ASMR Triggers – Common ASMR triggers that cause tingles

There are some ASMR triggers which you will find reoccur regularly in ASMR videos. Everyone’s personal triggers will vary slightly, what works for other people won’t necessarily work for you. Running through the list of triggers below might help you find new ASMR triggers that you didn’t know about, or hadn’t thought of before. Or if you are not sure whether you experience ASMR yourself, have a look at the list and you should be able to tell by the end. Remember, these are just the most common, and won’t necessarily work for everyone, so don’t worry if they don’t all give you tingles.

 ASMR Triggers

    1. Whispering

      This is possibly the most popular and common ASMR trigger, at least if the prevalence of You Tube videos is anything to go by.

    2. Scratching and tapping

    3. Blowing

    4. Bob Ross

      I must admit that I had never heard of Bob Ross before I discovered ASMR, and chances are that if you live outside America this will be the case for you too. Technically speaking Bob Ross is simply provides a good combination of many of the other common triggers, but because of his widespread popularity as an ASMR trigger I thought he was worth mentioning on his own. The great thing about being triggered by Bob Ross is that you can buy full length DVDs so you can quickly and easily get some ASMR going from the comfort of your couch.

    5. Pages turning

    6. Personal attention

      This trigger can encompass many different situations generally presented in ASMR videos through different role plays. Common themes include haircuts, facials, doctor’s examinations.

    7. Touching the head

      Touching your head or hair can be a trigger in the real world, however sometimes it can also be a trigger when simulated in a video.

    8. Concentration on a task

      If this is a trigger for you there are many tutorial videos that have been made that will trigger your ASMR unintentionally.


If you want to find out more about ASMR Videos or how to find them check out the ASMR Videos page. Often the most successful ASMR videos will include a variety of triggers, and sometimes that combination can produce much more of an effect than the isolated triggers themselves, for some good examples of this check out our round-up of cranial nerve exam videos.

None of these ASMR Triggers work for you?

Orgasmatron - an alternative ASMR trigger

Not everybody experiences ASMR, so it could be you fall into this group. Alternatively your triggers might simply be more obscure. If you can’t find anything that triggers the ASMR sensation for you, the only other way (that I know of) to experience the sensation is with a head massaging tool called the orgasmatron. Personally this produces tingles that are much more intense than any other ASMR trigger for me.  It is also a great way to explain the ASMR sensation to other people. They’re really cheap too.

  • Elysium Echo

    A minor detail, I know, but I’d really appreciate it if you wouldn’t call the head massager an “orgasmatron”. There are enough attempts by the media, both advertent and inadvertent, to sexualize ASMR, and we really don’t want newcommers to get the wrong idea. Those who experience ASMR may be able to easily look past the dis-analogy, but for those who don’t, it’s little things like this that make it that much harder.

    I say “dis-analogy” because when you think about it, ASMR is nothing like an orgasm, and in fact is closer to the exact opposite of an orgasm on the spectrum of things that feel good. Orgasms are short intense bursts that are characterized by tension, desire, need, etc. ASMR often involves letting go, relaxing and just being at peace. I think ASMR is a more anticipatory sensation, where often times the anticipation is actually better than the thing anticipated. But the anticipation of sex, without actual sex is for most people extremely frustrating.

    While the adjective “intense” is often used to describe the tingles, I’m not sure this is correct either, even though I’m not quite sure what’s wrong with it. Think: you would never say you had an “intense” nap, but yet “intense” ASMR often yields the best sleep.

    Call it a “tingletron”, or a “relaxacet” or something like that if you must, but please don’t call it “orgasmatron” (personally, I think “head massager” or “scalp massager” works just fine). I have one, and yes, I do agree that they are awesome btw. I also find that every time I discover a new massage toy/tool it always triggers me just to look at it.

    • Jeff Thomson

      Thanks for your comments Elysium. I used the term orgasmatron simply because this is the name by which I’ve always known those massagers. I didn’t make up the word, i believe it was a brand name that they were originally available under, perhaps that was just in Australia. But I understand your point. I’m planning a page outlining this issue, so I’ll be sure to include that link and clarify the text when that is ready.

      I do think that you can have a nap which is more intense than another nap, it’s about comparing how full on a sensation is, and I can’t think of another way of saying quite the same thing.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always love getting feedback.

      • Elysium Echo

        Ah, I see what you mean now, but if you do a search on Google for “orgasmatron”, you’ll get enough *other* hits to make you wonder. It’s good for a laugh anyway. There’s a firebox link that describes it as “The worst case of Dodgy Naming in the history of everything”, lol.

        While I will admit that ASMR (and sleep) is definitely the kind of thing that admits of “more” and “less” descriptors, I’m still not convinced that it is “intensity” that is the proper target of the “more” and “less” (btw, do you see what I mean? “intense” by itself isn’t a term of comparison. You need to introduce “more” and “less” for this… but more and less what?). However, I’ll also admit that I’m at a loss to suggest a better term. Maybe this is the kind of thing that merits it’s own category, and eventually we’ll just say that something is more or less ASMR… doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though…

        • Bojorco

          It is indeed the name it is sold under. I bought one in Brazil. One
          was used on me at a party, and the person said it was only sold at sex
          shops, which I thought was weird because it was not a sexual stimulus at
          all. But I still ran out to a sex shop and bought one. A year or so
          later Bed, Bath and Beyond had a heavier-duty one with thicker wired and
          thicker bulbs at the end of them, and it had a different name and was
          manufactured by a different company as the one I got in Brazil.

      • Max Parr

        I think ASMR has been associated with a sexual background even before the name ASMR was used to describe the feeling.
        ‘Attention Induced Head Orgasm’ was the first recorded name for this experience and can be found when searching for ASMR origins. I believe (unfortunately) theres always going to be a sexual association. Also, the fact our body is flooded with endorphins also gives those who either a) lack in knowledge and b) the media a reason to think ASMR has such a strong sexual link.

    • José Monsanto

      “ASMR often involves letting go, relaxing and just being at peace. I think ASMR is a more anticipatory sensation, where often times the anticipation is actually better than the thing anticipated.” — Best description EVA’! Thank you

    • Mandee

      I agree; the orgasm analogies are horribly off, in my experience. I’ve had ASMR since childhood, though I’m new to learning that not everyone does. For me, it’s really a subtle, pleasant tingle in the scalp, and sometimes shoulders. It is not an intense feeling at all. Just very peaceful and pleasant.

      • Syl e bil e

        I’m so glad I read these few posts before I commented on my experience, and asked what the best thing may be for me that is non physical. I was a child care provider for 20 years, and the first time I experienced what your describing as an adult, was when one of the babies crawled to my painted toe nails, and started touching my toes very softly. The feeling was so soft, so gentle and she looked so cute with her concentration on those red toe nails lol. The feeling was not sexual in anyway, it felt like love exhaling from my soul, and my head neck and arms felt like goose bumps but very soft and tingly. After that, I found that playing drawing games on our backs with the kids, was how to feel that everyday. Honestly, kids touch sooo gently, they are so naturally innocent, it feels like an angel pacing through your body, and I often would fall asleep with them when we did it at nap time. This feeling of such innocence seems to be a trigger for me. So how do I find that feeling with no human touch? As a child, my mother would put me to sleep with what our family calls “ticky”, its very soft touch with the fingers gliding across your arm or back and neck. It’s a sure way to fall asleep, but how do u get that tingly feeling in your scalp without touch? And I had one of those head massagers before, he’s it felt nice, but nothing like how u can relax from someone else’s touch on your skin so soft it’s like a skin wisper. Sigh, I have no one who gives me human touch. And haven’t for many years now. I feel so alone physically ( not sexual). Sorry for such long note, but I have not slept in weeks, literally, I can’t sleep more than an hour or two, and not until sunup. I’m so physically and mentally exhausted, I cry for God’s help at night. PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS! I need the simplest and fastest suggestions, thanks. Sad Sue xo.

        • Thurthton Thithertinton

          Try massage therapy, especially Lomi Lomi massage, if you can. It will turn your life around.

        • Gwen Fee

          You could try a hair dryer. You just have to find the one with the sound an temperature most agreeable to you. I usually put it at a safe distance behind my back on the mattress, so the wind and warmth caresses it. Just don’t fall asleep before turning it off or use a socket/output with a timer switch. Hope it helps.

    • Mary Goodson

      The experiences I have are very different from yours, based on what you’ve shared here. Nothing “anticipatory” about it for me. And the sensual experiences vary widely for me, depending on the trigger that causes it. They range on a spectrum that goes from deeply Spiritual to Sensual to Sexual, with about 30 degrees on that spectrum.

      The least sexual and most Spiritual ASMR I’ve ever had was when I was traveling in the Holy Land, and a man trained as a Jewish Cantor ( recited/sang a prayer in a Baha’i Temple. My entire body throbbed with the sound that poured out of that man’s soul My skin felt so tight I could have been a clothing size smaller, the tingles of deep joy coursed in whirls under my skin, my blood pounding through my veins. If you’ve ever watched videos of sand on top of speakers… it felt like that man’s voice was having that effect on my body, changing the very cell structure, just with the sound of his chanting. It was amazing. It was incredibly intense. And definitely spiritual.

