I'm so glad I googled this..I've had it all my life, and people look at me like I'm an alien if I ask them about it. Right now I'm watching a librarian reshelving books..that really triggered it for me. I get the 'weak hands symptom' too..i'm having some trouble typing ;-)
There must be a name for this. There are so many people experiencing this that I cant believe no one really investigated it.
Anyway, if anyone finds any more information about this phenomenon, I hope they post it here. I'll keep checking.
The most reliable trigger for me is the sound of water; when the plants in the office near my desk are watered, I have to take a short break to enjoy it! I have always assumed this was linked to a memory of my father washing my hair in the bath, which is triggered by the same sound, but there are other ways the feeling can be brought on, such as watching someone trying to fix a PC with thoughtful clicks of the mouse.
Maybe everyone is capable of feeling this, but not everyone takes the time to let it come properly.
Having my hair washed at the hairdresser usually has this effect, as someone mentioned earlier.
I wish I could can it so I could take a swig whenever I needed a lift!
I think I'm gona go to a neurologist and ask, I'm so curious it's been happening since I was little too. Nice to know I'm not the only one!
BTW I'm a caucasian, 21 yr old male
It sounds like people have different triggers, but what most have in common is that they involve some kind of unusual communication. The "guess the letter" game would be a clear example, but also watching someone draw with a pen, listening to someone quietly telling a story, etc.
One theory might be is that it is something like tickling, but for part of the brain involved in processing information from the senses presented over time. For me at least, there has to be unpredictable "movement" of some kind -- the drawing being drawn, the story being told -- as well as a sense of anticipation, a pressing into the possibilities of the next moment.
For me the person must be acting "carefully", with precision. The most unusual time I felt the sensation was when playing a 3D billiards game over the internet. I could watch the virtual cue as he lined up each shot, and as he made smaller and smaller movements to line up his shot, the sensation went crazy.
It would be great if we could discover some other traits we have in common. I have a mild mood disorder, and I always attributed it to that, but it sounds like all kinds have experienced this.
One more unusual idea -- I have the vague memory that many more experiences used to feel like that when I was really little, like 1 or 2. Maybe it's some vestige of an reward system involved in early learning? When I have the sensation I feel this sense of absolute fascination like I'm a newborn or something.
I can't believe how many people have found this forum topic!
I've found what really triggers this sensation for me is watching someone who is intently focused on a task. Whether it's a topic that they're very educated about in which they're explaining it to you, or someone drawing a picture, tracing lines, writing letters on my back, etc. etc.
The feeling is amazing, but is a purely non-sexual feeling for me.
I've been searching videos on youtube and watching certain videos that I've found which trigger this sensation before I go to bed. I've found that this sensation creates an intense level of relaxation, so much so that I can barely keep my eyes open and my head up.
It's funny that a previous poster put a link to youtube regarding make-up tutorials. I had also found that these tutorials do the same for me. I stumbled across a make-up tutorial by accident, and for a laugh decided to watch it and found that it triggers this intense feeling.
Here are a couple of guaranteed trigger videos that work for me if you're interested:
...and this is what prompted me to do a google search, which brought me to this thread. My heart almost fell down to my toes when I read responses from people that were describing the EXACT sensation that I have been getting all of my life, that I also thought was either (a) very normal or (b) that I was the only weirdo who experienced it lol. Reading all of your experiences has been so eye-opening and amazing, and it makes me very interested as to what this sensation could be. I'm a 22 year old female originally from California, and my earliest memories of this sensation definitely go back to my early childhood. I think the main times that I would get the sensation was when I was listening to certain classmates read out loud during class. I remember being so excited when certain classmates got called on by my teachers to read, because I knew they would give me the sensation. Similar scenarios like these have happened all the way up to this day, which is why I have my collection of youtube subscriptions.
Like others have said, it's mainly a tingling wave of sensation in my scalp and at the base of my neck, and it's such a relaxing, comforting, pleasurable but not sexual type of feeling that I just LOVE. I was almost afraid last night, because when I finally gave the sensation some thought as to what it exactly has been all these years, it went away! It was as though thinking about it too much pushed it away. But after a little while, it came back when I was listening to some of my subscriptions. From this point on I'll definitely be trying to find more information on this sensation! Thank you so much to all that have posted!
Here's one that's the biggest trigger for me:
I tried describing the sensation to my wife and she had no idea what I was talking about. Great to hear that others feel the same way.
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I most commonly get it when someone concentrates on something that is mine. But it is not limited to only my things. it just happens most often with them.
Like, someone proof reads my essay in front of me.
Or someone takes interest in something I have, and they examine it..
Totally true! I agree with this 100% This is the most bizarre phenomenon.
I'd have to describe this feeling, AIHO as we like to call it, as a combination of two feelings:
-The tingling sensation given by those spidery metal things they have at the mall ( ***edited by moderator*** web addresses not allowed), and
-What it must feel like to be a warm cat curled up to nap in the sun. It's almost a sleepy feeling in that way.
I experience it most when watching a child with little chubby hands handle an object, especially if that object belongs to me for some reason. I also feel it when someone draws on my back with their finger or, sometimes, plays with my hair.
I also experience it, like some said, when a person talks very slowly and calmly. I remotely knew someone who had mental disability (gosh that sounds terrible) who talked about carefree things softly and very slowly. Though everyone else thought he was weird and annoying (and I kind of did too), I tended to linger around him to get that crazy buzz.
The feeling's been absent for awhile, though the other day a girl nearby was handling a model of molecules which magnetically stick together... I started to get it again! I tried to focus on what she was doing, how her hands were holding the object and feeling/observing it, to intensify the feeling, though I stopped when I considered what a creep she'd think I was if she realized what I was doing. eep.
Let's all bottle this feeling up and sell it. I think we've got a million dollar idea with that :wink: