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Tingle Tuesday: An Interview with CuteBunny992

cutebunnyI am so excited to bring you a brief interview with none other than Marianne (aka Cutebunny992.) After a recent  post in which I welcomed her back too the ASMR community, she contacted me to thank me for my kind words. Needless to say, I was unbelievably excited and I was quick to ask if she would consider participating in an interview. She agreed and  now, I bring you the transcript of that conversation. Be sure to check her YouTube channel out at:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8HznQu5C61kSH3Q770nRxg

J: How are you doing? Does it feel good to be back as an ASMRtist?

M:I feel so happy and excited the past month since I returned. It feels like I am home, as I love doing ASMR videos.

J: Are you still in school or have you graduated (I believe you were in school for education, correct?) 

M:Yes I am still at school and this year will be my final year of studying to be a teacher.

J: What caused you to want to come back to the ASMR community as an ASMRtist?

M:I never left. I was here every single day but as a viewer. I always loved ASMR videos, so they have been always an integral part of my busy everyday life. One day, I came upon an blog post, by a blogger called Matt Phil Carver. This blog post was about my ‘sad’ story as a youtuber, who got hacked and was a victim of hatred in the ASMR community. So, I sent him an email saying thank you for your article about me. One thing led to another, and through him, I exchanged some emails with Ilse and Emma (WhispersRedASMR). I started talking to Emma more and more (she was so nice and kind to me) and our discussions led me to think of coming back. And so one afternoon, I said to myself: how amazing I was feeling when I was creating ASMR videos, and I want this feeling back into my life. And a few minutes later, I rushed to the shops and bought myself a camera. And this is how everything started.

J: How has the community changed since you’ve been away?

M:It has changed so much. When I was present, ASMR was at its’ beginning stage, where all content creators where trying new things to see what works and what doesn’t. Back then, the focus was mostly on whispering and sounds. Nowadays, it is all about the role-plays, which for me work the best, and the quality of everything has reached a professional level. It is amazing also, how many people watch ASMR nowadays and many ASMRtists are there. It is unbelievable to see how ASMR has developed from a ‘weird side of Youtube’ to an internet phenomenon.

J: What has been your fans’ reaction since your return?

Amazingly positive. I got so many comments and messages of people saying how happy they are of my return and how I helped them, even if I was not here. I never thought I would get this overwelming warm response and how many people actually remembered me and didn’t forget me. it is a very fulfilling feeling for my ‘lil’ me.

J: What do you think about the fact that there is a new ASMR book coming out in 2015? 

M:I believe a book just confirms the massive development of ASMR popularity to our world. I strongly believe that people would be so interested in learning how everything started, the first steps, the developing stages and more. I personally cannot wait to get this book to my hands.

J: What videos are you eager to try now that you are back?

M: I really want to do another version of my ‘Cranial Nerve Examination’. Although there so many versions of this particular roleplay far better than mine, as the ‘mother’ of this idea I feel the urge to do it again with a better camera quality and sound. Apart from that, I will try to stay classical with my choices. People should not expect anything fancy, extravagant or out-of-this-world roleplays from my channel, as I tend to support proximity, closeness and connection in my content. So, simple, sweet and hopefully effective roleplays are my priority. And Greek speaking videos as well!

J: I know you are on PayPal and your channel does have ads included at the beginning, but do you plan on setting up a Patreon account in order to give your “super fans” some exclusive material?

M: I have thought of getting a Patreon page but I would first ask people how they feel about it on my Facebook page before creating it. If I see a positive response then, yes.

J: Do you worry about your channel getting hacked again? (By the way, the person who hacked you in the first place- was this someone you knew in the real world, or a stranger online? I always wondered about that.)

M:I am actually terrified of losing my channel again. This is why I try to be more careful now, with extra security measures and always being alert when talking to people.
The person who destroyed my channel was an online stranger to me. He was just a lonely pathetic person who had a lot of time to spare.

J: What advice would you give other new ASMRtists about protecting themselves and their channels from what you have experienced?

M: I am not the best person to give advice on this matter 😛 . A small advice I can give though, is never trust anyone on the internet. Do not share any info of your personal life or where you live, etc. And the one thing to be careful of, which was my BIG mistake: Do not open any links people send you!

