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asmrIt’s a well-known fact that you can find anything you want on the Internet. There are communities that band together around the strangest and most niche topics. Recently, I stumbled upon a Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit Read More -based community that discusses the topic of ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response.

Not sure what that is? Neither did I. Then I spent some time researching it and found out that it was an apt description of a phenomenon that I’ve experienced since childhood but could never describe. It’s called ASMR and there’s a chance that you are in the same boat that I was once in. Keep reading to find out more.

What Is ASMR?

ASMR is best described as a physical sensation of tingling that often begins in the scalp and moves down through the spine and sometimes to the limbs. It is a pleasurable feeling that some would call relaxing. ASMR is also known as AIHO (attention induced head orgasm) or AIE (attention induced euphoria).

The feeling of ASMR is triggered by a number of different stimuli, and the effective ASMR triggers can differ from person to person. Some common triggers include:

  • The sound of lips smacking, such as when eating.
  • Slow or soft speech patterns. Whispering, too.
  • Receiving personal attention from someone, such as having your hair done, having your make-up done, receiving an eye exam, receiving a massage, etc.
  • Having someone play with your hair.
  • Certain sounds may trigger the effect, like fire crackling, paper scratching, white noise, running water, etc.
  • Watching someone who is performing a meticulous task, like fixing an electronic, working origami, making tea, etc.

Not everyone experiences ASMR. If you have absolutely no idea what I’ve been describing so far, then it’s probably that you do not have the ASMR response. However, if this sounds like something you’ve experienced before, then it’s likely that you can manually trigger it by watching videos that include the above ASMR trigger.

Here are some videos that have been known to trigger the ASMR response. They will make use of one or more of the above triggers. Sit back, relax, and just watch! If you start to get chills, then you know you have it.

Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting

Out of all the people I know who have ASMR, it seems like the most common ASMR trigger is Bob Ross. He just has that kind of voice that not only soothes, but makes you want to chill out and listen. On top of that, he always has nuggets of wisdom that he injects into his show.

It’s too bad that he is no longer able to continue his show. RIP Bob Ross. Thank you for leaving behind 30 seasons of The Joy of Painting that we can enjoy for our ASMR fixes.

Fountain Pen HD

This video has two main properties that can trigger ASMR: the scratching of the fountain pen’s tip against the tough canvas paper, and the intricate detailing of the writer’s penmanship. Personally, the scratching is what gets me with this video.

Even if you don’t get an ASMR response out of this, I think you’ll enjoy watching it. The clip is relatively short and it gives you a glimpse into the world of calligraphy and skillful handwriting.

T. M. Lewin’s How to Iron a Shirt

ASMR can be triggered by particular accents and forms of speech. The man in this video has a British accent, but combined with the gentle tone of his voice we’ve got a successful ASMR-triggering clip. As a bonus, you’ll learn how to properly iron those pesky wrinkles out of your shirts.

Educational and shiver-inducing! It doesn’t get any better than that.

Yang Haiying Making a Cup of Tea

Yang Haiying is a soft-spoken Asian woman (Chinese, I believe) that has over 7,000 videos uploaded to her Youtube account. The videos cover a whole bunch of topics ranging from painting to cooking to the making of tea. I’ve only seen her tea-related videos, but she has the kind of voice that will shiver you right up. It’s no wonder she’s so popular over in Reddit’s ASMR community.

She’s even acknowledged it, too. Some of her videos are titled and tagged as “Inadvertent ASMR,” so she definitely knows the power of her sweet voice.

Making Fire With IKEA Products

Lastly, this video demonstrates the ASMR triggers of clacking, scratching, shaving, and crackling–all distinct sounds that have been known to trigger an ASMR response. If these sorts of sounds don’t trigger you, then at least you’ll learn how to make a fire from scratch using only IKEA products.

Conclusion

Did you feel it? Did you get shivers running down your spine and a tingling sensation along your scalp? If so, congratulations! You have been blessed with the opportunity to enjoy such a pleasurable experience.

If you want more ASMR-related videos, then hop on over to /r/ASMR at Reddit and join 17,000+ other users who also enjoy head tingles. If craftsmanship and meticulous work is one of your triggers, then be sure to check out my list of 8 artisan videos 8 Fascinating Artisan Videos That Everyone Should Watch 8 Fascinating Artisan Videos That Everyone Should Watch Have you ever watched a masterful expert perform their work with such skill and passion that you had no choice but to watch and admire in awe? As I scour the Internet from day to... Read More . I guarantee that at least one of them will surely trigger your ASMR response.

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  1. ken
    December 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    What a load of bollocks

  2. Hildegard
    November 30, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I know this website provides quality based
    content and extra stuff, is there any other website which offers
    such stuff in quality?

