Types of Sensory Perception
It seems there is a considerable amount of understanding today about why some people are more sensitive than others, but not much understanding as to why some of us do not possess the qualities of being sensitive, and unable to experience something like ASMR for example. Therefore, the question is, should a person learn to be more sensitive?
The answer to this question is yes you can learn to become more sensitive, such as we once were in childhood. There are many varying degrees of sensitivity as well as different understandings of it, but primarily we are focused with sensitivity concerning our sensory perceptions. First of all we need to look at the many feelings and experiences associated with ASMR to understand this new phenomena of sensory responses.
ASMR refers to a feeling that is triggered from either visual or auditory stimuli and creates a euphoric or calming sensation in a person more commonly known as ‘tingles’. You can read more in another article about ASMR here. It is linked to many other sensations such as frisson or synesthesia, although these experiences are charactized as slightly differently to one another.
The first reporting of synesthesia was around 1812, but ASMR only began being talked about in 2007. This could be due to the fact that the internet is allowing for previously personal and hidden experiences to come to general awareness. Synesthesia and ASMR do seem to be one of the same kind. Although synesthesia is not a new discovery, it does link to ASMR which is a new concept to many of us and can be further understood as a development of our senses. It is about exploring the senses in a dedicated way, which leads to a blissful feeling of relaxation, in the same way that quieting the mind in meditation can produce a relaxed and blissful state.
Imagine being able to hear colours and see sounds, this is what people with synesthesia experience. The person will feel a strong and involuntary connection between the stimulus and the sense that it triggers. This is akin to ASMR since it is triggered by a set of stimulus which produces a positive accompanying feeling. To understand these experiences in their simplest terms we are to understand that both experiences seem to be accompanied with a positive feelings, emotions and sensations, which all seem to be linked to the sensitivity of a person to certain stimuli.
“Synaesthesia is a condition in which ordinary stimuli lead to extraordinary experiences.. Some synaesthetes have conscious experiences of vivid colors when listening to music or hearing other types of sounds. Other synaesthetes experience strong tactile sensations (itching, tingling) when hearing noises such as those emitted by a vacuum cleaner.” – Synaesthesia Research Group
This second experience sounds very similar to what people with ASMR experience, but of course there is a much wider range of ‘sounds’ that trigger these feelings. The vacuum cleaner reference is to the relaxing and calming effect of white noise that some people enjoy. ASMR is more closely linked to feeling something from auditory triggers, but what a person is really feeling during these moments is really the key to understanding all of this. Experiencing tingles from a person making sounds in the right way, triggers feelings of relaxation, comfort and it seems to act as a form of meditation for many of us, which is what makes ASMR so popular since some people have found a cure to their insomnia and anxiety with it.
We are exploring a whole new area of ground here which is very exciting for many of us since we have no idea what our senses can continue uncovering for us. The more we choose to become creative, sensitive and open to the world, the more beauty we find within simple things such as music or a person whispering, which is what synthesthesia and ASMR are encompassing. It could be that these experiences are a new type of ‘sense’ that has been developed within us or at least something we have been reawakened to.
Why some are less sensitive
However, there are those of us who do not experience anything like the feelings described for ASMR. We need to explore what could be stopping us from having these same experiences. Furthermore, how does one become more sensitive to such stimuli. Synesthesia and ASMR can be completely unique for each person, with synesthesia the colours a person may see for one particular song can be completely different for the next person listening to the same song depending on their personal preferences.
When it comes to ASMR, some people suggest that they do not experience ‘tingles’ but they just experience relaxation when watching such videos. It may be the case that some people will never experience these sensations, but I like to believe that they have just not found the right trigger yet since it seems to be an innate experience linked to humans as well as animals. Sensitivity is not only linked to the female or the right side of the brain, but also it can be linked to ancient behaviours of our ancestors such as grooming in monkeys/apes. These social cohesions or bonding experiences make up the individual spectrums of sensitivity in a person. There are many different layers to a persons sensitivity, some of these layers accompany one’s own personal history and memories, some with how society has conditioned them. But the understanding of why some of us are more inclined to experience ASMR, mediation, synesthesia, frisson, sensuality etcetera comes down to our own personal ways of thinking, genetics and our environments.
Much of what we experience with our senses, smell, taste, hearing music, can be attributed to memory and nostalgia. It could be that through these experiences we are remembering something that we already have experienced before in our lives. It seems as though the mind has been recording everything since we were born. When we experience something in our daily lives, it is either reminding of us a feeling we already experienced from our past or it is creating a new memory in the here and now for us to feel again in the future.
As we get older we stop experiencing the feelings and sensitivity that was once present within us as children. Since many of us move away from our parents and have less contact with them, we may even forget what it feels like to be nurtured in this way if we do not share this closeness as much with others. This could account for why some people do not find pleasure or understand something such as ASMR because they are not as open to the experience. As well as this, if a person is closed minded to new experiences and does not wish to deviate from the social norm then it could make it even harder for you to experience sensitivity since society does not teach us how to have real sensitivity and nurturing qualities towards one another.
Furthermore, if a person feels uncomfortable with intimacy or does not wish to be seen as weird when watching something like ASMR then this could of course stop any tingling sensations from erupting. Whenever we experience anything pleasurable, usually this is accompanied with positive thoughts, when a person experiences ASMR, it can be accompanied with feelings of love and admiration towards the person who is triggering our senses in this way. It can also be the case that some sounds which trigger some people to feel good, can actually have the opposite effect on others and make them feel uncomfortable even though it is the same sound. If we begin experiencing unpleasant thoughts from something, it can program our minds to no longer enjoy that sound. For instance, if you hear your alarm going off go off in the morning, which reminds you of the job you hate but have to get up for, your mind is going to automatically attribute this feeling to that sound again in the future.
This is similar to the understanding of misophonia which is what some people experience as being the opposite to pleasurable feelings from ASMR. Misophonia is the hatred of certain sounds which can cause negative emotions or thoughts, this could be another reason some people do not enjoy ASMR as they are dispositioned to not like certain sounds either from memory or personal preference. Therefore, it is just about a person finding the right sounds to relax and meditate to such as nature sounds and avoiding the sounds which cause unease.
There are many reasons for a person to not be as sensitive as others, or to not be able to experience ASMR. These basic principles play a large role:
- Repressed negative emotions from childhood that block you from being more open.
- Programming from society which can keep us in the masculine, left brain way of thinking which makes it difficult to be more open minded.
- Watching too many horror movies, they install fear and take away sensitivity.
- Eating too much meat, junk or processed food. Eating any of these foods can be a big factor in stopping you becoming more sensitive.
- Lack of travelling or reading. Simply reading a book or travelling the world can open ones mind to many different ways of thinking.
- Confusing positive experiences with memories of negative emotions. In order to combat this one needs to practise meditation to forget old thought patterns and develop new ones.
- Use of prescription drugs instead of natural supplements. Antidepressants in particular do a good job of numbing people and making them less sensitive.
Too much of left brain thinking causes lack of empathy and sensitivity. This happens when your left and right brain are out of balance. If you feel as though you wish to get back in touch with your right brains way of thinking or just balance out these two hemispheres of masculine and feminine within your mind, then the information we provide on this website as well as the natural supplements we sell can help you along this process and ultimately bringing you back to your true state of being.
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You can take a look at this ASMR channel on Youtube which gives you spiritual advice at the same time as relaxing you.