 

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Tingle Tuesday: A “Lucid” Realization

Lucid Dreams        When I first “discovered” the ASMR community, I was amazed to learn that there were so many people in this world who all experienced the same feeling I did…but who all thought that they were unique somehow. See, over the years I have suffered from a number of issues, but being unique is not one of them. I have to be the only Tingle Head out there who honestly thought that everyone probably did this, just no one was talking about it. As I began researching this book, I was convinced that I was going to stumble upon some research somewhere that would call ASMR something completely different and explain the whole thing once and for all.

Who knew? Turns out I am on the cutting edge of something for once in my life! LOL

However, I have come across something that I do experience and that has come as a complete shock to me. The Lucid Dream experience. Basically, the lucid dream is a dream that you are aware of and, in some cases, can control. Prior to learning about this phenomenon (and its connection to ASMR) I thought that my ability to control some of my dreams was a super power left over from my days as a Wonder Twin (long story…but trust me). My family were impressed when I would tell them that I riddled out an answer to some crazy problem in my sleep or had encounters with dead relatives in which they explained things that I needed to know. The running joke around here is that I need to dream of numbers so that we can play them and win the lottery. Sadly…I don’t dream in math.

A lot of my recent lucid dreams have to do with my mother. My mom died 6 years ago and as you can imagine, this was devastating to me. A few months after her passing, I was driving her van when it began to rain and it suddenly occurred to me that I did not know how to operate the windshield washers on the vehicle. I tried everything that I did on my other car, but to no avail. I went to sleep that night and during my dreams, I was riding in the car with my mom when she made the car do the very thing that I couldn’t figure out.

“Hey, how did you do that?” I asked.

She looked amused. “You mean I never showed you that?”

“No!” I replied.

While I didn’t see exactly what she did, I saw where she moved her hand and the next day while taking my son to school. I reached around and found the mechanism that operated this feature.

“Hey, how did you do that?” he asked.

“Do what?” I asked, knowing full well what he meant.

“Make the windshield washers work,” he said.

I shrugged. “Oh that….well, grandma showed me what to do last night.”

The boy looked at me like I had lost my mind. “Um Mom…grandma died.”

“Yes, I know that,” I told him.

“So how could she show you anything?”

I shrugged again and turned on the turn signal. “She did it in a dream I had last night and I asked her about it.”

While I would like to believe that what I experienced was something “transcendent,” all evidence suggests that it was a lucid dream, one in which I was able to kick around my problem, infuse the person who bequeathed me the car, and find the answer. I seem to know when I am dreaming more than a lot of people. I am aware that I dream in color. I have been known to stop nightmares in their track and I have had conversations with my parents that have resulted in a very real physical feeling when I wake up. I can’t figure out if I am excited by this discovery…or a little bummed out.

That’s one of the problems with research. Sometimes you find out things that you would rather not know and in the course of piecing this all together, the things I thought were unique are fairly normal and the things that I thought that were normal are actually kind of unusual.

So the question becomes…how many of you are lucid dreamers and what are some of your more unusual experiences with this phenomenon?

-J

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Tingle Tuesday: One Chapter Down

asmr Hey Everyone!

The ASMR book is going well and I am connecting with some amazing people who are granting me killer interviews and giving me some unique insight into this phenomenon. Later this week, I will be speaking with Dr. Richard at the ASMR University. Dr. Richard has recently published his origin theory on ASMR and I am eager to talk with him about it and clarify a few points.

One of the hardest parts about writing on ASMR is that even though there are some concrete facts about what it entails, is that anything “scientific” is more or less conjecture. I feel that we are born with an inherent desire to be soothed and we rely on our mothers (primarily) for that comfort, but I don’t know to what extent that it results in an ASMR experience. Personally, I did not get the tingles from listening to my mother. I was essentially ASMR immune to the sound of her voice, but there were other people who could say or do the same things that she did and I would relax immediately. Weird huh?

I would be very curious in finding out if there is a typical age that the “tingles” emerge in those who have experienced ASMR from a young age. I have heard more than one person refer to middle school which makes me wonder if ASMR heightens with the onset of puberty. (But again, I am only guessing.) I have also recently began to wonder if ASMR is something that can be trained and developed like body building.

Ever since I discovered ASMR videos on the web, I have noticed that I have a lot more triggers than I “thought” I did but I don’t know if that is because I find the specific action soothing or if it is the person’s voice. I can say though that I am getting better at finding videos that tend to work and to put myself in the right state of mind to encourage the ASMR experience to occur. I wonder if anyone else has noticed that?

Well I’ve rambled enough for one week. Remember, if you are a tingle head or ASMRtist who is interested in helping out with this project, please drop me a comment and let me know how to get in touch with you. In the mean time, keep rocking’

Julie

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