  3. John Blair
    November 27, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Didn't give me shivers like I expected but the Ikea products fire was informative.

  4. Kit
    November 22, 2016 at 7:08 am

    None of these have any sort of asmr. I get the tingles real good from Maria who has the Gentle Whispering youtube channel.

  5. Azeem Ul Haq
    October 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Add one more name to the list. Lita of massageclips.com
    She also has a YT channel just search for Lita asmr.

  6. Nour
    October 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I literally didn't feel anything and I watched every single video.

  7. Wesley
    September 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I get this sensation whenever I listen to Kurt Cobain speak... or when I hear a climactic part of a song I like. It's a beautiful feeling, man

  8. ThaddeusIII
    September 8, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Check out videos of fighting game tutorias using arcade sticks. I can listen to the tapping of the buttons all day.

  9. Scott
    August 2, 2016 at 2:44 am

    I don't understand how people get pleasure from whispering or lip smacking. Personally, I have a hatred of sound I can't control. The only trigger for ASMR that made the most sense is receiving personal attention like a haircut.

    There have been a variety of videos on YouTube of people whispering and lip smacking on camera. They're trying to implement something like an eye exam into a role play video to trigger ASMR, which is incredibly cringe, to say the least.

    With all things, in time this can be widely accepted, if not at least attracted by a small community. I admit that the fountain pen was pleasant and relaxing, visuals more so.

    Thank you for sharing your research on ASMR.

  10. Yuki
    July 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    A couple other ones are nightcore songs, but I'll say the original if you don't like nightcore.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlalFOnPolU
    It Has Begun by Starset , this makes me really excited and gives me shivers because of the buzzing sounds with the music like Peter Gundry's The Daughter of Darkness

    part 2

  11. Yuki
    July 10, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    tHIS IS THE LAST TIME O K A Y

    okay so these stuff up here in the article, make me feel really icky and tense, but certain music doesn't, it makes me feel all good and shivery and pleasurable like asmr should and this has definitely happened before but here's some songs i will post in parts bc it doesn't let you comment multiple youtube videos in one comment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHUw9oRzYZU
    this one is with violins overlapping each other and it feels really good and it makes me feel calm and such so here you go

    part 1

  12. Yuki
    July 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    will this not let you post multiple youtube clips ????????????

    • Yuki
      July 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      i knew it

      • Yuki
        July 10, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        aaaaaaaah pls post my comments IM A REAL PERSON im not made of technology cries

  13. Yuki
    July 10, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I don't understand why these make people feel pleasure from it? I mean, I've gotten shivers before, but these kinds of things do the opposite affect for me???(it makes me feel very tense and i just don't like it) And it wasn't really "oh im cold" kind of shivers, they were different....

    I'm wondering though, can asmr relate to the kind of shivers you get from music? Like the band Evanescence, the singer as a very soft voice and a lot of the times I get shivers from music like that. It just feels really great.
    So I'm wondering if that's related to asmr or--

    I have no clue......

    • Yuki
      July 10, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Well my stupid comment did n o t load(tHIS IS THE THIRD T I ME), but instead of these videos with scratching or clawing or creepy things that make me really tense and irritated, a lot of music makes me feel good and shivery and pleasurable and calmer, or really excited.

      So here's some youtube videos that make me feel good and shivery like asmr is supposed to make you feel.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHUw9oRzYZU
      This video is of violins kind of overlapping each other, and it makes me really calm when I have anxiety or anything. it's just amazing.

      A couple other ones are nightcore songs, but I'll say the original if you don't like nightcore.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlalFOnPolU
      It Has Begun by Starset , this makes me really excited and gives me shivers because of the buzzing sounds with the music like Peter Gundry's The Daughter of Darkness

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQZI2QbOtNU
      Missing by Evanescence , if you know this band, you'll know why it can give you shivers like asmr because of the lead singer's voice is so soft and beautiful and it's just so shiver inducing it's hard to describe-- her voice is very haunting, yeah that's it.

      Of course, when I go looking for it, these things won't give me shivers but it's very calming and pleasurable. There are also other singers and bands like Digital Daggers, Kanon Wakeshima, Lacey Sturm, etc., that could give you shivers and such. Also I like to listen to classical type music, music boxes, pianos, violins, soundtracks, like fantasy type music composed by people like Peter Gundry, a very famous violinist named Lindsey Stirling, soundtracks from RWBY or Vampire Knight, etc. These may not actually be asmr but it could be very shiver inducing and pleasurable.

  14. lg
    March 28, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    #1 about someone making noise while they eat?
    My response to that would be to take the chair that I'm sitting in and smashing it over the lip smacking pigs head.