      In the middle of the ASMR spectrum I have all sorts of triggers. A deep male voice reading Holy Scriptures. Definitely not as spiritual a response as the Cantor, but still pleasant, even so. A favorite trigger is good music, either played or sung. Usually it’s a voice that does it for me, more so than instruments. Depending on the type of song, lyrics and the melody/drums, music can trigger a wide range of ASMR types for me. Some are very much at the spiritual end, while others bring back the memory of ASMR events, and the memory itself triggers a mild repeat. Really good foods (eating or even smelling them) can trigger tingles in head and shoulders; while a head, back or foot massage can all be triggers, depending on the skill of the person.

      At the other end of the spectrum, I had a memory of a sexual experience that was such a strong trigger that for almost 15 years after the event, just thinking about that experience could trigger an actual orgasm with full body ASMR. (sorry if that’s TMI) (And don’t anyone be too jealous, I’m now old, gray, fat and long past those days in my life, but I’ve got the memories. LOL)

      Addressing the issue here of the wire scalp thingy… yeah that one’s right smack in the center of Sensual. Nothing sexual about it, though – for me – nothing particularly Spiritual either. I’ve only ever seen them sold as “Scalp Tinglers”, and didn’t find it very special. I much prefer my Denman scalp massagers. THOSE trigger intense ASMR’s for me. My whole body from crown to toes feels like it’s melting in joy when I scrub my head with two of those things, one in each hand. WOW.

      • Pet Richoria

        I only found out that my physical sensations were a ‘thing’ that not everybody experiences yesterday, after listening to a radio program about it. Like you, Mary, I have a whole range of experiences from momentary euphoric head ‘lifts’ to all-over tingling and prickling (not always very pleasant). These sensations have also been associated with a whole range of experiences, including sexual ones. Music is a massive trigger of my sensations, as is spiritual experience or prayer. As for religious music – Orthodox chant will definitely get me there, and singing with my shape note group is indescribably intense. So thank you for your brilliantly described experiences which have helped me to see my spectrum of sensations as part of a whole…something.

        Incidentally, I’m now wondering if my embarrassing tendency to well up at almost any expression of art or culture (meaning that I’ve had to perfect a whole range of distraction techniques to prevent my neighbours on the sofa/gallery/theatre/cinema from realising I’m silently blubbing away) is part of this phenomenon. Even a well placed advert, I’m ashamed to say, can set me off. It didn’t occur to me until I found out about the Tingles (sorry, hate the scientised term ASMR) that the tear jerk response might be related to my other sensations. Any thoughts on that, anyone?

        • Sylph Nightbloom

          Oh! Everything you said resonates for me, Pet Richoria! I have specific songs that tingle me all to pieces, and these have always been my special favorites, which I would play again and again, and share with others, in hopes that they would experience something similar. Some are Pink Floyd’s “Echoes,” Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles’ Last Stand,” Radiohead’s “Subterranean Homesick Alien,” Tool’s “Jimmy,” St. Vincent’s “The Bed,” Beck’s “Lonesome Tears,’ and The Morning Benders’ ” Pleasure Sighs.” There are many, many more, though!

          I have definitely had this sensation many times from sexual activities, or leading up to them, as foreplay. Also while masturbating from about age 2 and up, instinctively using effleurage upon my own skin, as I comforted myself to help me sleep. I don’t see why anyone would be troubled if this phenomenon is associated with sexuality. It is undoubtedly sensual, and so is sex, so it is natural for there to be some overlap.

          I, too, have a hair-trigger tear response to anything touching, which is displayed to me cinematically, and is nearly always accompanied by the tingles. I am touched by things that I think other people would find odd, however, like the concept of reincarnation, or psychic phenomena, or anything gently sexual and romantic. Most especially scenes like those in “The Blue Lagoon,” where the kids grow up, and discover each other as sexual beings, in innocence and freedom, tend to touch my heart most, and cause emotion and tears to well up.

          Perhaps it is a feeling of a lack of fulfillment of my desires, which causes me to overflow with this emotion when I see such things represented on-screen. It is not a negative thing for me, however, because I will willingly seek out movies that have such themes, even though i know how I am likely to be affected. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

          • Pet Richoria

            Ha ha, yes St Vincent’s voice is very breathy and intimate, as is Beck’s on that album – one of my all time favourites for relaxing and getting to sleep with. Personally, I think it’s the intimate qualities/associations of whispering that helps to trigger the tingles, so I’m not surprised that breathy or intimate vocals do the trick too.

            On the wonders of music generally: I spent today working with a very challenging child with both Down’s syndrome and autism. Luckily, he loves music. He demanded Muse for his reward breaks today, and listened to – and sang along with – Mercy with complete abandonment and joy. Brilliant!

          • Strawb77

            i find st. vincent`s [new atow] album `masseducation` very tingly.

    • Violetta

      I’m glad you clarified that. This field does deserve some legitimacy.

    • Crystal Visions

      Orgasms are only short for men so it is more like a female orgasm. I originally found other people like me by searching on google for “scalp orgasm” because nobody had yet coined the term ASMR.

    • lee

      I call it an ASMR Trigger — it makes sense and it fits in with what it does.

  • smow

    I have a battery operated tingler. It’s awesome. I don’t consider myself to have ASMR tho. It just feels good like a scalp massage :)

  • MrGamma

    The cranial nerve examinations are the best. The ASMR’tists here are excellent

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  • justwondering

    Hi I’ve had these sensations all my life. Can anyone else have these sensations by just thinking? It took me time but now I can control the way the waves go ie left side or right side, half way down or all the way down the legs and how strong the sensation is but always starting at the head. I’m sure everyone gets the sensation when listning to music and other stuff like that but can anyone tell me if others can control this sensation and if it is used in meditation? I get this sensation when relaxing but also when im in some kind of threat and it makes me more calm in case I need to defend my self. some times I cant control it and happens when im out and about but most times control able, its like electric tingles that go in waves one after the other and you can hold one wave for awhile in one spot of body, just thinking about is giving me the tingles.

    • squallleonhart1 .

      Sounds like ‘frisson’ to me. Similar to ASMR, but completely different.

      • Why UCare

        But frisson is triggered also, no? I mean you cannot get frisson by sheer will power, right?

        • KBerndt

          Yes, I can cause it down my arms, you have to “tickle” your nervous system.

    • patty c

      Try Belly apps…………good for many different things…………… my previous post to learn how to use…………….u ccan download on ur ph “Belly apps”. So many to choose from.

    • Why UCare

      YES!!! I can do that, but I cannot control left or right.. it’s always one wave down my whole body, but I can control the strength of it and it removes my headache when I’m doing it while meditating for just like a minute or less. I can do it anytime I want without any outside triggers…. glad someone is like me.

      • FMM

        i can do that too,just by thinking about it. i’ve always thought it is something spiritual.

        • Why UCare

          AWESOME. I’m not alone. What does it do for you? Does it affect your life like mine?

    • renGek

      I sort of can by using my thumb and finger and slightly pinching the area of my nose between my eyes and sometimes a little higher towards my eyebrows. Works about 50% of the time.

    • Andrew Manzano

      Yes, I can do that too! It gets so powerful that it can make me yawn. Other than that water dripping, people eating, or a clock ticking always triggers it

    • KBerndt

      I can do this as well. I first started learning how to do it in my legs, then after reading other forums l learned how to do it in my neck and upper back. When I do it in my neck I can cause goose pimples down my arms. I also think it is frisson as it is different than ASMR which is much harder to achieve, though I have felt that as well.

      I believe the two are related in some way as I can experience ASMR if I’m relaxed while watching the videos. ASMR is more of a sensation in the head, like a “head high” and makes me feel dreamy.

    • Glenn

      I don’t have exactly what you described, but I can make waves of energy pulsate through my body. It’s really hard to describe. It’s not pleasant, but not painful. It’s almost like I’m twitching with energy inside. I’ve never even attempted to write about it before. This thread’s probably as close to the right place as any. haha

      • Erulasse Aranel

        Oh my goodness I can do that as well! I was wondering whether anyone else could and I figured I’d never be able to search it because it’s probably a fairly rare and small thing… “Twitching with energy inside” is perfect though.
        Now that I know that others can do the same thing, and actually do more of a triggering-ASMR thing, I’ll see if I can by practice learn to control it better because I’m disappointed that I can’t experience ASMR by trigger ^u^

        • Glenn

          Yeah that’s it exactly. I can’t trigger ASMR through it though. I’ve used it to help move into lucid dreaming and out-of-body experiences.

          As far as ASMR goes, check out Lower Limb Examination on Youtube. It’s unintentional medical ASMR at it’s best IMO.

