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Tingle Tuesday: Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR can be pre-ordered on Amazon NOW!

I’m telling you…it pays to Google yourself every once in a while! You never know what you may find. Today, I was looking to update my author page over at Amazon and lo and behold I not only found out that my latest release, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Catholicism has three 5-Star reviews (from people I don’t know, even!) but I saw the pre-order page for The Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR! As promised it is coming May 5th and I can’t tell you how excited I am about this! No doubt we will be putting together a launch party here in Indianapolis for the book and I hope all of my Indiana tingle heads will join me for what is sure to be a fun gathering of minds! It is possible that I will be having some ASMR demonstrations at the event as well!

ASMR Cover OFFICIAL     So…here is the description as written on the preview page: ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and it’s a relaxed, tingling feeling that many people report having as a response to particular stimuli, such as close personal attention, tapping, or whispering. Although its experiencers say they have been aware of the sensation all their lives, it has only recently come together as a public phenomenon thanks to YouTube, where ASMRtists now post thousands of videos that simulate the ASMR experience and help viewers fall asleep when no other remedies work. The ASMR community is generous and connected, and often viewers will become content producers themselves in an effort to give back to those who have helped them.

Pretty cool huh? I really like the cover as well. I was really partial to the swirly design because for me, the tingles do not feel like shocks but a warm fuzzy feeling that swirls around me and I like the fact that the swirls seem to start in the eye, based on what someone is watching and then move into the brain. I really hope you all like it as well!

So my question to you all is, if you could have a three-minute personal ASMR session, would you sign up for something visual like towel folding? Something audio-based such as whispering, tapping or scratching or something tactile such as hair brushing, a hand massage, makeup brushes on your face or a few rounds of the Alphabet Game?


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Tingle Tuesday: General Update and Thank Yous

ASMR    Hey Everyone!

I am so sorry that I have been so bad at posting (I say that every time though, don’t I?) but I have been hard at work on the edits for “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR” and I cannot wait to see this book in print! I hope you all will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it and I am in hopes that it will answer some questions, spark a few major scientific studies and help everyone learn a lot more about this phenomenon so many of us experience!

I won’t lie, it has been a LOT of hard work and for my efforts, I managed to give myself an ulcer. How’s that for irony? I wrote a book about relaxation and gave myself an ulcer! But I am on meds, trying to take it easy and still deliver the manuscript on time! I think it is scheduled for publication in Spring of 2015. (As we get closer to the actual date, I will of course let you all know what’s going on.)

So many people have been so helpful in the writing of this book and I cannot thank them enough. There was simply not enough room in the book to acknowledge everyone I wanted to, so I want to thank my family for putting up with me as I buried myself in my office and talked about tingles morning, noon and night. I want to thank all of my friends who politely asked “How is the book going?” and probably regretted that question when I launched into my diatribe. I want to thank Dr. Craig Richard who kindly read over a lot of the chapters and offered his insight into my scientific narrative. Even though I have a bit of a medical background, I can’t thank him enough for the extra set of eyes. I also need to thank Ilse Blansrt for spending hours on the phone with me and becoming like a soul sister to me, Heather Feather for generously answering so many questions, Olivia Kissper for reaching out and contributing her thoughts to the book, and every tingle head who sent me personal messages and said thank you for doing this. I hope that throughout these 270 pages you learn far more than you ever knew before about this phenomenon: what it is, why it seems to work, what is going on in the body at the time of the tingles, why certain things are so darned appealing to us, and how we can use ASMR techniques in our every day lives.

I promise to try and update a little more regularly now that I am coming to the end of the writing portion of this project and I will start offering some thoughts on some of my favorite ASMRtists in the near future and where I think that this art form can go from here. Until next time…tingle on!



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Tingle Tuesday : ASMR Book Update

asmrDear Tingle Heads, Readers and Friends,

First of all,  yes, I know it is Thursday, but I haven’t posted for so long, I am in hopes that you will forgive me for not holding out for five more days.

I apologize for my absence in recent weeks, but I can assure you that I have been hard at work on the Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR. Deadline is fast approaching and it seems like there is still a lot to do. Still, it looks like it will be ready for a Spring 2015 release and I can tell you that Ilse Blansert (who is co-authoring the project) as well as Dr. Craig Richard at the ASMRUniversity are both very excited about the material I have compiled. Dr. Richard has even told me that he suspects this book will be the “ASMR Bible.” (His words, not mine)

So, what is going to be in this book? Well, I don’t want to give everything away of course, but I can assure you it is NOT going to be a book filled with tingle stories or speculative theory. From the time I first heard the term “ASMR” and throughout this entire project I have been driven by one, burning question: “Why doesn’t anyone know what this is?”

Right from the start this seemed impossible to me. Maybe it’s a lack of faith in myself that I could actually be on  the cutting edge of something “new,” but something didn’t feel right to me from the get go. How could the scientific community NOT know about this? When you stop and think about the number of people who experience ASMR and then make a good guess as to what percentage of those people have probably mentioned this tingly sensation to their doctor at some point in their lives, it only stands to reason that someone, somewhere knew something.

So I began tracking it in. There were a LOT of dead ends, but I didn’t stop. The more I read, the more convinced I became that the reason no one knows really anything about ASMR is because they aren’t looking past the surface. They hear about these “sleep whisperers” causing “tingle heads” to sack out by crinkling paper on YouTube and well, logically-if you don’t experience it-  it sounds a little weird. So…..I started breaking it down. I analyzed the videos. I talked to Dr. Richard about his Origin Theory (which, as he admits, may or may not be 100% correct but it’s a really good start!) I looked into sleep, brain wave states, stress, mirror neurons and relaxation techniques.I started finding new search terms that you won’t find in an article about the ASMR phenomenon (honestly, if they manage to get beyond Bob Ross and actually quote a non-skeptical neuroscientist, I’m impressed) I read about meditation, hypnosis, and biofeedback. I learned that there may be something significant about how old you are when you have that first ASMR experience. I learned about neuroacoustics, sensory learning styles, speed, frequency and oh yeah…I managed to even find specific, scientific references to ASMR-like tingles that are NEARLY 30 YEARS OLD!!!  (Believe me, I was hopping out of my chair when I found that!)

While I freely and without reservation admit that I am not a doctor, scientist or clinical researcher…I am the girl who will not stop until I can draw some good parallel lines between what is happening in our heads and what science knows about it. I don’t guarantee much in life, but I guarantee that this book will PROVE that the scientific community has had experience with ASMR even though they don’t know it. In some alternative treatment practices, as many as 15% of patients/clients have REPORTED to their doctor, therapist or other clinician ASMR-like symptoms and yet, it has been roundly ignored. (Chances are, if you asked those same professionals, “What is ASMR?” they may not have a clue as to what you are talking about.) It also occurred to me that since some of these treatments involve monitoring devices, then logically, we have data showing what is happening in the body when the ASMR sensation occurs.

SO, what is the answer to the question that has been driving me all this time? Well, the reason science appears not to know what ASMR is largely stems from the fact that they haven’t been paying attention. I also think that it will take a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to figure it out. At it’s core, the ASMR sensation relaxes people and makes folks want to go to sleep, however- I don’t think that we can simply subject a few people to an MRI and have all of the answers. If I have learned anything in writing this book, I have learned that ASMR may be “all in our heads” but it’s not just a “brain thing.” It is something that is tied to our growth and development, has implications regarding our senses, what we perceive, our ability to empathize, our emotions, and may have application in every
day life.

I hope you will enjoy it.

Until next time, keep rockin’ and tingle on,


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