If you’re a frequent YouTube peruser, then you’re probably familiar with ASMR. Short for “autonomous sensory meridian response,” ASMR videos tap into the pleasure centers of our brain using certain “triggers.” It can be anything from whispers to tapping to visual motions that evoke intimate feelings. Not everyone experiences ASMR, but those who do credit the videos for promoting relaxation and calmness. Essentially, they create a feeling of safety and comfort.
The ASMR trend has gained a ton of momentum in the last five years or so, and even celebrities are getting in on the fun.
In this semi-erotic new video, Anderson plays her character Dr. Jean F. Milburn, a sex therapist and mother of lead character Otis (Asa Butterfield). Set before a teal backdrop and at a desk covered in ASMR-friendly objects, she welcomes us to experience what she calls a “braingasm.”
“As a warning, you may be about to experience a very tingly feeling as well as a general sense of euphoria and ultimately great pleasure,” she says, before stroking the microphone.
She starts the ASMR session with “positive affirmations,” another trigger that gives listeners a better sense of self and personal positivity. As Dr. Milburn, she also writes notes, thumbs through a book, opens and pours a bottle of wine, and makes a delightful “ahh” noise after every dainty sip of her drink. If you’re one of the many people who’ve been crushing on Anderson since her days as Dana Scully on
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