I was looking through my daughter's Internet history and found that she was watching something called ASMR on youtube. My wife and I watched these things and we were totally enthralled listening to someone cut soap with a knife.

And if you're like me last night, wondering what an ASMR is:

Autonomous sensory meridian response, sometimes auto sensory meridian response, is a tingling sensation that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. A pleasant form of paresthesia, it has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia and may overlap with frisson

ASMR - Wiki

I know that certain forms of self-medication including mesmerization and hypnotism could be considered illicit by some Catholic books for examinations of conscience (i.e. handbook of prayers) under the 5th and 8th commandments.

Can the same principles that apply to that apply to this? Is ASMR any worse because it's something that is apparently scientifically designed to produce some sort of a calming response, as opposed to something that is not scientifically designed, like a recording of rain, crickets chirping or whatnot?

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    Gregorian chant can be an ASMR for the soul. When taking a spa massage normally the background music can be an ASMR. But listening to the explanation ans samples videos in the youtube...for me I find it weird. – itzsophia's vlogs Mar 26 '20 at 5:20
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    I believe that intention of the heart is critical in things like this. – Mike Borden Mar 26 '20 at 12:59
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    Can you provide a brief definition of ASMR and also cite the "books for examinations of conscience" that consider "certain forms of self-medication, mesmerization and hypnotism" "illicit"? It seems your question is about the morality of taking pleasure in listening to or watching something. – Geremia Mar 26 '20 at 15:04
  • The first thing to check, as you research this, is for hair on the palms of your hands. 8^D – KorvinStarmast Mar 26 '20 at 15:10

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