  15. Al
    March 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    The guy using IKEA products to start a fire.......Look.

  16. JoeX
    January 30, 2016 at 12:02 am

    My fav ASMR vid is actually from Conan The Barbarian. Its the scene where the wizard is painting symbols on him to save him after he is crucified.

  17. dwill
    January 29, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Fascinating. I've never heard of this acronym, ASMR, but I know the feeling. Auditory stimulation does not have this affect for me, but draw letters on my back or play with my hair and that description fits exactly.

  18. moo monster
    January 19, 2016 at 10:33 am

    NOT REAL 0/10 IGN would not believe in again

  19. Madison Dampier
    January 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I got the tingling effect from the Ikea fire video, right at the parts where progress is seen being made towards a fire (The smoke being produced, the ashes, the smolders to the fire itself) and it is an incredible experience. I've also definitely had this experience before with haircuts, although I rather enjoy my hair long so it's a rarity that I get to feel it so often.

  20. Jae Ellen
    January 2, 2016 at 12:23 am

    So disappointed, I don't have this ability to feel anything special when watching the tea
    lady. I enjoyed her voice and found it soothing, but no tingles. ??

  21. Jake
    December 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Its just a short, concentrated adrenaline rush. Not asmr or whatever you want to call it. Triggers differ yes, but EVERYONE is capable of the feeling.

  22. Scott Jessop
    September 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    And a documentary all about it. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri4SVWz0s6c

  23. Scott Jessop
    September 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Here - A Binaural ASMR channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/Truebinaural

  24. Amy Larksong
    August 29, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I've experienced this feeling when I heard the voice of an anime character I really liked after not hearing it for a few years. I think my trigger requires a more sharp and deep voice with a particular sound. I'll know when I hear it. It's definitely not soft, said character isn't exactly soft spoken.

  25. Konstantin Stog
    August 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Well finally I got a name for it, I was experiencing it when I was a child, especially strong when some neighborhood girl was doing some girly tests with me with her fingers crossed or something. Totally felt like I was in a trance, and a pleasent feeling on the back of my neck and head. Also a strong one was when I was watching flight attendants show the safety precautions on every plane, weird gestures with their hands showing belt and emergency exists, but only from beautiful women (not men). Also when I watched these flight attendants on youtube, very strong sensation. You should include this type of video. I think it is a rather intimate feeling not meant to be shared with many people (anonymous people on the internet don't count) :D

  26. daniyal141
    July 21, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Got no ASMR trigger but the Fountain Pen video was good. The other videos, I watched them and I probably should never waste my time watching those videos again.

    • Konstantin Stog
      August 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Try a "flight attendant demonstrating safety measures on a plane" type of video, did it strong for me.

  27. Angela Duce
    June 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    This is really interesting. I didn't get any tingling from any of theses videos and there were a few videos on YouTube that said they would trigger the sensation too but nothing, although, most of them were extremely annoying and irritating like the whispering ones, they were not pleasant at all :( . I was looking for the reason I get a full body tingling when I hear certain singing voices. Its like a flushing from my feet to my head of tiny bubbles at least I know it isnt called ASMR I looked into Frisson also and it isn't that either..... the search continues.

    • Susan Baumgaertner Fentz
      June 30, 2015 at 12:46 am

      Nothing here either. Beginning to wonder if it's all in their heads.

      • Karma Bennett
        August 14, 2015 at 10:19 pm

        It's definitely not a placebo because for most people it's a sensation they've remembered since childhood. There's scant research in this area so we don't know what causes it or if everyone gets it, so it's possible you don't. But different people get it from different things so you may just have not found your trigger yet.

        I think it's a physical reaction to having someone invade your personal space, sort of a pleasant, nervous tickling of the ears (but you don't feel it in your ears, it's mostly around the scalp). Real life situations that often trigger asmr: eye exams, haircuts, makeovers.

      • Sandesh Shiv
        September 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        Hahhaaa....it is all in our heads! :)

        ....Susan, it is for real. I have tried to explain it the way I have observed and experienced this phenomenon in this thread below. Hope it helps you.

    • Myron Smith (Animation Treasures)
      July 20, 2015 at 3:48 am

      The writing in this article helped me understand ASMR, but the videos don't seem to be the best examples (it doesn't help that these examples aren't very long). The best examples of what they are talking about to me would have to be the crackling of a fire. Also, whispering in my ear gives me intense tingles, but part of that may be the vibrations off of my ear drum.

      Here is an interesting question... Would this be a similar phenomenon that occurs when someone with a beautiful singing voice?

      By the way for anyone who likes relaxing drawing videos, I have plenty on my YouTube channel!

