Idiot's Guides: ASMR

Idiot's Guides: ASMR

by Julie Young, Ilse Blansert


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Idiot's Guides: ASMR by Julie Young, Ilse Blansert

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. A way to beat insomnia and reduce stress, ASMR is a relaxed, tingling feeling that many people report having as a response to particular stimuli, such as close personal attention, tapping, or whispering. Idiot's Guides: ASMR offers a clear explanation of its benefits, different trigger types, and how to experience its effects. Bonus content includes exclusive interviews with the top ASMR artists and online video content.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615648184
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Idiot's Guides Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Julie Young is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has been seen in a number of publications, including the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Monthly, ADVANCE for Nurses, Catholic Teacher Magazine, and Evansville Living. She is a featured columnist for Michiana House & Home, Glo Magazine, and Young was formerly a writer with the Associated Press, has been a regular guest on radio programs such as Hoosier History Live!, and in 2000, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also the author of numerous books, including Idiot's Guides: Catholicism.

Ilse Blansert is better known to the ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) video world as the Waterwhispers Ilse. Her rapidly growing YouTube channel has nearly 130,000 subscribers and more than 16 million total hits. She has been cited, interviewed, and linked to in most of the recent media discussion about the emergence of ASMR, including the New York Times, Time magazine, ABC World News Tonight, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Table of Contents

