You know which ones I mean: Ultimate Survival with Bear Grylls, Bushcraft with Ray Mears, Survivor Man with Les Stroud. There are several reasons as to why these shows work as triggers for me.
One is because the hosts often whisper in to the camera at the audience at home, such as when they don’t want to alert a predatory animal in the vicinity – or even their prospective dinner. And as we all know, whispering is one of the most effective ASMR triggers out there.
But I find it also has a lot to do with the people themselves. All of these men are well-travelled – they’ve been all over the world, and have put themselves in some precarious situations, in some dangerous places. They aren’t nasty, arrogant or self-centred – even amidst all the not-so-recent revelations in the media about Bear Grylls’ sleeping habits when out in the wild.
The world doesn’t revolve around them, and they are conscious of this. They are seemingly good, humble beings who respect nature, and people – particularly the tribes and the like they come across on their journeys; all in their quest to satiate our curiosity and the need to know more.
It transcends on to a more empathetic level, I find.