          • Erulasse Aranel

            I was researching triggering ASMR/frisson and someone said (;wap2) that controlling goosebumps, which may or may not be what I can do, actually feeds off your muscles or something… I haven’t been able to back this up though I’ve tried, but what’s your opinion on it? (I’m weak enough without atrophying my muscles inducing frissons XD)

          • Glenn


            Sadly I don’t know anything about it past describing the sensation. These comment threads are actually the most information I’ve seen. I doubt there’s much official research on it. I don’t induce the waves much because they’re tiring.

    • Blacklight Enoch

      I get it when I think really inspiring thoughts. And it’ll be a huuuuuge burst if it has anything to do with a metaphysical realization. Mostly I just get it with music, through inspiring lyrics, or cultural sounds. I feel that ASMR helps re-wire the neurons in your brain to let go of negative associations. Like a roadblock of realization just got pulled away, and your perception on something shifts; thanks Ganesha. I believe your mind does it to stimulate more empathy, and it’s the result of ideas connecting.

    • Alex

      I swear, once I was thinking about the meaning of life and if the universe didn’t exist, WHAT would exist, and I got a weird feeling in my chest region, spinal region and the head/scalp. Weird but awesome!

    • Mary Goodson

      This is the first time I’ve ever heard of self controlling or self-triggering it. Huh. I suspect that everyone’s experience is different, with each one having their own triggers and abilities of control. Must the same way some people can wiggle their ears or scalp muscles, while others can’t. Being able to identify and internal structure and control it is completely individual. LOL My sister’s husband could cross one of his small toes over the other, they way we do when we cross our fingers. It was an odd thing he could control, much as “justwondering” is able to self-trigger his/her ASMR.

      • Why UCare

        I can cross my small toes over the other. I also control my own ASMR and start it without any triggers. It removes my headaches and relaxes me, and sometimes even affects the one I’m intimate with. Can you do it? Or are you just curious?

    • Ed. Kennedy

      My most intense experiences were triggered by a human voice. The sensations rise up from my upper back and shoulders and wash over my neck and scalp. By mentally replaying these voices I could repeat the sensation but for a shorter period and not quite as intense. I’ve just discover this is ASMR and I am fascinated by other’s experiences with this incredible euphoric sensation. Oh, and it’s entirely non-sexual for me as well.

    • Benjamm Middleton

      For sure i also Can bring it on simply by thinking it.

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  • Savanna Little

    I love it when people floss or when people chew gum and whisper. Also when people play with game controllers.

  • Guest

    I don’t know if I have the asmr described here, but I find myself getting something like ‘warm chills’ along my back and head. They often happen when I relax myself or feel apprehensive. Examples are; during wreck it Ralph when Ralph was falling towards the mentos on coke bottle mountain. I was getting Butt tons of these. Or maybe when I am sort of tense and its a cold day, I move around a little and feel some tingles. I get these tingles whenever I expect something sort of intense to happen; explosions, a crushing impact, the defeat of a character I love. But only when I expect it, never during.

    • JavaBeanJohnny

      That’s frisson, like squallleonhart1 said.

      • Kallie

        Omigosh … I have always wondered what the heck that was. Occasionally when I watch a movie and see someone experience intense pain or severe situation … I sometimes feel a split second of tiny needles all over my body. I thought maybe I was empathizing with the victim or something. Is that what y’all are referring to, though?

  • Claud

    I am intrigued by how vast the ASMR community seems to be. I have strange tingling sensations on the top of my head, so I typed this in to google and ASMR info appeared. On all the different sites and notice boards etc. I have not seen a description however that matches my trigger so I think I might be experiencing something slightly different. My sensations are triggered by people next to me sleeping and beginning to dream. I get the tingle and then become aware that the person is twitching the way people do when they dream. It has happened to me with my boyfriend a lot, my sister once when we had to share a bed. It also happened with a complete stranger next to me on a plane and even once with my cat when he was dreaming. It’s not an unpleasant sensation but I wouldn’t say it was the ecstatic sensory experience that others have described. It has also happened in a more everyday waking experience way, when I worked with a young man with autism who was verbalising in a way that wasn’t clear communicative speech but rather jumbly kind of talk. I am interested if anyone else has had a similar experience to this. Thanks

    • avle

      Yes, i used to meet with a woman once a month. She would get to my desk and start talking. I felt i was in a trance, like she was affecting my brain waves. She had had a brain injury and surgery. I later met another lady who was a neighbor and she had the same effect on me. It was later discovered that she had a brain tumor. I’ve never had that experience before or since except sometimes fluorescent lights cause the same feeling.

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  • patty c

    Dr Oz demo’d this a few wks ago & called it the same thing. So it really depends on where ur thinking is as to how u interpit the name.
    Don’t blame the poor guy for callin it by its actual name.

  • Keely Kapsoff

    I remember the first time i experienced ASMR: I was laying on the couch when i was 5, I think i was having bad dreams and wanted to sleep closer to my parents. The dryer was going and my head was tingling the whole time. I will never forget that first time. Just this year i found out about the ASMR community and i finally have the answer that i have been looking for! So happy!

    • Betty Jarman-Sylvester

      I found out this year also what it was. Now I feel bad for those who do not experience it. It is such a pleasant feeling. Researchers haven’t found out what causes it, but I don’t really care. I definitely don’t want a cure.:)

    • Glenn

      One of the best things about ASMR is our comment threads are always nice.

  • Douglas Bodaczewski

    Pretty cool… I actually teach something very similar in one of my addiction recovery books; Step 2 “The Next Level …” @ basically I show people how to call forth VERY strong emotions in my 5 Step Programming technique (belief modification technique A.K.A. self hypnosis), I can do it at will 24/7 with a very pronounced effect every time. One second at the drop of a dime every time. Interesting to see people experimenting with something very similar… I teach people about will power and how to become a functional personality type instead of an abusive personality type, while they quit using/abusing substances and learn a heck of a lot along the way. But yes in the time it takes to watch this video I could have created literally over 200 emotional responses covering my entire body head to toe with a very pronounced effect each time. It can best be described as a tingling sensation. I am however new to these ASMR videos, but yah very similar stuff. Great video.

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  • indigo

    I’ve have this from videos, but also when there’s no sound involved at all, just from reading descriptions of certain things in fiction.

  • Why UCare

    What if you don’t NEED any triggers? I have been experiencing ASMR just by will since second grade. I can have it whenever I want it, hot or freezing weather, standing, sitting, running, resting, busy, doesn’t matter. I can just do it over and over and over again with very little meditating involved or sometimes even none, just need to focus and BOOM, the brain wave goes throughout my body and the tingling and such. I can even touch some people and they get that weird wonderful sense but very limited. Just recently I can get all my fingers to have tingling feelings (before was just back of my palm, but it’s advancing, but I’m a bit worried if this is good or bad for health..)… Anybody like me at all? I feel so alone in this world for decades… and my friends just think I’m weird and creepy when I perform it (always have goosebumps)

  • Why UCare

    Is there a website or group online that ONLY have people that can do ASMR without any triggers? I’m getting a bit tired of reading posts that only concern about ASMR artists and their work that triggers.. I don’t need any triggers and don’t really care because that’s not me. I want to talk to people like me and discuss the effects it has on our lives. Thanks ahead, and sorry if I sounded irritated but I couldn’t help it when all I read are posts that I cannot relate at all, especially I felt so lonely all these years not able to find anyone else in my world that can just have ASMR whenever they want. Actually most of my friends think I’m weird being able to show them goosebumps on a hot summer day.

    • Mandee

      did you find such a community?

      • Why UCare

        No, and I think the few people that replied with such abilities are fake. I wish I could meet someone like me in person and share our experience, but I have a feeling I’ll never find that.. so alone.

        • Valerie

          Is it similar to psycholagny?

          • Why UCare

            No, it’s nothing sexual at all. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t do me anything sexually. However, a few times when I become intimate with someone and manually triggers my ASMR, a few girls actually feel it and respond to it.

        • Rachelxoxo

          I can do it without triggers. I didn’t really know what it was until today. I guess I just assumed everyone could do it. I just relax my neck and shoulders, and take shallow breaths and then feel tingles all through my head and body. I’ve been doing it all day today. Especially when I think about someone taking care of me or thinking about me. Like I said I didn’t even know this was a thing until today, so maybe I’m way off lol.

          • Why UCare

            So you can do it whenever you want? Does it help your sex life as well, if I may ask?

          • alice

            i don’t know if this is too late to post this here, but I can do this thing that I start in my ears- it kind of sounds like thunder.. and it kind of travels down into the area between my shoulder blades.. sometimes i can do it so intensely that I can shudder. This only becomes an involuntary action when I’m sick. I never thought anything of it before, and past google attempts at “making thunder sounds in your ears” and other silly variations turned fruitless. I don’t know if this is the same thing you guys are talking about it, but if anyone wants to talk to me about it- I’m all ears!