Part 1 ASMR Basics 1

1 Hooked on a Feeling 3

What Is ASMR? 4

The Origins of the Name 4

Real or Imagined? 5

Does Everyone Experience ASMR? 7

People Who First Experienced ASMR When Young. 8

People Who First Experience ASMR Later in Life 9

People Who Do Not Experience ASMR 9

Stimulating the Senses 10

The Role of ASMRtists. 10

Not the Sexual Kind of Pleasure 12

Misophonia: The Opposite of ASMR 13

2 ASMR and the Science of Sleep 17

What Is Sleep? 18

Slow-Wave Sleep (NREM) 18

NREM Sleep: Stages 1 and 2 18

NREM Sleep: Stages 3 and 4 19

Paradoxal Sleep (REM) 20

In My Dreams 20

Welcome to My Nightmare 21

The Lucid Dream 21

Sleep Disorders 22

Wide Awake 23

How ASMR Can Help 24

3 Understanding Stress 27

Under Pressure: Fight or Flight on Overdrive 28

The Long-Term Physical Effects of Stress 29

A Community of Support 31

Collaborative Care 32

ASMR: A Symbiotic Relationship 33

How ASMR Videos May Relieve Stress 34

Part 2 The Origins of ASMR 37

4 Meditation 39

The History of Meditation 40

Buddha's Influence on Meditation 40

Meditation Moves West 42

Mind Over Matter 43

How to Meditate 44

Common Meditative Practices 45

Mindfulness 45

Zazen 46

Qigong 46

Transcendental Meditation 47

Kundalini 47

Heart Rhythm Meditation 48

Trance-Based Meditation 49

Guided Visualization and ASMR Content 50

Traditional Guided Meditation 50

ASMR Guided Meditation 52

5 Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion 55

From Séance to Science 56

Getting "Mesmerized" 56

Moving Into Medicine 56

You Are (Not) Getting Sleepy 57

Delving Into the Past 58

How Hypnosis Sessions Work 60

A Typical Hypnosis Session 60

Self-Hypnosis 61

Transpersonal Hypnotherapy 62

Side Effects of Hypnosis 63

Is ASMR a Form of Hypnosis? 63

6 Biofeedback: The Mind-Body Connection 67

What Is Biofeedback? 68

Early Techniques Using Biofeedback 68

Biofeedback Research Evolves 69

Types of Biofeedback 70

How Biofeedback Works 71

Biofeedback and ASMR: One and the Same? 73

Sparking Memories 75

Trying Out Biofeedback Techniques Using ASMR Content 75

7 The ASMR Community 77

In The Beginning 78

A Community Is Created 78

The Whispering Community 79

The Emergence of ASMRtists 81

The Buzz Builds 82

ASMR in the Media 82

ASMR's Spokeswoman: Ilse Blansert 84

Coming Soon to the Big Screen 85

Part 3 Finding Your Triggers 87

8 What Causes You to Tingle 89

Making the Connection with Empathy 90

Finding Your Inner Child 91

Exploring the Past 92

Tapping Into the Theta and Alpha Parts of You 93

The Late Bloomer 94

Finding and Expanding Your Triggers 96

ASMR Immunity: Beating the Buzzkill 97

ASMR Videos to Help You Discover Your Triggers 98

9 Visual Triggers: Just One Look 101

What Are Visual Triggers? 102

How Visual Triggers Work 102

The Perception Process 103

Mirror Neurons: Monkey See, Monkey Do 104

Effective ASMR Visual Triggers 105

Hair Play 105

"Draw My Life" and Whiteboard Animation Videos 106

Aquarium Therapy 107

The Special Case of Show-and-Tell Videos 108

A Study in Visual Mastery: Olivia's Kissper ASMR 109

10 A Symphony of Sound 111

Do You Hear What I Hear? 112

How You Receive Sound 112

Hearing's Advantages Over Sight 113

Whispering and White Noise 114

Tactile-Acoustic Triggers 116

Bilateral Stimulation 118

Neuroacoustics 119

Using Earphones to Listen to ASMR 121

11 The Intimacy of ASMR Role-Play 123

A Rundown of Role-Play 124

The Personal Connection Provided by Role-Plays 124

Salon Service Role-Plays 125

Medical Role-Plays 127

Other Service-Based Role-Plays 129

Fantastic Fantasies: Redefining Traditional Role-Plays 131

Taking ASMR to the Next Level 131

Venturing into Fantasy: Ally "ASMRrequests". 131

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Role-Play Videos. 133

Part 4 Applying ASMR 135

12 Everyday ASMR 137

ASMR: An Extraordinary, Everyday Occurrence 138

Building a Better Bedside Manner 138

Cold Reading 140

Proper Presentation 141

When ASMR Gets in the Way 143

Examples of Everyday ASMR 145

13 Content Creation 101 147

Getting Started 148

Don't Quit Your Day Job 148

What Kind of 'ASMRtist Will You Be? 148

Finding Your Voice 149

Checking Your Surroundings 150

Gathering and Becoming Familiar with Your Gear 151

Preparing Yourself 152

Ways to Film Your Video 152

Behind-the-Scenes Videos 153

Face-to-Face Videos 154

Hybrid Videos 155

Editing and Uploading Your Video to YouTube 156

14 Creating Your First Role-Play 159

Getting Inspired 160

Developing the Storyline 162

Choosing the Right Setting 162

Conducting Your Research 163

Knowing the Lingo 164

Simulating the Sounds 164

Writing Your Role-Play Script 166

Writing/or Time 166

Composing the Introduction 166

Penning the Consultation 167

Putting Together the Sensory Segment 168

Scripting the Conclusion 169

Gathering Your Wardrobe and Props 169

Rehearsing and Recording Your Role-Play 170

Rehearsal and Final Preparations 170

Recording 171

My First Role-Play: Heather Feather 171

15 ASMR Equipment Upgrades and Editing Software 173

Sounds Good: Finding the Right Microphone 174

Binaural vs. Stereo Microphones 174

Power Connections for Your Microphone 175

Best Bets for ASMR Microphones 176

Choosing a Video Camera 176

Camera Categories 177

Some Popular Video Camera Options 178

Lights and Backgrounds 179

Finding Lighting Equipment 179

Backgrounds and Green Screen 180

Finalizing the Production: Choosing Editing Software 181

The Basics 181

Midlevel Options 182

The Big Leagues 183

Editing with Ilse "TheWaterwhispers" 183

Part 5 Becoming Part of the ASMR Community 185

16 ASMR Community Etiquette 187

How to Be a Good Citizen of the ASMR Community 188

Being Supportive of'ASMRtists in General 188

Using Common Courtesy When Commenting on ASMR Videos 189

Making and Taking Requests 190

"I'm Still Waiting": Practicing Patience with Your Requests 191

Being True to Yourself as an ASMRtist 191

Dealing with Armchair Experts 192

Trolls 192

Haters 193

Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries 195

Superfane 195

Information Seekers 197

"Pervs" 198

17 Going Pro as an ASMRtist 201

TheOneLilhim's Advice for Developing Your ASMR Channel 202

Get Inspired-and Get Started 202

Keep Lists for Your Channel 203

Get Comfortable with the Camera 203

Interact with Others 204

To Use Ads or Not to Use Ads 205

Advertising Options 205

What Can You Make? 206

Getting a Paycheck from PayPal 206

Profiting from Patreon 207

Keeping Up With the Joneses 209

Slow and Steady Wins the Race 210


A Glossary 213

B Bibliography 217

C Do-It-Yourself Role-Play Props 223

D Sample Script for ASMR Role-Play 229

E The Top 100 ASMRtists 239

Index 249

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book Julie Young and Ilse Blansert or "The Water Whispers Ilse" have real knowledge on the topic of ASMR. Ilse is one of the best ASMR artists I know. I sleep a lot better now because of her.
LCH7 More than 1 year ago
LOVE this book. Like any good book in the "idiot/dummy" genre, it doesn't actually dumb anything down, it just makes the information wonderfully clear and accessible. The authors managed to put together a text that's appropriate both for longtime ASMR enthusiasts and total newbies. If, like me, you've been eager to see more good information about ASMR put out into the world, you'll find this to be a real treasure.