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.

    • http://www.fearlesseverything.com/ 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…

    • 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.

  • 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 http://www.asmrstudio.com/

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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……………..read 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

    • 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.

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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 …” @ http://www.therealmofdouglas.com 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?

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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.

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  • Paul

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

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  • 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.

  • 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

    YOU’D NEVER HEARD OF BOB ROSS? WHOAAAAA buddy.

  • elena

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

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