Thursday, April 1, 2010

What is the Difference Between Type A and Type B AIE, or Head Tingles?

I read about this on the ASMR Group on Facebook. It makes perfect sense, and I decided to have a look at myself and my experiences with AIE.

I experience both Type A and Type B ASMR. The difference between the two is that Type A is something that you can generate yourself, without any external stimuli. You can think about something, and it happens – you start the sensation, when you want it to happen. It can be very hard, but with practice, it can happen.

Type B is when the sensation is caused by external stimuli, like the radio, TV, or even something that isn’t electronic or virtually-related, like someone speaking to you, or doing something, like  a tennis ball bouncing in the distance, for instance (that caused the sensation for me, once).

I will admit that I am chiefly a Type B sort when it comes to tingles or AIE. I actively seek out programs on TV, or certain radio stations that are guaranteed to get the sensation.

I am a bit of Type A, when I think back to a situation or thing that caused the sensation, and it does happen, but it’s harder to do it, or less intense than something that’s actively happening, like right at the moment.

I find that Type B experiences often generate more intense and sustained sensations.

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