My Secret – The One I Didn’t Put In My Confessions
I think it’s time to come clean. This is something I have kept to myself, for long enough. You might remember my Confessions blog entry, in which I revealed some pretty personal stuff. This secret, however, didn’t make that list. Even then, I was too embarrassed to tell you about it. But now the time has come, and I think I’m ready. Ok, here goes:
I listen to people whispering to me and it makes me feel good. I know how weird that sounds. But it’s totally a thing – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, has been defined by Wikipedia as
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a neologism for a perceptual phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli.
Basically, listening to people whisper to me makes me feel hella good. My head goes super light and I calm the crap down. I frequently listen while I’m at work and having a particularly stressful day. No, that’s a lie, I listen EVERYDAY. I’m addicted.
There is a whole online community dedicated to ASMR and videos on YouTube are a dime a dozen. The greatest thing is, there are all sorts of ASMR triggers out there for different people so there is always a different and new video/track to listen to. Some people enjoy hearing tapping noises, others enjoy listening to soft whisper ramblings and others even like roleplay scenarios.
Personally, crinkling newspaper is my absolute most favourite thing in the world. Even in real life, crinkling newspaper gives me the most amazing tingles. And I mean to put emphasis on the newspaper bit. Normal paper just doesn’t sound the same. There is something about newspaper that just sounds…perfect. I pretty much have this particular video on repeat for the entire 8 hours I am at work.
It’s not in any way, shape or form, sexual. I’m not climaxing at my desk all day long, it’s a totally different feeling. I get tingles up and down my spine and my head just feels super clear and happy. You guys are probably going to think I’m a freak, but oh well! You probably already did 😉
I think that everyone has some sort of ASMR. Whether it be from people playing with their hair, massages or even bedtime stories; somebody has that trigger that just makes them feel super good. And the most wonderful thing about this is that people have somehow managed to encase that, and make it accessible 24/7 with the help of the wonderful interwebs and a camera.
So, there you guys have it. I have ASMR, and I love it.