    • Konstantin Stog
      August 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Try a "flight attendant demonstrating safety measures on a plane" type of video, did it strong for me.

    • Konstantin Stog
      August 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      It is not the sensation that is talked about that you describe. You need to go to a symphony concert to an organ hall, it made it for me, always.

    • Sandesh Shiv
      September 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      I have been experiencing ASMR right from my childhood on many occasions, notably when I get personal attention, for example when a tailor takes the measurements. I do experience ASMR during hair cuts but to a lesser degree. The intensity is more when I get my moustache trimmed, a final ritual of my hair cut. It might sound weird to you, but I am trying to explain iin detail so that you get a better understanding of ASMR for different people.

      Most ASMR trigger videos have little effect or no effect on me....so it is safe to say some people get the ASMR feeling for certain triggers.

      In my case, I enjoy the most when it occurs naturally in a real world situation. I would suggest you to play some online response related games (color-word match etc.,) for couple of minutes daily and try 1 or 2 ASMR trigger videos at a time. I hope you will get to experience ASMR on some videos at least. Even you play response related games like the color-word match or odd - even number match or the Vowel & consonant related Yes/No kind of games found in the internet for 10 to 15 minutes, I believe you will get at least a basic feeling of ASMR when you are simply resting or when you are calm without having to induce it through videos. Hope this helps. Trust me, it is a really, really good feeling. If it still doesn't work, forget it, no hard feelings. Like I said, I experience it once in blue moon, but never crave for it although I enjoy it when it happens naturally :)

  28. Hamashyha
    April 20, 2015 at 12:17 am

    All of them worked to me, thanks

  29. Joonas
    February 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    It's great to read all these comments and witness the first reactions of people who are new to ASMR! An absolute joy!

    Darkocean have you tried the head massager orgasmotron or whatever the name of it is? It gives similar tingles!

    It's great that people like the author try to educate other on ASMR. All my friends used to think it's something sexual. I think this is pretty common and it's a curse for the whole asmr community: http://discoverasmr.com/what-is-asmr/sexual-asmr/

  30. darkocean
    February 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I'm mostly deaf so those videos do not work, however I get head tingles from reading sometimes! Try reading a book you love, not just like but one of your favorites where you can recall some of the favorite scenes in it. Tingles lots of tingles! Try it. :D

    I think head tingles are connected to emotional, and the tingles are a physical effect of that emotion.

  31. Dave
    February 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

    I get it several times a day with nothing that I know of triggering it. It starts in the neck, causing a wrenching motion in my neck and head, before going down the spine. I didn't use to have this before suffering some nerve damage. Is this the way it is for everyone or is it the nerve damage after all?

  32. Caro
    February 2, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Having had enough not so good conditions (bipolar, ADD, panic attacks), it feels so good to have this one! Since ASMR seems to be triggered by so many things, I'm with the people who get tingly responses from certain types of touch (massage, scalp massage) and certain sounds (put me on on a boat or train and I'm in happyland). Strangely, whispering, tapping, folding laundry have no effect at all or are even annoying. Have also bought a few hypnosis CDs and they actually irritate the crap out of me and I hate guided meditation! But soft speaking voices are my main non-physical trigger. If I listen to certain presenters on Radio National Australia, This American Life etc, I can't drive because it's too hypnotic. Very blissful though :). For those who have the condition, you'll find your trigger even if it's not in the top 5.

  33. Zoey Smith
    December 16, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Ive had this feeling my whole life but could never describe it. The description of the feeling is accurate to what i feel yet none of those videos triggered it for me?

  34. Samantha
    December 9, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I watched all of these and none gave me the shivers, I get ASMR but the more I look for triggers, the more I feel it only happens for me organically. My biggest trigger is being on the phone with someone who is typing, and unfortunately there aren't exactly videos of that!

  35. Amy
    November 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I absolutely get a response, but it's actually a tingling in my, um... nether regions. It's definitely not a sex thing, but I've always felt guilty about it! I remember experiencing it as a child when a librarian would open a book with a plastic jacket and stamp the date in the back. Is this ASMR?

    • Joel Lee
      December 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      As I'm a male, I don't think I'm qualified to answer this. However, as far as I know, ASMR is defined by its location in the head/neck/spine areas. This is the first time I'm hearing about nether regions, so it may or may not be related.

  36. Mister SootheTube
    November 23, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Hi Joel, just wondering if you'd like to add my site to this article as a great ASMR resource.

    I run http://www.soothetube.com and have been posting ASMR vids almost daily since 2010, even before the term was coined!

    I think it would be valuable info to share.

    :)

    Thanks!

