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Have you ever had a ''brain orgasm'' (ASMR)?

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garybuseysdentist Tue 28-Nov-17 17:59:26

I never knew there was a name for this till today but I was reading on another forum that specific things can trigger you into a state that can be described as ''a really strong tingling sensation along your scalp and a huge sense of euphora/happiness + numbness of your body'' . Mine were (and I'm not joking or trolling) : one of my childhood friends telling me which stamps out of my collection he had or not, my dog licking himself and more recently, haircuts.

I don't know why it's called ''orgasm'' because it's more like a drug induced, relaxing mood. I had no idea this was a thing and it had a name. There's tons of videos on YT with all sorts of ''triggers''.

Butterymuffin Tue 28-Nov-17 18:01:22

I think that's what happens when I listen to
David Bowie. smile

NumberEightyOne Tue 28-Nov-17 18:03:38

I watch ASMR videos on YouTube sometimes to get to sleep. I have never heard them referred to as orgasms. People do talk about tingles though.

FaFoutis Tue 28-Nov-17 18:03:55

I get this when somebody draws me (in a picture, not actually on me). No idea why.

garybuseysdentist Tue 28-Nov-17 18:06:41

Yes, I've heard of drawing triggers. Also when they are being helped with something like homework or a similar project.

MissionItsPossible Tue 28-Nov-17 18:08:38

I experience this all the time and have done from when I was younger and can do it to myself, to the point where I think that it's probably not the same thing as everyone is talking about! I'm too lazy to look into it though

DailyMailReadersAreThick Tue 28-Nov-17 18:10:22

I can't stand the "brain orgasm" descriptor, which was made up by a journalist. As you point out, ASMR is nothing like an orgasm and isn't sexual in any way.

(Also, in before someone comes along to say they don't experience ASMR so it must be made up! grin)

I discovered ASMR on YouTube about 10 years ago. My earliest memories of it are teachers working 1:1 with me, and the optician talking softly to me as she asked me to read out letters etc. My mum commented that I must really want glasses because of how often I wanted to go to the optician. I also couldn't understand why anybody was afraid of the dentist when I found my visits so relaxing.

I also had a boss with a strong accent and when we spoke for any length of time, I'd nearly always start yawning because I was so relaxed from ASMR. I think he thought I had an illness.

Nuffaluff Tue 28-Nov-17 18:10:28

That thing you used to do at school where they draw round your hand.

roconnell Tue 28-Nov-17 18:11:03

I have felt something I assume is similar to this when I got Firsts in my uni essays. For a while I got quite addicted to seeing figure 70% plus. Just a feeling of europhia. Does that count?

FaFoutis Tue 28-Nov-17 18:14:08

I don't think so roco. Its more like when your eyes go unfocused.

DailyMailReadersAreThick Tue 28-Nov-17 18:14:55

That doesn't sound like ASMR roco

garybuseysdentist Tue 28-Nov-17 18:19:29

roco, it's more of a hypnotic or trance like state, I don't think yours applies.

GallicosCats Tue 28-Nov-17 18:22:47

I get a kind of thrill going through me at things like a book I'm really looking forward to reading or a friend I haven't seen for ages. It's more excitement than relaxation though, and weirdly I get a tingly feeling concentrated in my left pinkie. I was once told by the GP dad of a friend that this had something to do with the oxygen levels in my blood being heightened.

hooochycoo Tue 28-Nov-17 18:23:42

I get this and have done all my life. I call it a tingly headache. It's like goosebumps in the brain.

MissionItsPossible Tue 28-Nov-17 18:47:21

I was really unsure whether it was this or not or whether I was just making myself purposely 'shivery' so I googled 'can you make yourself shiver down your spine' and got this link:

If nobody wants to click on it I will post what the OP posted and see if it sounds like it. I am not the OP and that is a post from 2013 looking at the date but it sounds a lot like how I feel:

I just wanted to make a thread about this to see if there were others here who could do it too? I'm not to sure what it is and i have looked around but it seems to be pretty vague anyways i will continue. There are sensations i can feel at the base of my skull that i can force down and send shivers throughout my body. It can be pulsed in intervals. There's no pain and its not constant. I'm saying i can force the sensation of shivers manually. And i have never been in a car accident lol or anything or the sort. Never broken a bone. Its not pain lol. I'm saying that sensation of goosebumps i can lock onto it and amplify it

Some of the responses agree it may be ASMR. Is that the sort of feeling it is?

QueenNovo Tue 28-Nov-17 18:48:22

I love the ASMR Darling channel on YouTube. I always fall asleep really quickly if I watch right before bedtime.

MissionItsPossible Tue 28-Nov-17 18:48:39

I should add that I physically produce goosebumps doing it a lot in a row.

Ttbb Tue 28-Nov-17 18:50:07

Like all the time from music, looking at stuff, reading really good passages in books, sometimes opening credits to tv shows (Poldark blush). Didn't realise that it was unusual/had a name.

DailyMailReadersAreThick Tue 28-Nov-17 18:51:05

Is that the sort of feeling it is?

Not for me, and I've never heard of someone being able to pulse the tingles deliberately (I'm in a few ASMR communities where we share experiences). It's a very pleasant, relaxing feeling, rather than just not-painful. I wouldn't say goosebumps are pleasant?

It's tricky because, obviously, none of us can feel what others are experiencing, and there is no scientific definition of ASMR yet. It's not really possible to say what is and isn't ASMR.

Frouby Tue 28-Nov-17 18:52:18

Sounds like the rushes you get coming up on ecstasy. It starts at the base if your skull then radiates down your body in waves.

Would love to have a non illegal drugs trigger for it!

BeetrootTart Tue 28-Nov-17 18:54:39

Yeah, I've had this since I was a child.

I hate that people give it sexual connotations. It's not remotely erotic, despite what some youtubers put out there...

My biggest trigger was always checking books in and out at the library. Crinkly book covers, the scanny stamp gun, ink stampers and typing... That and the sound of hairdresser scissors.

I tend to get it when people are doing quiet things requiring concentration. Cleaning something, sorting something etc.

Mouth sounds and eating sounds give me the absolute rage though.

Walkacrossthesand Tue 28-Nov-17 18:55:42

I think I get it when having a scalp massage eg at the hairdressers. Absolutely delicious feeling - I didn't know it had s name!

BeetrootTart Tue 28-Nov-17 18:57:31

Yes to whoever said teachers! Chalk on chalk board. But the chalk had to be quite hard for there to be small tappy sounds. Soft chalk is useless.

I was very sad when they started using flip charts.

ninnypoo Tue 28-Nov-17 19:00:59

I have had it since I can remember but it tends to be 'triggered' when people are being unintentionally relaxing- people doing it on purpose don't have the same effect!

For me it feels like the tickly tingly head feeling you get when you sneeze but stronger- sometimes it travels down my body too.

Be3Al2Si6O18 Tue 28-Nov-17 19:03:06

When I was on steroids successfully recovering from near death. Everything was crystal clear, emotions, other people's body language, potential outcomes. Every situation for several months played out as if I was ahead of the game, ahead of everyone else. My decisions fell into immaculate place - it was as if I controlled everything on my terms. It was amazing, And brought me great riches in all ways. Sadly the steroids had to be weaned away.

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