I'd like to see research on the link between people who experience ASMR and anxiety, because according my anecdata, it may be one of the few upsides to the disorder. My SO is the opposite of anxious, and he looks at me like I'm crazy whenever I mention the head tinglies.
I had a theory about ASMR, which was that it's analogous to the feeling monkeys get when they groom each other (they do it for social bonding, not just pest removal; it releases tiny bursts of endorphins), because it's often associated with grooming or close social attention. I first got it when I was little and my friends and I would do each others' hair or draw on each others' backs. But I always assumed everyone got it and we just didn't have a word for it for some reason. It's weird that not everyone does. Anyway, I got it most recently when I was listening to the audiobook of Sharp Objects, when Camille's mom was doing her whole obsessive nursemaid routine. So that was...unsettling.
Me too. Based on conversations with my friend about her two-year-old, the animals behavorists who place canine mental acuity around "human toddler" are spot on.
My dog's favorite (which also works well for children): "I'm going to get you" (said in a scary whisper, while crouching and waving claw-hands menacingly). Delighted dog/toddler runs away to "hide"; adult goes back to reading magazine until dog/toddler comes back. Repeat.
@MermaidSarah I miss Bargain Bin!
When I was a dancer, discussing choreography w my "boss" after class, she stepped on my foot. "excuse me" I said and moved my foot out from under hers. "no" she said "I did that on purpose. That's how dogs establish dominance."
@Diana I second this idea!!
Aaahhh Operation Smile! Could that be an ongoing feature at the Hairpin? Like once a week show a YouTube video of good people doing good things all over the world? Or could that be a separate post following Friday's How To Spend Your Allowance?
I want to watch this but I'm at work!
A favorite memory of mine: During a company picnic (or maybe a family picnic?), I took a paddleboat out by myself. I went out to the middle of the lake, far away from the noise. Suddenly it started to rain, but the sun was still shining brightly. I looked up and watched the rain falling down, sparkling in the sun. The rain made lovely plip, plip sounds all around me on the surface of the lake, and each drop that jumped up glinted with sunlight. Then, just as suddenly as it started, it was over. Soaked and happy, I paddled back to shore. :)