    • Joel Lee
      December 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Wow, I didn't know about that site. I love it. Thanks for letting me know. :D

  37. Bert
    November 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I've never heard of ASMR before but now i know why sometimes i get that feeling by listening to certain sound.
    The best trigger for me is the sound of a marker scratching a paper surface like in this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aeIOEhaVH4

  38. Marius Lixandru
    October 11, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I know what you're talking, I realized this experience when I saw a lady who was giving the vacuum cleaner, something happen in my head 100% relax
    i dont know how to explain this, i was think im crazy! but now im sure im note alone! :)

  39. Damien
    October 8, 2012 at 3:31 am

    The best experience ive had was when i was a kid back in school when a female Chinese student was helping me solve a mathematical problem and it just hit me,my head got really tingly and i swear it felt like time slowed down or something lol.
    I got no idea what triggered it but she had a real soft voice and she was talking out loud on how to solve the problem i was having.

    I have had the feeling every now and again as an adult but nothing anywhere near as strong as the one a had at school.

    • Joel Lee
      October 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

      I love those situations! But yeah, as I get older, ASMR seems to be less powerful. My childhood ASMR chills were insane!

      • Konstantin Stog
        August 13, 2015 at 6:35 pm

        Try a "flight attendant demonstrating safety measures on a plane" type of video, did it strong for me.

  40. Britt
    October 7, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Forgot to add what my ASMR experience is like...tingling in the back of my head (if I'm having a good one it will be over my complete head & behind my eyes), tingling down the back of my neck which migrates through my trapezius area (upper back & shoulders), down to my arms & fingers! It's awesome!

  41. Britt
    October 7, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Wow! Thank you so much for the article! I never knew what I have experienced since childhood actually had a name other than "relaxed". I guess we are a lucky few!

    Bob Ross ALWAYS triggers this response (I have 15+ Joy of Painting episodes saved on my DVR right now). While all the other videos triggered my ASMR somewhat, the Rushka tea one had the most effect. I also like to watch people doing crafts (the sound of scissors cutting construction paper is amazing). Getting a massage or just watching someone get a massage (I can even read the description of spa treatments & have an ASMR response!) I love my hair to be played with too! As you probably know, the list can go on forever!!

    This video of Martha Stewart and a NYC florist making a Mother's Day floral arrangement triggers my ASMR big time! Just excuse the Clariton ad at the front of the video. (Hope you dont mind me putting the link in here) http://www.marthastewart.com/911157/mothers-day-floral-arrangement

    Question: I have a lot of tension headaches & upper back/neck aches; what seems like more than most people do. Do any of you who experience ASMR noticed this as well? Wondering if they're related some how. Thank again for the video!

    • Joel Lee
      October 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

      Based on your description, it does sound like you experience ASMR. Awesome! And thanks for sharing that video. If anything, it increased my exposure to flower arrangement. ;)

      As far as I know, there is no correlation between ASMR and tension headaches or back aches. They might be caused by an unrelated source, like something caffeine related.

      From personal experience, I used to have a ton of random headaches that felt like tension headaches. As it turned out, they were caused by dehydration. A lot of people don't know they're dehydrated; you can be even if you don't feel thirsty.

      I'm not a doctor so that's all I can offer. Hope you figure out the cause!

    • TerryO
      October 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      I am 69 female and have gotten a tingling in scalp in certain situations since I was a child. Just love it although it doesn't happen as often as when I was younger. Unfortunately, none of the videos did it for me and I don't ever remember seeing any youtube, etc that did it. Has to be real life. Someone comes to vacuum my office once a week. I get the tinglin feeling every time she's there. Of course, someone combing or styling my hair does it (more likely to happen if it's random and informal vs a haircut at the salon). Or someone giving me instructions and showing me how to do something (a simple, physical task) will trigger it. I try to hold onto it but it is so often too fleeting a sensation.

      Recently asked my siblings and son if they got it. They had no idea what i was talking about. (Never had ever mentioned this to anyone before though i think i assumed a lot of people must have experienced it.)

      Brett mentions headaches. As a kid I got so many headaches that I almost didn't pay attention to them. As an adult I also get more headaches than most people I know. Never thought that there might be a correlation between the two sensations -- one so wonderful, the other so painful.

  42. scott
    September 25, 2012 at 3:12 am

    seconds into that bob ross vid just paralyzed meh!

  43. Brenda
    September 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I did get lots of ASMR triggers from these videos! Specially with Bob Ross. The old sound with some background noise kind of helps.

    I've been aware of the ASMR feeling since about always, but I really thought it was something everyone got. As common as breathing, so it never occurred to me to speak about it until recently when I gave my sister a few links that made me feel these triggers and she felt nothing or was even greatly annoyed... then I came across reading about it and realized, not all people get it. (They're totally missing it, I like it a lot!)