          • Why UCare

            Does it always start in your ears? When I’m sick, sometimes my ASMR starts automatically but I can always control it and stop it later if my muscles are aching badly (like a flu). I shudder sometimes too without even triggering my ASMR. I think the shudder is a warning or something, not sure. It actually makes thunder sounds in your ears? I’m curious now.. I can never get it to make sounds, but I’ve noticed something when I touch dogs or cats sometimes when I do it.. very unique but strange/good reaction from pets.

        • Christian Moersheim

          Sup bit late but…

          I have been doing this for years… but only just came across this term today via 9gag.. strange I know.

          Anyways I don’t need any triggers. I can get the tingling sensation on my forehead at command, like moving a finger. I can make it weak or strong and can move it to the top of my head as well. On the top of the head it is usually weaker.

          I can also move it to my chest area but I can’t hold it there for long and it feels intense.. like I am draining something. Also my chest, shoulder, arms and hands sometimes start shaking a little when I move it there.

          I can also start tingling sensations in my hands at will.

          In my forehead and hands I can usually make this last as long as I like, till I let it go again.

          Great that there are more people like this… I have never met one as well.

          • Why UCare

            Thank you for replying. Mine only triggers from top of my head and goes down my whole body like a wave. It can be overwhelming sometimes and always removes my existing headaches after a minute or two. I hope one day soon we can find others like us and all meet together just to share our experience. I also noticed as I get older, the sensation gets stronger.

    • Lana Bills

      Hi, WhyUcare,
      Unusual choice of name.. big smiles, I can turn it on or off without my normal triggers, but only just discovered that today when I read an article about it… WOW!! Other people do this too…. I have had this all my life…history leaves room for improvement and I believe this has been an escape from that for me. Dont be lonely!! Crikey, those goosebumps are hard to come by for some people and are a friend in themselves. Not strange, I always freak out going to hairdresser or watching gift wrapping, sure they can see my goosebumps which are SO not sexually motivated!! but until now I have always thought that would be assumed..which is SO wrong, Thank god for waiting rooms and health magazines! All I need to do get a tingle is recall the one I felt this morning.

      • Why UCare

        So you can do it whenever you want? Does it help your sex life if I may ask?

      • Why UCare

        So can you control when triggering? Sounds like you can’t when your trigger accidentally starts like gift wrapping… Until I see a group of people that actually can do what I can do, the talk is somewhat superficial as anyone can make this up. I still feel alone in this world.

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  • Haris Mustagrudić

    How do you like videos without humans?
    Just nature, and it’s sounds?

    • renGek

      Flute sounds like those in spas work occasionally.

  • ASMR conventions

    Hi ASMR fans,

    How would you guys like to meet some of the ASMRtists in-person? Wouldn’t it be
    rad to see a live ASMR session happen?

    Please check out and like on Facebook “ASMR Conventions”. There is more info on
    that page. I already have some ASMRtists that are already on-board with the
    idea of having a convention.

    “If you build it, they will come”.

  • maxresonance

    Inspired by recently discovering somatic therapist Julie Henderson’s two books, ‘The Hum Book’ and ‘“Embodying Well-Being,’ both of which track many of my self-discovered resonance exercises, I’ve put a new video up on youtube

    and also a new article on my website.
    It took me over 10 years to find folks near my own wavelength, so I’m STOKED!

  • Paul

    Does anyone else find construction sounds are a trigger? Also the sound of lawnmowers…?

  • maxresonance

    This new 7-minute video demonstrates how to achieve knee-knocking bliss states by ‘The Nose Buzz’ or lightly touching your face with a feathery tip of paper.

  • TwoFeetThick

    Wow. I’ve always wondered what that tingling sensation was. I’ve had them as long as I can remember. Now I know. This is great! Thanks!

  • Carlos Cruz

    Finally I have a name to call this feeling I had since a child. The first time I can remember getting this sensation was in my teen years, it was like sparks where going off in the back of my brain that moved from the top back of the brain and traveled downwards. Such an incredible feeling better then Europa if you ask me. The only time this happens to me though is when I’m listening to music. It could be a verse or statement that opened my mind to realizing something or the beat that sets off my tigger. Mine asmr only lasts for a few seconds but it’s worth it. Anyone else has tiggers such as mine?

  • Jennifer

    Wow, I just found out there’s a name for what I’ve experienced. My most common ones are hair being brushed (mine actually done or by watching others getting theirs brushed), people humming a song quietly or watching the cleaning crew at work clean windows and wiping down the countertops.

    • Josh Aker

      I get the hair one. I have three sisters and could never understand why watching them brush their own or eachother’s hair was so pleasurable for me.

    • Monique Taylor Lindquist

      I just started reading about AS MR, I’ve had it aS long as I can remember, but I never knew other people don’t experience it. Mine is definitely triggered by someone cleaning nearby or even at a full service gestation when the clean the windshield. Some voices trigger it, but usually a soft invoice, but nit a whisper

  • Frank

    Why are libs always crying?

  • Fallnluv Yourfuneral

    My ASMR trigger is the inside of the refrigerator. A combination of the cool sensation, the lighting , and the humming sound just takes me to paradise. My experience with ASMR began when I was a toddler. I would open the refrigerator side…sit inside & just zone out. Now I open both sides. The cool frosty mist from the freezer, the lighting from both sides, and the ahh sound the freezer makes along with the humming of the refrigerator side intensifies the tingles :P

    • Glenn

      haha I got a funny image of you paralyzed in bliss in front of your fridge. Good times. :)

  • Jennifer Topf


    • Erulasse Aranel

      I hadn’t, and I live in the US- oh, probably because I’m too young…

  • elena

    Bob Ross videos kinda but nope, none of the others :D

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  • Kevin Miguel

    I respond to ASMR video/audio, I just stumbled on this tonight while looking for binaural recordings, I sometimes listen them, I just realized it was to get that tingle. I came across the ‘Oh such a good 3D-sound ASMR video’ on YouTube and I turn off the screen and just listen to the audio. When the woman whispers on one side of my head, I get serious tickle spasms. From childhood, I’m severely ticklish on the entire right side of my body, but not my left. I respond the same way to ASMR. Anything on my right side, I get tingly on the top of my head, back of my neck, parts of my back, and my right knee. I literally have enjoyable spasms and I have to rip the headphones off to stop it. I know most people are ticklish all over. Since I’m really ticklish on my right side, I just thought I was born with all my tickle nerves on one side of my body.

    Anyway, I have no problem sleeping, ever. I usually have a problem getting to bed, because I fall asleep wherever I’m sitting. My big problem is being intimate. If I’m in the middle of business, and I start thinking about my girlfriend’s body touching parts of the right side of my body, I start getting severe tickles and I’ve tossed her to the side because it’s too much for me. It’s one of those things where you tell yourself not to think about it, but it makes you think about it more. My right knee is the worst part. Anyone comes near that knee, not even touching it – they could just sit next to me, and if their leg touches my knee occasionally – I get tickle fits.

    I can’t say it’s a bad thing, because it always makes me laugh. I don’t care that people get annoyed if I suddenly get too ticklish and have to move a few inches away from them. Too bad they don’t experience it!

    Some nights my girlfriend will give me a shoulder massage, and she’ll touch my head, and there’s a spot on the right side above the back of my neck. If she rubs a finger there, my entire body tingles, and if she continues, I turn into a bowl of jello, and I’m drooling and lifeless as my whole body relaxes and tingles.

    I just went through all the videos on this page, and it seems I only respond to female voices. The other videos of scratching and stuff, didn’t do anything for me. Now that I think about it, I don’t get ticklish if I sit next to another guy. Even the music I listen to tend to be all female vocalists. I’m not a sexist, but I guess being a guy, I respond to higher-pitched female voices. At night, I hit the Japanese radio stations on my phone looking for female DJs and if I catch one talking, I close my eyes, and I’m sleeping before I can count to 20.

    Just some info, maybe someone can use it for their data. For me, life is good! What I wouldn’t give for a 24-hour Japanese female radio talk station!

  • Mathew Rakocija

    My main trigger is writing with pen or pencil. Especially against a hard surface. No one writes anymore as it is getting replaced with computers so it’s hard these days. Do you know of any organizations researching this? I came across but didn;t get much feedback.

  • Tobalsan

    Hey i was wondering if anoyone was willing to pay a few bucks to experience sort of a live personalized ASMR performance ?
    I know ASMR is also a lot about personal attention, sadly i don’t know anyone IRL who could give me an ASMR session, so I’d definitely be willing to pay a little (not big money though) to have an ASMR artists do his/her thing for me.

    What are your thoughts on this ?

    • dick head

      hiya babygurl, i will giv u dat asmrrr fingy for 1 bucks

  • hannah

    The nail tapping really soothed me. Asmr videos are amazing!

