possibility of being under any adrenaline effect. There is no statistical data, and in order to know actually something about ASMR in actual wide public field, the comments on YouTube can be simply most reliable as material. It is recommendable to read attentively those YouTube comments.

One of the very essential points of ASMR is that the triggers are not sexual things: in that sense, Bob Ross can be considered as an iconic ASMR artist; thanks to his physical appearance. Another essential point is that the triggers are produced by movements of someone. Even if it is identical with a trigger sound, the sound or the movement of a machine cannot be a trigger. Also, sound of rain, sea waves, insects or animals, etc., cannot be a trigger. It must be made by a person as doing something specific intentionally, very consciously, not carelessly. A trigger sound is precisely determined with its specific act, such as hand movements, etc.

Logically, ASMR videos don't need to be always in stereo, binaural. The popularity of each ASMR video by YouTube's "like button" clicks seems to have no relationship with the use of binaural recording. The stereo effect of binaural recording can make some positional sensation of 3D imagination. The brain tingle by binaural sound and ASMR are two quite different things. Monaural sound recording would realize the perfect effect of ASMR triggers. Certain stereo sound would rather be converted into monaural sound for better ASMR effect, even with headphones. Also, the effect of an ASMR trigger is not dependent on closing the eyes or not, and not dependent on the volume of the sound. Of course, such as "whispering", which must be with a soft voice by definition, there are many action-triggers with necessarily a small sound. Anyway, the regulation of the volume of a ASMR video of a trigger does not affect much whether you feel it or not, if you don't feel anything with this trigger. When a person has not ASMR sensation for a certain trigger, there is no use trying to feel ASMR for this trigger.

ASMR sensation can be used for a relaxation, but ASMR sensation in itself is not a relaxation, nor a product of relaxation. (By the way, if you really need a relaxation in everyday life, as having irritation, etc., see a doctor internist rather than internet.)

I think there is no unconscious relationship between ASMR triggers and baby period memories. The ASMR sensations must be products of some congenital neurological illusions, close to social grooming, with regard to a repetition of the sounds and the images of specific acts. A sensation can be considered sexual when the Conscieous identifies a manifestation of the Libido as sexual, but in neurological illusions, non-sexual objects can produce some gratified non-sexual sensation. The sounds of specific careful act-movements of someone with the specific things can produce a good neurological sensation. Acts-movements of ASMR triggers are done with the hands or the mouth. The sound triggers are sounds of friction, tapping, voice, things, etc., autonomously depending on each person who has ASMR, but always made by the hands of someone or the mouth of someone. An ASMR trigger might be a movement of someone with its specific sound. Maybe θ wave appears in the brain of some people who watch those acts, but there is no data about it.

Indirect social grooming

Without any statistical data, I simply wonder if the people with ASMR have a feeling of nervousness with a real cutaneous contact? Is there any tendency to the color vision abnormality in the family? Obviously, as I remarking in Youtube videos, the ASMR persons themselves are very very smart persons, but is there anyone in the family or the relatives someone who is not, or was not, a very bright student in school? I think there is a possibility to propose a hypothesis of an element of autism spectrum, which is so sensitive to the sensation of touching and even the sound of someone who is touching something can affect a cutaneously causing good sensation. Often the people who are very intelligent and have a little bit of Asperger character don't like being really cutaneously touched. Is there any Tourette and OCD element? ADHD?