This has been a popular if not controversial topic that has arisen over the past while in several places online, like Reddit, the forum and even the Facebook group. Is it possible to experience ASMR without a tingling sensation?
This has long been listed as one of the most common (if not the most) sensations to accompany ASMR. We’re still not sure or agreed on what the sensation is or how it is caused – whether it’s in the brain, triggered by events, similar to how we perceive pain, or on the scalp and skin, perhaps caused by the flexing of hair follicles, which is reportedly experienced during bouts of frisson. Others have suggested it is Goosebumps. While these are theories and all possibilities, this tingling sensation is much more pleasant and intense than Goosebumps, which is why perhaps we are not satisfied to just leave it at that.
But not everybody experiences this tingling sensation. More and more people have come forward about this, and it’s hard to judge whether or not someone experiences ASMR because they lack this. Perhaps ASMR experiences are unique to the individual, and not all the same. People tend to experience it in differing levels of intensity. Triggers that will work reliably for some, may not work at all for others. Some have suggested that ASMR lies on a spectrum.
Some have experiences while watching trigger videos or are affected by events in real life, and claim to feel the positive, and sometimes even negative, effects of ASMR. They feel calm, and relaxed. There is a response of some sort – that’s for certain. But is it ASMR?
So this poll isn’t so much about whether one can experience ASMR without tingles. And it isn’t one that is answered with simply “yes” or “no” – that would be too simple. This is a poll to see just how varied and unique ASMR experiences can potentially be. We don’t want to shun people, or tell them they don’t have ASMR. We can’t really know for sure. The community tries to be as accepting as it can be, and welcomes anyone, even people who don’t experience ASMR but support those who do – so why not people who lack some of the “symptoms”? I think we need to approach this with an open mind. There’s nothing wrong with healthy debate, however. Remember that we know nothing for certain for the time being.
So the options for the poll are:
Do you experience a tingling sensation when exposed to triggers?
a) Yes, in or on the head/scalp region – you experience a tingling sensation, but it rarely, if ever, travels past the head and maybe the neck.
b) Yes, but in other parts of the body other than the head – you experience tingling sensations in the stomach or the legs or arms when exposed to triggers, but not the head. It could be one area or several, but it doesn’t include the head.
c) Yes, all over my body, right from the head down to my toes – this could be due to a high level of intensity; a stronger than usual ASMR event, especially for people who mainly experience the sensation in or on the head. So we have to be careful with this option. But perhaps you consistently experience tingling all over the body without fail. If you honestly experience a full body tingling as a standard response, as in at least 99% of the time, then vote for this. If only rarely, or not at all, consider one of the other options.
d) I don’t experience any tingles whatsoever – you may experience some sort of response to triggers, but there is no tingling sensation at all in any part of the body.
As per usual, 3 months or 90 days left to vote in this poll, which is on the sidebar to the right, before it closes and the results displayed here on the blog. Happy voting! Please feel free to add comments to help explain your choice and express your opinions.