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SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: ASMR – Using Your Brain & Body Against You

The Following Is An Summarization & Analysis Of A Scammer Manipulative Technique From SCARS|RESEARCH

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In the exploration for the psychological triggers and controls of the Romance Scam phenomena, we have looked at and discussed several different ways that scammers manipulate and control their victims.

These included triggering something called an Amygdala Hijack », where stimulus triggers a deep emotional response and floods the brain with the corresponding hormones, scam bonding », and Gaslighting », as well as others » We encourage you to read the articles relating to the Psychology of Scams » to better understand them and how scammers gain control in the fake relationships that resulted in your scam and trauma.

However, we have also become aware of and come to believe that there is another unique trigger that is being employed by the scammers in their grooming and control processes of victims that until very recently was little understood.

In this article, we are going to explain what ASMR is and how it works so you will have a background to understand how we theorize its function and effect in Romance Scams.


What is ASMR?

ASMR is the term for a sensation people get when they watch stimulating videos or take part in other activities — usually ones that involve personal attention. Many people describe the feeling as “tingles” that run through the back of someone’s head and spine. Others say the feeling is deeply relaxing, and can even cause them to fall asleep.

However, it is also triggered by sounds and even by someone speaking softly. It can even be triggered by attention focused on the recipient.

But wait, the importance of this is coming …

To Be More Technical:

ASMR is “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response” (commonly referred as ASMR) and is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, but it can spontaneously start on the arms or legs or middle of the back. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia » and may overlap with frisson »

ASMR is a subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterized by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin.” It is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, but can also be triggered by intentional attention control.

General Introduction To ASMR Video

The following video completely introduces the ASMR concepts and how it functions in a generalize and very entertaining way, though it does not get into the darker side of how it can be used! We encourage you to watch it to the end!

While the video may show the fun and relaxing aspect of ASMR there is also a dark side.

The Sensation

The subjective experience, sensation, and perceptual phenomenon now widely identified by the term “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response” are described by some of those susceptible to it as “akin to a mild electrical current…or the carbonated bubbles in a glass of champagne.”

ASMR Is Usually Precipitated By Stimuli Referred To As “Triggers.”

ASMR triggers, which are most commonly auditory and visual, may be encountered through the interpersonal interactions of daily life.

Additionally, ASMR is often triggered by exposure to specific audio and video. Such media may be specially made with the specific purpose of triggering ASMR or originally created for other purposes and later discovered to be effective as a trigger of the experience.

Thus it can be triggered by the sound of a person’s voice, what they say and how they say it. It might even be triggered by something you read (see).

ASMR Stimuli

Stimuli that can trigger ASMR, as reported by those who experience it, include the following:

  • Listening to a softly spoken or whispering voice
  • Listening to quiet, repetitive sounds resulting from someone engaging in a mundane task such as turning the pages of a book
  • Receiving tender personal attention
  • Initiating the stimulus through conscious self-manipulation without the need for external video or audio triggers – such as thinking about someone
  • Listening to repetitive tapping sounds typically nails onto surfaces such as plastic, wood, metal, etc. – or rain or breathing
  • Hand movements with a tactile experience, especially onto one’s face – though it can be perceived and not felt
  • Watching and listening to an audiovisual recording of a person performing or simulating the above actions and producing their consequent and accompanying sounds is sufficient to trigger ASMR for the majority of those who report susceptibility to the experience

The result of these Stimuli is that they can induce relaxation, but also place a person into a more suggestive and trustful state.


Whispering Triggers

Psychologists Nick Davis and Emma Barratt discovered that whispering was an effective trigger for 75% of the 475 subjects who took part in an experiment to investigate the nature of ASMR » and that statistic is reflected in the popularity of intentional ASMR videos that comprise someone speaking in a whispered voice. [Watch the video above]

Auditory Triggers

Many of those who experience ASMR report that some specific non-vocal ambient noises are also effective triggers of ASMR, including those like the sound of rain, fingers scratching or tapping a surface, the crushing of eggshells, the crinkling and crumpling of a flexible material such as paper, or writing. Many YouTube videos that are intended to trigger ASMR responses capture a single person performing these actions and the sounds that result. We suggest that you