Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response — or “Head Orgasm”

I’m considering running a side column called “Perversion of the Week”. This would be the first entry. 😉

The article above is about the tingly sensations you get when someone is, for example, whispering really close to your ear.

About two years ago I found out that this sensation had a name and then realised I also experienced it when people played with my hair in junior school or when I would hear people type on a soft keyboard.

Have you ever experienced something similar? Perhaps when the hairdresser cuts your hair, or someone else does your makeup, or when someone roots around in a crinkly bag, or when you watch Bob Ross paint, or when the school nurse checked your hair for nits? (That last one might just be me …) If you have ever had those relaxing tingles, you were probably experiencing something called ASMR.

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and is a neurological term used to describe those tingles. It’s a feeling of otherworldly relaxation. It feels like your brain is melting in a good way. I’ve also heard it described as a “brain massage” or even a “head orgasm”.

Some people get the ASMR really strongly and/or more easily than others. And some smart women have figured out how to turn this fetish into an easy buck. They set up elaborate role-playing situations rigged with ASMR triggers, film it, and upload it to YouTube with a “Donate” link. Here’s an example:


I don’t know about you, but I think it’s fucking hot…


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3 Responses

  1. Random fan says:

    Are you intentionally trying to lead a hedonistic lifestyle in order to activate Circuit V?

    Lifestyle design with the 8-Circuit Model, that´s an article I´d read…

    Book tip on that topic:

    • Illuminatus says:

      “Are you intentionally trying to lead a hedonistic lifestyle in order to activate Circuit V?”

      No. I would say that was more my mindset around 5 years ago when I was writing about MDMA and sex a lot. It’s fair to say I got everything I could get out of that experience.

      I’m more interested in the higher circuits now (actually, insight and knowing “Ultimate Reality”, and the higher circuits can be connected to those but I do not limit myself by only staying within the Eight-Circuit Model).

      “Lifestyle design with the 8-Circuit Model, that´s an article I´d read…”

      I think that’s an inherently hedonistic/Circuit V outlook, and might be a reflection of what you’re exploring right now. Have fun with it, it is certainly a wild ride! (Lots of intense ups, followed by inevitable intense downs — that’s the nature of this phase).

      I’m intending to add a full new encyclopaedic section on the Eight-Circuit Model over the next few months. So it will appear as its own tab on the navigation bar at the top, and will drop down with an article on each circuit — with my own definitions, and how to imprint and utilize each circuit. I am only at the stage now where I can write confidently about the higher circuits — potentially a lot more lucidly than Robert Anton Wilson, and perhaps even better than Leary himself…

  2. Random fan says:

    Consider writing a book on the 8CM. Even if it´s only a booklet.

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