Monday, October 18, 2010

Type A Experience: ASMR Anticipation

The other day during our bi-monthly research team meeting, Domagoj brought up an interesting matter. It’s not usual for me to disclose the matters discussed during these classified meetings, but this is one of the things I can talk about, seeing as it isn’t sensitive information.

He claims that he doesn’t even have to watch a particular video, or other Type B trigger to even get ASMR. Before he even watches a clip that perhaps he knows will work for him, he starts to get the sensation.

I often get this too, and other team members agree. I came up with the theory that it’s linked to the anticipation of the trigger working. Knowing that you’re going to experience something great. We’ve all experienced this in one form or another. Who hasn’t looked forward to a trip or some event, and you start to feel happy, excited, and “light” long before you’ve even left the driveway?

It’s like I’ve heard before: “Anticipation, after all, is everything”.

This is a characteristic of Type A ASMR, I might add. Not relying on multimedia such as music or videos to trigger it. Just thinking about something, including a past episode of ASMR can trigger it in some. This is a good way of training your Type A ASMR, if you wish to. I find that with me it happens almost all the time now.

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