  44. Morgan
    September 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Hi, i'm not sure if I have ASMR or not(very new to this, just found out like a week ago and been watching many of these videos!)

    The response I get from the vids is like a general state of relaxing, like a tingling in the front of my head, eyes, sinus(noticeable but pleasant/relaxing)

    and like a tingling feeling on the back of my neck during these vids like whisper, typing etc.

    I still don't know if I have ASMR, is there a test somewhere on the internet or from a doctor/therapist I could take?

    • Joel Lee
      September 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      From your description, I would say that you DO experience ASMR! Most telling is the state of feeling relaxed and the tingling behind your neck. Congrats! :)

  45. c w
    September 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    finally stumbled across the asmr categorization after years of bookmarking my trigger videos. anyways, along the lines of your prior article '8 Fascinating Artisans'...another shoeshine vid, sounds in it trigger response for me.
    http://youtu.be/Jsx38_s3Mnc

    • Joel Lee
      September 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      I found that a number of those artisan videos triggered ASMR for me. Something about watching highly skilled individuals. The shoeshine you linked triggered it, too, and now I feel all relaxed. Thank you very much! :)

  46. Andy
    September 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I have ASMR, but online videos do not work for me, unfortunately. I watch the videos, but all they do is relax me and make me feel drowsy, like dinasaur2 on youtube (this is a good trigger if you're into drawing). But in real life, pretty much every trigger that I've read about works on me, so I do get head tingles every so often.

    The only online video that ever gave me ASMR was this one, and I think it was only because I wasn't expecting it to happen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6YeO_egn-0&feature=relmfu
    (Starts at 1:30 and gets better at 8:00)

    • Joel Lee
      September 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      I agree with you. ASMR tends to be weaker when you're anticipating it, much like tickling. I can't watch "intentional" ASMR videos because they just don't work for me; instead, the most powerful reactions occur when I don't expect it.

  47. AR
    August 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I get this response, but I don't always like the feeling. If someone pulls down a projector screen, like those found in classrooms, i get a tingling sensation all over my body but I don't associate it with a pleasurable feeling. It's almost like nails on a chalkboard. I feel the same way about listening to a violin. The whispering though is a pleasurable ASMR response for me.

    • Joel Lee
      September 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Ugh, nails on chalkboard. I get that sensation too but I don't think it's ASMR. I think ASMR is by definition pleasurable. Still, it's nice that you can enjoy whispers at least.

  48. James
    August 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    It may sound weird, but I get ASMR responses differently than most people. While I do still feel it in my spine and scalp I feel it most strongly in my throat.

    • Joel Lee
      September 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      A throat response? That's pretty cool. Hopefully it feels just as good.

    • N/A
      October 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Not weird to me. I just discovered that this is shared by so many people and find it very interesting that much of the same stuff triggers so many people..never gave it too much thought until now really, just enjoyed it when the sensation randomly (or so it seemed) appeared.. I have it mostly in the throat as well:)

  49. sam
    August 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

    im certain i have ASMR but i dont necessarily get the "tingle" per say, instead more of a warm fuzzy feeling where i dont want to move, actually feels a lot like an indica high in some ways without anything negative

    • Joel Lee
      September 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      My ASMR differs sometimes. Mostly I'll get the tingle, but sometimes I'll get the warm fuzzy feeling--though lots of times, I get both. I've never tried indica, so I can't confirm or deny that part. ;)

  50. Natalia
    August 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I don't think you have a clue about ASMR, or what it is...these videos have no ability whatsoever to manufacture the pleasant feeling of tingling sensations.

    • Joel Lee
      August 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      That's funny... because I compiled these videos after browsing a number of threads in various ASMR communities. ASMR is not a definite science and everyone has different triggers. Some can't be triggered by videos at all, only in real life.

      I also clearly defined what ASMR is in the article. Perhaps if you'd given it a read, you would've known that.

  51. Alexandra Tibbo
    August 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    <3 I heard about ASMR a few months ago, and was amazed to learn that only a certain group of people got the head tingles hehe. Whenever I was younger, I would always make my mom braid my hair or brush it, because it would always give me the best shivers. Same with getting a haircut, or going for a doctors appointment. I always assumed it was normal to have those sensations, and that everybody got them. Turns out I was wrong!
    Being only thirteen, a new year at school always brings the excitement that I might get a teacher with one of those perfectly soft ASMR-y voices. I've only had one, but luckily I had her for two grades (grade two and three) she came from Ireland, but didn't have too strong of an accent, just enough that it would always relax me. Dang I miss that class... LOL.
    Coming onto this page, I was hoping for a few good videos to bring on the shivers, but unfortunately, Ol' Bob Ross was the only successful one. I did enjoy that fountain pen and the tea making video though. Made me kinda drowsy aha. I don't know about you, but my ultimate asmr triggers, are soft spoken role-plays, especially when the person has an accent. Videos of head massages are also fantastic whenever I want some tingles :) You should check some of them out.

