I Like To Watch People 'Fiddle'.

This feeling started before I can even remember, but my earliest memory came from watching other people play tv games. I LOVE the sounds the buttons make, and also looking at the buttons they are pressing without knowing what's going on in the game sets of my tingles. There used to be no argument when my older sister and someone else got to play, coz I would get as much pleasure from watching them play (if not more) then playing. Another powerful trigger when I was very young, was from the noise a certain kid in class made when he rummaged in his stationery jar for something. We used to use cut open 2litre coke bottles in Grade one and I was in heaven every time he had to get something out. Another good ASMR memory was from waiting class when I was in Grade 1 and 2. Waiting class was when you had an older sibling in the same school, who finished class about an hour later than you. We were then kept in a classroom where a teacher read to us. The slow turning of the pages by the teacher coupled by someone sitting next to me or behind me who would keep shifting about and thus somehow tickle a part of my body kept me in a wonderful daze. Then, one night when we were out getting pizza with her parents I tried to explain this feeling to my cousin who was two years younger than me and my best playmate. I remember telling her that I like to watch people 'fiddle.' She then started 'fiddling' with her straw wrapper, watching me for a reaction, and I think that's where I learned that the person I was observing needed to be oblivious for the triggering to work.

So those are my earliest memories that are worth mentioning or that I can most remember. This feeling has stayed with me throughout my life. I've learned that they're definitely better with certain types of people. People who do things slowly, methodically and completely oblivious to my intent listening. I still haven't figured out what type exactly you need to be, but if one person does something that triggers, another person doing it might not invoke the same feeling. I also cannot trigger myself. I might do something and observe it as something that would normally trigger me, but it's like tickling your own arm vs. getting someone else to do it for you. Not the same thing.

Here are some of my triggers:
* Paper. Page turning, magazine or newspaper reading, watching someone study or write a test, cutting and sticking things, wrapping books or gifts, etc.
* Playing with Lego, toy cars, certain children's toys, certain equipment.
* Watching someone rummage in a box, handbag, make up or toiletry bag.
* Typing on a keyboard or phone.
* Watching someone fiddle with car keys.
* Opening or closing plastic jars, those cd holding zip up things make a great noise when someone pages through it,

There are many many more. These are just some of the most obvious ones. My trigger potential has become so vast as I got older, there are so many seemingly insignificant things that I am always on the lookout for. As with everybody, it is hard to explain, but my tingling occurs more in my chest area, maybe the top of my head. When I am even a little bit tired, all it takes is for someone around me to do any of this and my eyes want to start closing. ASMR can make the most boring circumstances more interesting and relaxing.

My use of the words 'ASMR', 'tingling', 'triggers', etc only came about when I accidentally discovered the HUGE ASMR community on Youtube. I randomly searched 'keyboard typing' and found a video posted by somebody called ASMRlove. Only after more searching around did I realize that ASMR referred to the actual sensation and that there are THOUSANDS of us out there! I have since then discovered many forums, facebook groups and of course youtube videos devoted to this phenomena and I'm actually just blown away. There are actually people who can understand me!

I know that there are a couple of biological theories already but my theory is that ASMR is like a form of meditation. As it comes about when you are intently focusing on an object and sound (which is certainly one aspect of meditation) and a feeling of relaxation ensues. I suspect that this is an indication of what enlightenment feels like. Maybe not all of it, but a part of it. A wonderful feeling of relaxation, comfort, tingling, a tickle from the inside. My other theory is that it very well may be a tickle. Everything is connected and as your ear is a physical thing, perhaps these sounds are somehow converted into a wonderful physical tingling sensation, but felt on the inside because they go into your ear.

Anyway that's my story. I'm aware that many ASMR stories are pretty much the same. I'd love to hear your comments.

I love ASMR :)

LoveUnity LoveUnity
31-35, F
1 Response Mar 17, 2013

Wow! great story! I remember my ASMR experiences from when I was a kid, too. That's interesting. :)
I remember when I was in class and we had a test or something when the teacher gently walked slowly (and omg, hopefully she was wearing heels) up and down the rows to see if anyone was copying or something, it was THE ULTIMATE ASMR sensations for me (which totally sounds weird, but heck, we all have weird tingle fiestas!) so I loved when I had tests. Teachers would just always do it and even today, when I have an exam at college or something, sometimes the teachers will walk slowly up and down, etc... ahhh I love it!

I love ASMR, too. My favorites are brushing sounds and drawing. I also enjoy body scans (usally related to sleep hypnosis).

My recent ASMR crush has been the following:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7QtSVgthaw (i love massage roleplays!)