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Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)… maybe you’ve experienced it

Ever get those tingly feelings in your scalp or down your spine  if someone plays with your hair, or if you listen to someone read or whisper? You may be experiencing ASMR. Don’t worry, it’s not a debilitating condition; in fact, it’s also known as “attention induced head orgasm” or “attention induced euphoria”. How can that be a bad thing? 🙂

The scientific definition:

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.

Since I was a kid, I get tingly sensations in the back of my head and down the spine periodically. It could be from watching someone write with a pen and hearing the scratching on the paper, or someone collating papers, or even the sound of books being moved into place on a bookshelf. Some folks get it when listening to their favorite music, or when getting a haircut. Scalp massages… good stuff.

Never really gave a thought if that was something everyone felt once in a while, until I talked to my husband about it one day and he said he never had. Hmmm… interesting.

In reality, those sorts of things are known as “triggers”, or whatever sets off the tingles. It’s relaxing and euphoric at the same time, without having to ingest any chemicals to trigger the process. All natural, baby 😉

In articles I’ve read on the subject, researchers even set up groups to study it in hopes of one day being able to understand why some folks get it and others don’t. It may be genetic, although I’ve yet to ask my parents if they’ve ever experienced it. I really should get on that.

With the advent of Youtube, it’s pretty easy to find ASMR-triggering videos all over the place. Type ASMR in in the search bar and tons of results pop up. Videos range from someone whispering things to a cat purring to watching someone put together a model airplane. The point is, triggers can vary widely.

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