    My absolute favourite video though, has to be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhP8mI3B28E
    The sounds of traffic in the background surpringly add the perfect touch!

    Lordy, I just realize how gigantic this comment has become, so I'll be going, hope you find more videos, and hope you have a great day! xx

    ~Alex

    • Joel Lee
      August 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      The soft spoken triggers are often the most impactful for me, but I most frequently get ASMR from watching someone do expert artisan work. I checked out your video and it did trigger ASMR for me, so thanks! :)

  52. Kristen
    August 9, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Do you think this is at all related to me getting the chills any time I hear an unpleasant sound? Like chalk on a chalkboard or something being scraped? Lately I have been very sensitive to it. Or is ASMR only related to pleasant feelings?

    • Joel Lee
      August 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      ASMR is by definition a pleasant feeling. I, too, get chills when I hear nails on chalkboard or metal utensils scraping against each other--but that feeling is distinctly different from ASMR. Hope that helps!

  53. Amanda
    August 8, 2012 at 4:00 am

    can you have the tingling sensation mostly in the back and then sometimes in your head running down your body is that ASMR ????

    • Joel Lee
      August 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Yes, I believe that is ASMR! To be sure, it depends on WHEN those shivers appear. If they're just random, then it's likely not ASMR, but if they appear according to the triggers in this article, then yes! :)

  54. Guy
    August 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

    These are good but the best asmr video in my opinion is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW5RlESXBUo

    • Joel Lee
      August 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      WOW! That video gave me a serious ASMR shock. That was awesome. Thanks for sharing! I favorited it right away. :)

  55. Jer
    August 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I feel like mine is triggered more from sounds than anything else.. these videos didn't really do much for me.

    What I have found works AMAZING is that 'Virtual Haircut' video on youtube.. it's just so real sounding, works every time.

    • Joel Lee
      August 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      It seems like a lot of people are referencing that video. If it works for you, awesome! :D

  56. Oliver
    August 3, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Two things needed to be added to this. A clip of getting a haircut and a clip of the show "sit and be fit". If you like Bob Ross, you will love "sit and be fit". Particularly the wrap up at the end of the episode.

    • Joel Lee
      August 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I'll keep an eye out for "Sit and Be Fit." I love Bob Ross so hopefully it'll meet expectations. :)

  57. reno
    August 3, 2012 at 3:26 am

    JOY #5

  58. reno
    August 3, 2012 at 3:25 am

    #5 joy

  59. awesomeness
    August 3, 2012 at 2:15 am

    like most commenters, had no idea other people experienced this too!! it usually just tingles all over my scalp and doesn't spread to any limbs though. i did often get the same effect from shows like bob ross's (i didn't get it this time but maybe because i was trying to be conscious of it).
    i used to like to watch any kind of home shopping networks, where they would often talk in gentle tones, and especially the slow, steady back and forth rotation of the little table showing off the jewelry or whatever would be great.
    also would really enjoy watching the putting in golf, when the guys would crouch down and slowly and intensely study the contours of the green
    unfortunately i don't get it nearly as often in adulthood as i did as a kid, but i really enjoy it when a couple female coworkers would chat in whisper just near my desk, or when some of my foreign coworkers would talk at low volume in polish or russian on the phone (presumably to some family member).

    • Joel Lee
      August 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Same! It seems that ASMR becomes less prominent into adulthood, though that might just be perception-based bias now that I know what ASMR is. I feel like I used to get ASMR all the time as a kid (watching teachers, watching TV, etc.) but maybe I just don't have as many opportunities for triggers anymore.

  60. James Denton
    July 30, 2012 at 3:55 am

    There is also this video on youtube where this woman is braiding her daughters hair. Get me everytime http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuzRv_ow4P0&list=UUcro63l1yVTdSGb6uirr70Q&index=8&feature=plcp

  61. Anne Somnia
    July 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I get ASMR, but none of those videos do anything for me.

    • Alan
      October 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Me too...

  62. Max
    July 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I frequently get seemingly random shivers throughout my body that last for a moment or two. To give these shivers some context, I was told this is what happens when "someone walks over your grave," (don't know if you guys have heard the expression?) Could these shivers be momentary glimpses of a real ASMR experience, or something else entirely? I've never really paid much attention to them before.

