Jenny Nicholson's "Top 10 Reasons I Won't Do ASMR" ASMR

My husband is the same way. He has an ASMR response, but not to videos of crinkling paper, taping and water. Those noises are not conducive to anything but annoyance for him. Bob Ross, guided medication, etc are much better for him.


I’m pretty sure guided medication would help a lot of us! (:slight_smile:)


A new entry for What is your band name, rapper name, album name?


It’s called concentration.

The audio channels are switched. Does that mess with ASMR people? Or just folks like me?

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well worth listening to the end.

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Claim? hah… it’s real I’ve never gotten it from such random sounds though mostly music particularly music with TB 303’s. Sometimes it comes from just taking in a nice view (no soundtrack needed). I have no clue why but watching legion recently almost every episode triggered it multiple times and I kind of wonder if there was something done on purpose to trigger it. shrug

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I love the way she expresses herself, its so chill but with emotion in a way, I’m surprised she maded on here, she’s not that big on YT

Same here. I definitely get it, but only when being touched in some way (hair cut, medical exam, etc). I find the idea of the videos interesting, but I never have a real reaction to them.

This isn’t her first mention on boingboing

There may be others.

Ooohhh, okay, she’s just obscured for the most part

Lol she’s so witty

ASMR puts you to sleep. If that sounds sexual to you, you have a really bad sex life.

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do you get the tinglies?

I don’t really get “tingles.” Mostly it just makes me bliss-out.

I’m more interested in frisson, myself. That’s what I look for in music. If AMSR is completely different, please tell me-- as it would save me a lot of time.


That’s a really hard one to answer because I don’t think I’ve ever experienced frisson, and my experience of ASMR is as more of a blissful hypnosis than the tingly sensation that people tend to describe—though I do feel something akin to warmth on the back of my neck and head. There are enough similarities that it seems possible to me that they’re related in some way.

The Conversation has a piece suggesting that frisson has to do with how the body responds to unexpected stimuli. That’s interesting because expectation figures heavily into ASMR. Videos wear off if you rewatch them too many times; the better videos are less repetitious.

I tend to think that ASMR is a form of synesthesia. This is supported by the visual component—that people get better ASMR by watching someone get a message, have their hair played with, or when the ASMRtist interacts directly with the camera. Probably this has some connection to primate grooming behavior (which is what Nicholson is misunderstanding when she compares it to BDSM).

The discussion of expectation in The Conversation article also brought to mind a piece by Jonah Lehrer at Wired where he argues that aesthetic beauty is a form of curiosity/pattern recognition—that we find things beautiful that are recognizable to us as patterns, while containing enough unpredictability to pique our interest in what we don’t quite grasp.

Possibly both ASMR and frisson are synesthetic reward systems that we evolved to condition our response to the unexpected. ASMR = “Calm down, it’s just your mom picking ticks off your back.” Frisson = “Pay attention when new interpretations of your environment present themselves.”

Apologies if I’m rambling. Short answer: “I don’t know, maybe.”


Watched long enough to realize I’d misread the title. Not Jack Nicholson.

Thanks for interesting links. I experience a kind of frission that doesn’t manifest as tingles or chills, I CRY. It is like instant tears that only last for a few seconds. Freakin’ embarrassing for a 50sih dude. Biggest “trigger” is live recorded music, but lots of stuff does it; mostly aural. I heard somewhere that brains are weird. Seconded.


I’m a sucker for tear jerking music in film, but only a subset of those produce those dlicious goosbumps.

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