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ENTREPRENEURIAL LINGUIST

By Judy Jenner

W

hen I want to
relax, I usually
listen to some

of my favorite classical
music on the Idagio app
or meditate. I also use
the Calm app to hear the
soothing sounds of nature.
Yoga is another favorite.
I also recently discovered
sound baths (where you are
" bathed " in sound waves)
that feature calming sounds
produced by a variety of
sources, including gongs,
chimes, tuning forks, or the
human voice.
I was hooked on ASMR
the first time I tried it
and can already anticipate
the relaxation by merely
thinking about it. Many
friends and colleagues are
hooked as well. One friend
listened to ASMR before a
big interpreting exam, which

Autonomous Sensory Meridian
Response and the Interpreter
For my first column of 2021, I would like to share something that may
sound strange but helped me get through 2020: autonomous sensory
meridian response (ASMR). Until mid-2020, I had never heard of it, but,
ironically, my twin sister and business partner read about this audio and
video phenomenon in an Austrian newspaper. To say I was skeptical in
the beginning was an understatement, but 2020 was such a tough year
that I promised myself I would try anything that offered what I was
looking for: rest, relaxation, and meditation. If you've never heard of

she aced, and partly credits
ASMR for getting her in the
right mindset.
ASMR involves so-called
brain triggers in the form
of gentle sounds (tapping,
etc.), gentle whispering,
or a combination of both.
Essentially, these stimuli
are meant to produce a
" tingling " sensation in your
brain that causes you to
relax. Just keep in mind that
not everyone reports feeling
this sensation. (Don't worry
if you're in this category

ASMR, you might be in for a treat. It might sound like new age hocus-

because there are also special

pocus, but at its most basic, ASMR is visual or auditory stimuli (e.g., a

ASMR videos for tingling-

series of sounds or softly spoken words) that help you relax and/or

resistant folks!)
There are a variety of

sleep. It's a bit hard to describe until you've practiced it yourself, but I

ASMR channels on YouTube,

will take a stab at it.

some of which have become
quite popular in the past year
with millions of subscribers.
One of my favorites channels
was created by YouTuber
Tingting. She is Chinese

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