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  • Ross Ozarka

    Watch my ASMR video:

  • hrtuvau

    I have never heard of ASMR or its triggers, but having just read the article – all I can say is THANK YOU! I have wondered for years why certain things like just silently “humming” the tune of song inside my head induces a full body reaction (goosebumps), or as the author mentioned, someone brushing my hair, or lightly running fingertips over my skin – my arms especially – induces goosebumps. It is such a pleasant soothing feeling but I never knew why. I’ve spent my adult life thinking I was “weird” but I guess I”m not. The soothing arm rubbing I’ve experienced since a child – I used to pay my younger siblings to rub my arms for me..= ). I will definitely read up more on this.

    • Erulasse Aranel

      Is the arm rubbing ASMR? If so, I definitely have that; I’d always annoy my mother getting her to do it for me, it is the best feeling ever.

  • Lance Combs

    I don’t know if this counts as “personal attention” or is a separate trigger, but I used to get it from praise from adults when I was a child.

  • Mandy Werner-Smith

    I don’t deny that AMSR exists. However, it is one thing to have it happen spontaneously and react, it’s quite another thing to then be creating websites, videos and the like and obsessively listening to things that cause this reaction. It’s called perversion. Look it up you bunch of f**king freaks.

    • Chi83

      My trigger is chewing and sucking – like a lollipop. It’s not sexual at all. I don’t have to watch someone chew gum or suck a lollipop or mint or hard candy. Just hearing the noises gives me brain tingles and knocks me out.

  • PaulG

    I told a massage therapist I could feel waves of energy in my body when I focused and quieted down. While they were in another room I did so and the person came back and said I shouldn’t do that…and said they could feel what I was doing. ??

  • coloradoerica

    I have never heard of anyone who has this other than me. When I try to describe it to people they think I’m nuts. I am 33 and randomly Googled the feeling last night and to my surprise all sorts of videos popped up! I’ve been able to do this since I was very young and of course have always loved it. Some things that trigger me that are not listed are salespeople. Specifically telemarketers even if they don’t have an accent. As well it is not always audio triggers for me. If I read a personalized horoscope this works or even those scam emails…you know the prince in Nigeria ones. I would love suggestions on asmr reading triggers so I can trigger this when I am at work without everyone hearing! One final thought…this is always my go to when I need to help with a hangover! Makes it go away for a while

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  • Butternut

    Slow hand movements, especially sliding fingertips against the palm of the other hand, blow my mind.

  • Sean

    I have a lot of the “normal” ASMR triggers, but I also get HUGE tingles from the sound of people running a circular saw, band saw or arc welder. Does anybody else get “head-numbies” from machinery — if so, have you found a source for good triggering? The best I have been able to find are PBS shows like New Yankee Workshop or old episodes of This Old House. I have spliced together different “machine” audio files to create longer trigger files, but they never seem to work as well as those files that are created by someone else.

    • Mark M

      Hearing the sound of someone vacuuming the floor early in the morning when I am still sleepy in bed feels good, athough it isn’t quite ASMR for me.

  • Kyle Nelson

    Is it possible for someone to only have tactile triggers? I’ve been into ASMR for some time now for its relaxing nature but have never been triggered by anything other than physical sensations.

    • Erulasse Aranel

      If the amazing feeling from having someone (or in a lesser way myself) tickle me lightly on my arm or the back of my neck, sort of drag their fingers or fingernails lightly across my arm/neck is ASMR, then yes. I also sometimes shiver and get goosebumps if someone’s brushing/playing with my hair… I don’t know if it’s ASMR though. It seems like just being ticklish, though it’s the most amazing feeling.

  • disqus_nkPZU7mPpa

    Hey guys, check out these new ASMR forums:

    I made these pretty recently, so they’re lacking in posts, but I’d appreciate if you checked em’ out if you are interested!

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  • sqsq

    yeh orgasmatron didnt seem right

  • Jacqui

    Videos where people are trying to evoke ASMR do not work as well for me. It is when I stumble upon it unexpectedly that it works best

  • Jay Sleeze

    So far I have experienced all The common ASMR triggers. However the best ones are those when I’m listening to music, more specifically electronic or EDM. As chessy as sounds I have discovered that my ASMR can be triggered during the end of climatic build ups or bass drops and the feeling is pure bliss. All you need is a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones or an isolated room with kickass Sub … Works every time

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ ASMR is Dope!

  • Lari

    I didn’t know there was a name for this! I experience the shivers whilst just sitting and using my imagination to draw white light into the top of my head and the sensation just shoots down my spine like bubbling tickles. Kinda cool to do it on command, but even more fun when it happens randomly through certain music, power tools, meditations, and someone else touching certain fabrics ~ for e few examples. Mostly only occurs when I am already relaxed though.

  • Killrog

    Looking for someone who can control these and not need videos or sounds, anyone out there? I’ve mastered this and pushed beyond to send the goosebumps to parts of my body at will. Also tested with sending the goosebumps into another person, which oddly enough they felt. I was able to keep my hand 1 inch away from this person, had the person look the opposite way, and push thing energy into them asking them when they felt it, they were able to tell me the exact times i did.

    • Erulasse Aranel

      I can… sort of do this… I can (and I’m borrowing a bit the words of someone above in the comments who’s much better at description than I) send a wave of tingles or energy, I guess, down my spine and my legs a little. It sometimes makes my muscles twitch involuntarily and it feels good… I can’t do it in my head, it starts in my shoulders and sides, I don’t get goosebumps (but then the strongest feeling is in my lower back) and can’t do it in my arms, but it feels like tingles. I haven’t tried seeing if anyone else can feel it (weird that that works… is it like… static electricity or something? Come to think of it, it does feel sort of like electricity…) but I will, though as I can’t spread it to my hands I doubt it will work.

  • Derek Meggitt

    Interesting assortment of videos.

    Was recently depriving myself of sleep marginally and watched some youtube videos that triggered this and thought to look up what it was for apparently the first time.

    It’s curious that not everyone experiences these feelings. But then I also feel more unique now. Hope they have a way to develop a way to study it. Would be interesting to see how the brain is reacting when the effect is going on.

  • Xvi

    .. I reacted on everything but to the D one. My spine is flipping nervs right now and it is giving me the most pleasent tingle.

  • Pack of Geeks

    The first time I remember ASMR I was in pre-school and a girl who was normally not nice to me was kind to me. I think she tied my shoes for me. To this day, this is the strongest trigger. My Twitter name (I am the mom over our geeky pack) is a clue to why this did not happen all the time. I was not popular though well liked in my group of uncool kids. So when the popular kids or someone I held in high regard (teacher, etc) gave me attention that was above and beyond, my whole head would tingle.

    I was not a loser or social outcast. I had many friends but just preferred sci-fi and geeky interests to school politics. I had loving parents. I have had MANY positive interactions and attention. So I am still curious why certain interactions that seem identical will cause it and others wont. I have searched for years trying to understand the difference.

    And while the sensory things CAN aid in the effect, and the videos can work, unlike the other times, it is only if I allow it to because I can recall the sensation and somehow tap into it based on associated memories. The whispers to me are part of this because for me it meant someone cared enough to share something special with me. Same with the hair sensations. I felt special/loved when people did my hair. Therefore getting my hair cut or washed by a hairdresser will not usually cause it on its own other than the fact that I have had decades to tap into similar memories and call it up.

    But can others be triggered without direct sensory stimuli? Today it occurred because some radom twitter user shared a photo of something she made via private message and only included three others.
    So feeling special to someone is my biggest trigger.

  • Michael Sviatnoi

    I’m feeling quite surprised, since nobody ever mentioned answering the question from doctors, therapists or in syllabuses as the ASMR trigger. Maybe, I’m the only with this trigger here. Or so am I?)

    • kat

      Yes this is one of my strongest triggers too but I assume it is rare as this is the first time I’ve seen anyone else mention it! I think it connects with the “attention” trigger. I do online surveys sometimes to trigger it!

  • ScheherazOdd

    Question: I am new to ASMR and have yet to find any triggers that cause me to have the ‘tingles.’ (I have experienced the ‘tingles’ in real life situations, so I know what the sensation is, I just can’t remember what triggered them!) I have heard that ASMR videos are more effective with headphones. When people say this, do they mean *any* type of personal listening device (such as ear buds, like I am using) or do they mean a set of actual, over-the-ear headphones? Could the use of ear buds be contributing to my difficulty finding my trigger?

    Side note: I love Bob Ross!! LOL! I’ve been watching him paint since I was very young! It is very relaxing! Seems funny to think of him as an ASMR trigger, but I can understand why his videos would be!

    • Serendipity

      You sound like me. I’m ‘hard to please’ in terms of videos, but find plenty of situations in real life i.e. if someone speaks to me softly about a list of items or similar. Watch the ‘tearoom’ videos by 80gemstar on youtube. I’m sure they will trigger you.

