Monday, January 16, 2012

New ASMR Poll: Can you Learn to Experience ASMR?

Time for the new poll. This is another interesting topic that I think we should all vote on.

Can you learn or be taught to experience ASMR?

It’s a subject that’s been brought up time and time again. Some say everyone is capable of experiencing ASMR to some degree – that it’s a naturally occurring response and that therefore it’s possible to realise you have it at some point whereas you might not have realised it before. Maybe that describes most of us. This is a theory that seems to be supported by the fact that many within the community claim to remember their earliest ASMR events taking place as a child – around the age of 7. This is probably because as a young child or toddler you generally don’t remember as much – only fragments; certain events. As you get older you remember everything – then again in old age you forget! Don’t take it too seriously. I’m only joking as regards that last bit.

Others will claim that you’re born with the ability to experience – perhaps having inherited it from a parent.

But is it possible to develop it over time? Can you learn or be taught to experience? Would sitting someone down and making them watch trigger videos have a positive result of some sort? Could meditation and other practices that are common among the community actually develop or nurture ASMR – to a point where, as the more spiritual among us would say, you have an awakening of sorts?

The options to cast your votes on are as follows:

a) Yes, it’s possible to initially not possess it, and develop ASMR.

b) Everyone has it. It’s therefore only possible to realise that one has it.

c) It’s not possible. You’re either born with it or you aren’t.

There you have it. In the past I’ve had polls run for 3 months, equalling a total of about 4 polls a year. I’ve debated whether I should change the duration of a poll, but I’ll stick with it for now. The poll will end some time in April this year as a result, allowing for a large number of votes before I tally them all up and make a post out of it. Or else we could wait until a minimum of 50 or so votes is reached and end the poll. You’ll find the poll in the sidebar as usual.

In any case, happy voting!

1 comment:

  1. I've been wanting to know more about this sensation in the head. I get it also. For example, watching window washers, or even the gas attendent washing the windshield, for some reason I get that relaxed tingling feeling in my head. I don't get the feeling any more as far as I can remember. I've been dealing a lot with anxiety, and my head always feels so tense. I'd like to find a way to get it back as it might just help heal my anxiety issues. I get a massage now and then and that doesn't really help. Did I fry my brain? Does it not know how to relax any more? My serotonin levels are really low, is that why?


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