    • Joel Lee
      July 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      If the shivers occur randomly, then I don't think they are ASMR-related. As far as I understand it, ASMR shivers are triggered by stimuli related to the ones listed at the start of the article. I'm not a doctor nor do I have any medical background, so I'm not sure what your shivers are. Sorry!

  63. Hailey
    July 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I'm not sure if what I have is ASMR? But when I watch these videos, I get super relaxed and my head feels really light and I start to kind of melt into sleep. Aha I don't know how to explain it other than my head/brain feels good?

    • Joel Lee
      July 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Not sure if that's ASMR but that sounds just as awesome. As long as you're getting some sort of positive response, I'd say that's all that matters. Enjoy it! :D

  64. XXX
    July 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Wow, I'm the opposite... I thought it was normal to get tingling feelings from things like that (especially hair playing, scalp massage, haircut, etc.)... Now I feel weird realizing it's not as common as I thought!

    • Joel Lee
      July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Ha! Well, now you know. I love having ASMR; it's one of the most relaxing feelings in the world. We're lucky to have it!

    • Anne Somnia
      July 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

      That's exactly what happened to me- I thought it was something everyone experienced, then I found out that it's not that common at all.

  65. Tae
    July 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I experience ASMR when listening to whispering voices.

    I get a similar sesation, but it's more of a tingles all-over feeling intensely when listening to anything squeaky.

    I also get headaches from whisperers with low, scratchy voices.

  66. Jennifer
    July 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    You totally forgot some of the BEST. GentleWhispering, WhisperCrystal just to name a few.

  67. Angela
    July 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I cannot believe that I just found out about ASMR shivers! I never knew other people experienced this or that it even had a name. I thought it was just something that happened to me when I watched people draw (esp on my arm like as in high school) or some yoga instructors voice would make me feel that way. Also I also watch this one Seinfeld clip on youtube over and over because it would make me feel relaxed and almost in a trance. And I thought it was strange so never told anyone and then I saw someone's comment that they got ASMR shivers from the clip and BAM came upon this site. This is crazy!

    • Joel Lee
      July 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      That's awesome! I have a similar story and it was eye-opening to find out that other people experienced it, too. ASMR is a relatively new thing (in terms of recognizing its existence) so not many people know about it. Glad that you finally discovered what it was! :)

      • EB
        November 20, 2012 at 1:46 am

        Same here! It was always such a personal thing for me to experience this kind of stuff, that I had no idea it was common among others, or even that it had a name. Another one many know about it is Lita, under the name "Massageclips2" on Youtube. I also enjoy "Softsoundwhispers" and her video "ASMR Brushing Your Face for Tingles".

        Happy Tingling! :)

  68. bc
    June 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    These videos gave me a headache, at the back base of my skull. Not pleasant.

    • Joel Lee
      June 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      You may want to see a doctor about that.

  69. JOsh
    June 24, 2012 at 4:30 am

    While I didn't get ASMR I did learn a bunch of things, the only video I didn't finish was the tea one because it seemed boring...

    • Joel Lee
      June 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Ah, that stinks. I'm glad you enjoyed the videos, at least. :) Thanks for watching!

      • Brandon
        August 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

        I used to get this feeling a lot when i was younger. But it is very rare now. When it does happen, it is spontaneous. I think the drug ecstacy numbed that ability permanently.

        • Kevosk
          October 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

          Bingo! Just my thinking. My brother gets it, but I don't. My brother has abstained from ecstasy... well, you get the point.

    • shane
      July 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Search youtube for greatest head massage in the world. That is GUARANTEED to give you the experience. Has like a bizzillion views.

      • cesar
        August 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

        BABA lol

  70. Saiwal
    June 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I can induce an ASMR response voluntarily but its not strong enough.. however the strongest ones are triggered by a scalp massage which travel from my scalp all the way to the ends of my limbs. until now i thought i was the only one... thanx a lot for the post.

    • Joel Lee
      June 24, 2012 at 3:20 am

      I always thought I was alone in ASMR, too! It seems a lot of people feel that way and aren't aware that it's a real experience. Glad you enjoyed the post!

      • Alan
        October 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Try videos about "washing wheels and tires", "house cleaning", "head massage" and "foot massage". I'm absolutely sure you will enjoy them ;)

    • Thomas Benson
      March 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Pretend you are actually there, none of the above videos worked for me, but this had me going in 20 seconds. Best viewed with surround sound.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO9JGISzb9Q

  71. Mike DeGeorge
    June 23, 2012 at 3:43 am

    It didn't do anything for me.

    • Joel Lee
      June 23, 2012 at 4:43 am

      That's too bad. Not everyone can get an ASMR response. :(

      I hope you enjoyed watching the videos, at least.

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