      • ScheherazOdd

        Okay, I’ll look those up. Thank you! Unfortunately, I don’t have many opportunities to experience ASMR in real life because I am house-bound from chronic illness, and am restricted to bed rest at the moment. I don’t have any friends here in town- one friend lives in Australia, another lives in Germany, and the last one lives on the other side of the state from me- and most of my real-life triggers are centered around other people. I will definitely give those videos a try! Even without the tingles, most ASMR videos are so relaxing to me that they actually calm me down, even when I am in a ton of pain! And trust me when I say that that is no small feat! ;)

  • Cahal the Mad™

    Watching Mr Wizard’s World used to do it for me too.

  • Thesaurus Rex

    I have always had AMSR but thought that it happened to everyone. I started watching trigger videos about 3 years ago, however my biggest trigger (not one that anyone else has and also one I don’t get to frequently engage in) is rubbing my bare feet on unfinished wood. Those tingles are ridiculously strong. I need to find a dock somewhere… I feel bad for people who don’t experience this.

  • JJ Winds

    I’m so glad this has a name and there are more people out there with it!! I thought it was only me haha. Also this weird thing happens to me where in real life and on tv or whatever, when I see someone who I find fairly attractive starts comforting another person and trying to help them with something I get this weird tingly and bubbly feeling in my stomach and in my brain. I know the stomach region isn’t typically classified as being affected by asmr but I don’t know what else to classify that feeling I get. It’s weird.

  • Annalise

    Can someone explain why this got rid of my migraine?? I have had a migraine for 2 days ( I get really bad chronic migraines – i have for my whole life ). I just recently discovered this ASMR thing, today actually. I watched the tapping/whispering ones and I felt these tingling sensations all over my body, mostly my head and arms, BUT holy heck my migraine is gone. I don’t understand! why?? It is a miracle if this works.

    • Laura Preston

      It may be that the headache/ migraine was caused by tension and ASMR allows you to reach a high state of relaxation and it’s possibly relaxed all the parts of you that had been causing the pain. I’ve had this happen many times as it just allows me to de stress and relax without trying to, it just happens through getting ASMR.

  • Freeski

    I get the feeling when a fly buzzes close to my ear and it’s pretty intense anyone else get it from this?

  • Qwert

    I don’t know what happened but I was sitting on top of my robe and was on top of a bean bag and was trying to get rid of my tablet pass code and all of all sudden my face gets warm and goes down to my feet and lasts for about 2-3seconds before it was gone. I don’t know if I have it or not but if I do I hope I find my trigger. Also can some one post a list of things that might prevent triggers and how to make them happen?

  • Steve Fulton

    Mine isn’t a tactile trigger – it usually happens when someone examines a possession of mine. Looking through the books in my bookcase, or my CD collection, etc…. a very intense, warm tingling at the base of my skull, rising up to my crown.

    • hogarthian

      OH.MY.GOD. I just read an article in, of all places, the Daily Mail (I know, shame on me) which lead me to this. I have tried a few times to explain this sensation to people and they look at me like I’m deranged, so I stopped. And then I discover here that it’s a real ‘thing’, and then I discover someone whose trigger is exactly the same as mine! Other people touching things that belong to me! That’s it. It only happens then. The last time it happened was when my children were babies and people touched them. Before that it was things like my pencil case or books when I was at school. Then, when I was older, it was things like my make up bag. Weird. Anyway, I hear ya, and I’m so amused to have discovered that other people have it too. :-)

    • Chris Tian

      YES!!! Have you ever experienced someone copying from you in class and you just let them because it felt so good?

    • Felix

      I just found out about ASMR and I instantly knew that feeling – now I know that I am not the only one who is experiencing this! the last time it happened was when someone was changing my working computer, sitting in my office chair, installing the hardware and stuff…however it doesn’t work, if someone uses my plates or forks or toilets…it just seems to work, when the person is doing something, that I didn’t do with my objects…hard to describe it – even I can not predict, if this or that would work, it just does it or not…

      Do you know of any other trigger that works for you? I would really like to experienced it more often :D

  • Topaz Morrison

    Hey, my name is Topaz and i have a question about my ASMR. I’ve been looking at youtube videos wondering what asmr was and trying to figure out if i have it aswell, then i thought about it. When ever some one slides the tip of their fingers through my hair and slowly pulls on the strands of my hair (not pulling it out) i get that tingly sensation on my head and on my neck for me to shrug my shoulder, I was wondering is that’s an asmr? Also,I like when some one or myself lightly slides their fingers on my arm, as well as the lower half of my back and on the sides of my neck just below the ear. Is that a sign of asmr? I tried to be specific as possible, please respond back and help me, Thank you c:

    • Laura Preston

      That could be the beginnings of asmr yes. This is how it starts for me but I don’t always need to be touched to get it the tingling can start by watching an ASMR video or seeing something in everyday life that will trigger it also. Maybe look on YouTube and try out a few different videos and see if you trigger but even if you don’t that doesn’t mean you don’t have it. Some aren’t triggered by artificial means and need a genuine real life trigger to feel ASMR. Just try out different things or get someone to play with your hair for a while and you will know for sure if you have it.

    • Erulasse Aranel

      Interesting… wait… is… a type of ASMR when you get goosebumps and it feels amazing- it’s one of the best feelings I know- to have someone rub their fingers or drag them lightly across your armor the back of your neck? Because ever since I was a child I have loved that feeling (I always annoyed my mother getting her to do it XD) and I sometimes do it to myself, which doesn’t work as well because it’s me doing it, but still feels good.
      It could of course be just what I’ve always thought it is, which is just that how ticklish I am makes lightly tickling me feel good. Because my sister hates when people do that to her because she’s very ticklish and it just tickles her…

  • MiseryLovesCompany

    There is something similar to ASMR that comes from touch… The head massager triggers it, getting lightly touched in a crowd can trigger it, etc… I have that but not ASMR,unfortunately I’m alone, so it never gets triggered. Then one day I hear about ASMr and a bunch of people who get to relax just by listening to someone heavy breathing in a youtube video and… I don’t care if this makes me look like a petty person, (life stomped on me and squeezed all my niceness out, so it’s gone now) but I hate all of you and I hope bad things happen to those you love while you have to sit by, unable to do anything. And it serves you right for being happy. No one deserves happiness. Happiness is a lie.
    It’s not fucking fair that you get to have ASMR while others can’t. Everythingyou have that somone else doesn’t is unfair and you deserve to be aware of that.
    Life isn’t fair, but every reminder of this just makes me want to go on a shooting spree to make it unfair to someone else for a change. Fuck you and your ASMR.

    • Ezmae Bobby

      Piss off you loser

  • dick head

    dis is bull shit

    • Ezmae Bobby

      Say something useful or piss off outta this forum dick head!

  • wlwyckoff

    My triggers are having my hair brushed, my back lightly tickled, and watching golf on a Sunday afternoon.So relaxing! The golf announcers are usually quietly speaking, and the audience is usually quiet in their clapping. I find it very relaxing! I never knew about ASMR until I read about it in the Denver Post. People I know have always thought it weird that I love golf but have never actually played the game.

  • Nyr

    So from watching the videos, I’ve learned that all the normal triggers do is make me feel like I’m on he edge of having a panic attack…i don’t think that is what was supposed to happen.

  • Jason Laken

    Major shiver here!

  • Lizzie

    I didn’t know what ASMR was but now I understand why I’m addicted to these Japanese candy making videos. I always thought I just liked feeling mildly annoyed. Sounds like this sort of make me cringe. The feeling I get from this isn’t a pleasurable one, but I want to watch it more and more.

  • Brendon Nimphius

    I just recently learned of ASMR even though I’ve been experiencing the sensation my whole life. What I find so funny is how many ASMR fans and artists love Bob Ross. My family always joked at how much I loved watching Bob Ross growing up and I was never able to fully describe to them the sensations I was feeling. I used to seek out sounds that gave me the ASMR sensations and discovered there were many of them.

    What I want to discuss with the ASMR community is misophonia. In short, misophonia is a selective sound sensitivity syndrome involving strong dislike or hatred for certain sounds. While I gain pleasure and comfort from many sounds there are other sounds that stimulate frustration and anger. I used to become enraged at the dinner table growing up when hearing family members chew food. I have learned to manage the responses but there are quite a few triggers which lead to the anger.

    Do any of you out there who experience ASMR also experience symptoms related to misophonia? I am wondering whether there is a relationship.

    • Jason Balcom

      Yes. I’ve had ASMR since at least grade 1 or 2.

      My triggers don’t happen with common YouTube videos though. Reading through these comments have given me the tingles like crazy. My triggers started in class when someone would come help me with schoolwork, read over something I wrote.. someone going through my collection of things.

      Other triggers include accents (especially soft spoken Irish and British), but also this misophonia you speak of weirdly enough.

      Since I was young I loved listening to people chew loudly, crunch and sniffle through their nose, breathe out of their mouth which is mostly hated by a lot of people. I secretly love when I’m on the phone with someone and they’re eating something. Tingles from my head to shoulders of pure euphoria.

      I was never able to control the tingles on command but the triggers are everywhere in life. I’m so happy someone else knows what the hell I’m talking about. Feel free to reply and keep the topic going. What other misophonia triggers/sounds get you tingling in a good way or bad way? Cheers my friend

    • Lucinda Leo

      Brendon, I have type A ASMR (voluntary) and the exact same type of Both my children do too. I agree that there is a connection.

      I suspect ASMR is related to sensual overexcitability (in the psychological sense, as coined by Kasimierz Dabrowski).

  • Chris Tian

    I’ve always had this triggered by intense personal attention on either me or something I’ve done. In particular, having someone stare intently at something I’ve written or drawn on paper (or imagining/remembering that type of incident) triggers it very consistently. Intensely focused photography of myself or a body part (not sexual) also is very effective. I was recently watching a sporting event and noticing the camera tracking the athletes – just imagining how the athlete would feel with this non-stop camera attention was also a trigger. Dentists don’t really do it for me, but regular checkups with any sort of focused attention on any body part works. There’s something about the very concept of another person finding either me or my ideas/thoughts interesting enough to examine at length. A glance is just not enough. It’s kinda funny but this has triggered like a dozen times just while writing this comment out and thinking about these things!

  • Ezmae Bobby

    I first heard the term ASMR about two years ago when I was having a look online to try & find out about the relaxing/tingly sensations I have occasionally experienced over the years.

    As others have said, it’s not sexual in nature but rather a very relaxed, pleasurable state & very calming in a way too. I have only ever experienced the scalp tingles, not in other parts of my body as well.

    For me personally, a visit to a hairdresser can be a trigger. A few times, the sound of heavy rain falling “just right” may also do the trick but the main thing for me is watching people do cleaning tasks. Videos don’t do much for me, it really needs to be real life to get the proper ASMR effect.

    I remember that I used to wait around at work in the evening sometimes for the cleaners to come in & for whatever reason, would just really enjoy listening to the different cleaning sounds & the vacuuming. I just loved the fact that sometimes after a tough day at work I could just listen to the cleaners for about 20min & just feel a little “tingly” & very relaxed. Not something you can really explain to your colleagues though… They would probably think you are a big wierdo!

    Anyway, it’s been really interesting to read more about this & what other people experience.

  • John Oliver Burns

    I have always had a little AMSR throughout my life. However, I have been meditation for about a year and the AMSR has kicked in big time over the last month. I didn’t know what it was and everyone I talked to about my experiences couldn’t relate – and a few thought I had lost it :) Eventually the web came through for me and I have a name for my experiences.

    The cool (?) thing is that in the last week when I meditate I have had whole body experiences that seem to go on and on. The first was for 40 seconds and now I can on a longer ride (minute plus) or a series of shorter ones. It is like my body has changed – like now I have a bigger AMSR muscle because I have been using it. Interesting….

  • Mandy Hernandez

    Many people get ASMR from having their hair played with, but what most people don’t know is that they can also get it from watching and listening. Youtube has a lot of ASMR hair play videos that I find relaxing and also very interesting.

  • Nancy Dickinson

    I’ve always had ASMR. Before I knew what it was called, I thought it was phase 1of sleep. I still wonder if that is what we are experiencing?

  • Cassie

    I never realized this sensation had a name, but have been experiencing it from childhood. While studying about kundalini rising, I read the analogy of the thousand petal lotus blossoming on the crown of the head. I thought, ah, I know what that feels like! Sometimes reading letters from friends triggered it. Getting “picked” during a game of 7 Up triggered it. Having someone do the trick of pulling imaginary string from my palm triggered it.

  • Carol Osborne

    I just fell upon this while searching for help to fall asleep. Now I can’t sleep without it. LOVE IT!!!

  • Sara Russell

    There are certain “chillout” music tracks that trigger a pleasant ASMR sensation for me if I listen through headphones. They are likely to be more effective than watching someone folding a towel. One of them is “Summer Love” by Paul Hardcastle. There are some pulsating notes right at the beginning which seem to massage the brain & scalp; and the female singers have a soft gentle sound in their choruses and harmonies. Also try “Deep River” by Lemongrass featuring the Russian keyboard player / vocalist Jane Maximova. It has long notes which undulate warmly, invoking inner visions of beaches and ocean waves. Over these warm sounds, Jane whispers a poem from the point of view a woman who sees herself as a “deep river” for her lover. Her mermaid-like singing and whispers, along with her exotic accent, will surely trigger ASMR, or send you gently to sleep.

  • Danny Chacon this is a hardcore trigger for me…i also have always wondered and finally found this site today ..

    • Danny Chacon

      im prettttty late i see

  • Orange Silks

    I am experiencing tinitus and hearing loss in one
    ear. Can anyone recommend something to enhance this experience? I’m only
    tingling when I watch, but I just want to listen sometimes. Can
    someone suggest? Thanks.

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  • Doomgu

    My trigger is extremely strange and rare apparently as I’ve never seen anyone else ever speak of it.
    My trigger is when someone touches me in a completely unsexual way or touches an object that I know belongs to me. But, it can only be when I don’t tell them to touch me or if it’s not someone I deeply care about. Very specific situations like this trigger my ASMR and it’s one of the best feelings I can feel. The feeling only occurs in my scalp but I get goosebumps all over my body.
    Has anyone else ever heard of this trigger?

  • Catherine Gothard

    Hi – does anyone here dislike the strange sensation they get? I started getting this about 4 months ago and didn’t know what it was until I stumbled upon these pages! I only really get it when I’ve been in a fairly lengthy conversation with someone – to be honest I think it’s nerves that triggers mine? I’m not sure though because the conversation can have been going a long time before it happens. It could just be the personal attention I read about. I really don’t like the feeling as it feels as if my head is rocking even though it probably isn’t, and I feel like I look like an idiot! When it starts I have to focus to stop the odd head moving feeling and it’s putting me off getting into these long chats!!

    Be nice to know if there’s anyone here who also dislikes it as most seem to actually seek triggers for it!


  • xxJayIsCutexx

    I experience ASMR When listening to the sounds of a dentists…

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  • Cassy Bella

    Hi! I am not sure if I experience ASMR or not. The only thing that I know is when someone whispers, speaks or make sounds (low/high pitch or notes) close/near my back I get chills/tingles/tickling sensation. But when the sound doesn’t travel straight to my back, I dont get chills. I have been searching for answers and ASMR is the only thing close to it. I hope that you guys can help me. Thanks.

  • HCrabtreePowell

    I am wondering if what I’ve experienced is ASMR. The first time it happened as I recall, I was under the age of ten. I was merely sitting outside with another boy about my age (I’m female) and had this feeling, from my head through my torso. It certainly was not sexual, and we did not even speak. He was waiting for a friend, I did not know him.
    I am very prone to the effect happening when I get my hair trimmed and blown out.
    The main trigger though is being in large open areas with no one around, even seeing pictures of large open areas can trigger it. I used to work at a college that had several buildings, modern buildings, not ivy covered brick. One was not classrooms, but an area with offices and occasional banquets, so it was mainly empty and quiet. I used to sit there on breaks just to get that relaxation tingly sensation.Is this ASMR or something else?

  • Color Maniac

    Im not sure if I actually have ASMR, but I absolutely love the sound of crinkling wrappers or chip bags, the sound of shoes against cement, the keyboard as I type, Bob Ross, etc., but I don’t get a “tingly” sensation with these sounds. I have synesthesia, so that may be it, but I don’t know. Is this ASMR?

  • Tristan Neal

    Haircuts drive mine crazy. So do university studies, the kind you volunteer for. The “personal attention” trigger is very accurate.

  • Gary Chigimon Chigwell

    Hi, I’m so glad I found this site, I have experienced this sensation all over my scalp for years when I hear certain sounds. I was once called by a woman wanting to conduct a questionnaire, her voice almost sent me to sleep I was that relaxed hearing her. Other triggers are people using a ball point pen or a typing on a keyboard, but my favourite by far is watching street spray paint artists on YouTube, the sound of the spray can being shaken and the slight stickiness of the paint when it’s touched causes my head to tingle and give me calming and euphoric sensation. I thought it was only me and that I was a bit weird as nobody else I’ve spoken to as had these feelings, poor them I say! Thanks again.

  • Petr Re

    I get ASMR especially strong when someone does something good to/for me! Even a total stranger. Just an example: Today a cleaner came to my office and gave me ASMR only by cleaning the place for me. No talks, no physical interaction. Just the fact she cleaned the office for me gave me ASMR especially strong.

  • Jill Sandwich

    The sounds most people like for ASMR vides are like my personal Misphonia trigger, but there’s lots of nice sounds that make my brain tingle. Wind chimes, seagulls, ocean waves, crickets, sawing wood, dry toothbrushing (no paste or water), rain, rivers, bubble wrap popping, sand moving, sharp object moving slowly on cardboard, flipping the pages of a thick book with thin pages, osculating fans, blinds being drawn, a can of soda being opened, extremely loud hardstyle techno music, purring cats, meowing, the stapler & staple remover, tea kettle just as it starts to boil, the coffee maker, fire, strong wind rustling through trees or fall leaves when you kick your way through them, vocoders, guitar riffs, chiptunes, pan frying, the sound a gas stove makes when you turn it on, pool splashing.

  • darkocean

    Blea non of that works, reading, writing, food, and music do it for me.

  • JinTree

    I get a good tingly feeling in my back and sometimes chest, which makes me want to rub roughly when excited. Is this part of asmr or is this something diffrent?

    • Foglight

      ASMR stimulates in the brain which stimulates the body…..the best feeling of ASMR to me is inside my brain….. goose bumps and skin tingles are secondary

  • Jordan Stacy

    I only triggers i have a whisperings and tapping. Although i notice more with tapping. during rain is the first time i noticed it and by fair my favorite to experiance. ASMR is sexualsed and rongly so. Albiet ive read that some people (including me) get certain sexual reactions from it.

  • Mike Reeves

    For many years I had no clue what asmr even was. I just knew I could think and hear things and it happens. I was eating lunch yesterday, I had a sarano pepper. I usually have a pepper of some type with at least one meal a day. This pepper was multi colored, very different from my norm. I have never, had a response from eating any food. Within a second or so of biting into this pepper, my head was going insane. Far more intense than any response before. So intense I stopped eating and waited several minutes for it to calm. Wanted to test it again more bites equaled more response. I kept the pepper, it had a very diffrent flavor from any I had before. I want the seeds!!!! Lol. Anyone had this happen to them? I’m shocked and have never heard of actual food triggers. These responses we’re intense and a quite a bit longer. I actually stopped eating the pepper, as after the 4th round my head felt tired and that I would get a head ache.

    • Foglight

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  • Foglight

    asmr is not sexual because physical movement can diminish the feeling….mine goes right inside my brain….its the best…its a natural god given high

  • Foglight

    it feels like the Pineal gland the third eye is being stimulated after all we use AMSR to fall asleep and we know the Pineal Gland excretes melatonin….i can enhance the feeling by taking Turmeric Boswellia and Olive Leaf.

  • KrookyKrack

    *Plays all the videos at once and dies*

  • Gigha

    Whenever people play with my hair-
    I get so sleepy, relaxed, and tingly idk. That, or when someone starts drawing on my forearm or anywhere really. Otherwise the whispering and soft sounds seem to have a minimal effect on me.

  • ElinUnchained

    Don’t know if it’s asmr, but i get shivers all over my body when i watch Martin Luther Kings “I Have a Dream” speech, and when i’m watching something very moving in a show or anime like DragonBallZ.

  • Chuck Bajax

    Just curious if I’m alone in this– I don’t get ASMR from physical sounds or sensations, but I get it VERY strong from certain songs or concepts that have emotional impact, or from having an understanding of some sensory experience (such as a song) that I didn’t before. It doesn’t matter whether the emotion means anything to me, personally, but if the singer sounds like they mean it it’s a trigger.

    It’s not like it even has to be that good, but if I get sudden understanding where I didn’t used to, it’s instant ASMR. For example, if I listen to a song for a long time in a foreign language, and later on read the lyrics while listening along, I start to understand what the singer is going for, and why they held certain notes longer etc, and that’s a trigger.

    I’ve also gotten it from poetry as well but it’s kind of unreliable.

    Is this a common thing? Is this even ASMR or am I mistaking it for something else?

  • Jeff Kermath

    Can ASMR be triggered by a completely internal stimulus? I get this tingling in my scalp and cheeks, then like a wave of warm fuzzy that washes through my body. It sounds very similar to what ASMR is described as, but it happens to me when I daydream about certain things. It happened to me more as a child than as an adult, in fact it has probably been several years since I had an experience until today, which led to me googling it. My trigger is visualizing/ daydreaming about somewhat exciting things gone perfect, a perfect lap on the motocross track, flying high G maneuvers, and most recently navigating my sailboat through some rough waters. I hate to admit to this because I don’t want to sound egotistical, but it doesn’t seem to be the subject of the daydream that brings about the ASMR like experience, but the thought of someone giving me recognition for my accomplishment that actually triggers it. Also, once I’ve had a response from a daydream about a particular experience, I can’t simply revisit the same daydream and have it trigger another experience. I’m 40, and have always experienced this, but I never knew how to explain it or if it were normal or not, so I’ve never even tried talking about this before.

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  • Tanya Rachel Wieczorek

    Bob Ross is great but I wish he’d just paint w/o talking;) I found the sound of the brush, what he was doing with painting using the corner of the brush was a real trigger for me, unfortunately the running commentary ruined it:)

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  • Luckpup

    Very informative article.

  • Melissa Hutchins

    I had to look up ASMR because it kept popping up in YouTube every now and again. I think I may have the opposite reaction to these sounds. I find almost all of them unpleasant to some degree, most notably the whispering because I can usually hear a persons saliva moving around in their mouth when they are talking. People are so interesting! I don’t mean to criticize anyone, just to say that we are all so unique. I find this interesting, but I just can’t relate. Thanks for the info though.

  • onaturalia

    Never experienced this.

  • brandon

    I work at a call center and have the opportunity to hear many different voices but none have given me any sort of ASMR response. Although I’ve always liked my own voice to a certain extent and I actually like it when the caller can’t hear me ’cause I put my hand in front of my mouth and let my tone reverb into the mike while allowing myself to hear how I sound a bit better. I never really thought of why I’ve liked my own voice until yesterday. I was giving an average sales pitch in a radio-esc tone and I felt a sense of ecstacy behind my ears mostly but also reaching from the entire back half of my head and sllightly down my neck. I don’t think it’s just the sound of my voice that triggered the response. I think it was the literal vibration within my body that created the sensation. When I come to think of it, it felt similar, yet better than how it feels when I sing and think I’m doing well. I know this sounds conceded but It’s a physical sensation ranging from good to ecstacy with my voice. It’s nothing like; I’m awesome and better than everyone else. It just feels good to speak with a deep tone.

  • loves period dramas

    I’ve expereienced ASMR since childhood. Listening to Bob Ross was one of the more memorable, but I would also tap my pencils and school supplies, and leaf through books to get the same sensations. When I found ASMR videos on Youtube I first learned it was called “ASMR”. I didn’t know it had a name. Since then, I’ve watched lots of ASMR videos, and I’ve reached “immunity” on some triggers – tapping doesn’t work for me as well as it used to, but it works better after taking long breaks away from it. Slient hand movements in some of the reiki/aura cleansing videos work well. The triggers that affect me most now seem to be more visual now than auditory. Massage ASMR, Free Spirit ASMR, LuneInnate and Rose Harmonics are the Youtubers I follow who do lots of hand movement triggers. I also really like Ephemeral Rift, ASMR Node, and RaphyTaphy (even if their styles tend more to tapping, which doesn’t work as well for me any more).

  • Elizabeth

    I am so pleased to see posts from people pertaining to ASMR. I didn’t even know it had a name until this year. I’ve had ASMR since I can remember and when I still had it as an adult, I thought I was some kind of freak. I wouldn’t dare speak about it to anyone, even my husband. I have various triggers and for me ASMR is not sexual. The tingles don’t always happen but when they do it’s a wonderful peaceful feeling that I want to go on and on.
    Happy relaxation everyone!

  • Micah Pilger

    I relate to much of what has been said in this conversation thread. I remember as a child, young, maybe seven… my punishment for disobedience or back talking was to stand in the corner. The corner was made by the cold wall and the refrigerator. The refrigerator was old and would kick on often blowing warm air through the crack between it and the wall. I did not know why I got tingly but I loved it and remember asking if all my punishments could be to stand in the corner. It believed it was the difference of temperatures between the wall and the refrigerator motor that caused it. Now, as an adult, I still sit over heat vents with my cheek or arm rested against the wall. I wonder why sometimes it is so intense. I get the tingles that crawl all the way down to my toes and cause a mild jerk or convulsion that sets it off again. I have synesthesia and also wonder if that serves to increase the frequency or intensity of the feeling…

  • Tony Kendall

    I’ve just discovered this site and I never knew that this had a name. I remember feeling that amazing tingling sensation at the back of my head whenever an adult spoke softly to me as a kid. It could occur when I was having eye tests in school, hearing tests.

    I remember I was in Hospital a few years ago and this student Doctor was asking me for me details and medical history. I immediately felt that feeling in the back of my head and I didn’t want it to end. I even tried to keep her talking offering any information I could. Later she had to take soem blood and even then I felt really relaxed.

    I’ve even felt this sensation when I’m being read a questionnaire by someone doing market research on the street or even a cold caller (and I know most people don’t like cold callers lol)

    In moments of stress I try to recall the sensation by remembering any of the situations I was in and really living through it to try to replicate it. But its not nearly the same! I would like to tap into this so i can recall this sensation at will!

    Although something I have done is with a powerful shower allow it to spray on the point at the back of my head where it meets my neck.

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