Have you ever gone to the store and as soon as you walked through the doors you were hit with a smell that left you feeling good? Good on the inside and in some cases a feeling that is indescribable. Have you ever visited a place and the view left you breathless or frozen in time? I have listened to music that just sent me into another place and sent chills up and down my spine…I have been left with an overwhelming feeling of wanting to cry. Not understanding why but just knowing that it was either sadness or happiness that I was feeling. I didn’t know exactly why the song may make me cry. Maybe it was the lyrics and I could feel what the singer was saying, feeling their pain, their hurt, their sorrow or their excitement!
In many cases, I would get goosebumps on my arms and not completely understand why. Wondering if I was the only person that felt this way. Watching a movie and getting the same feelings as I described above. A love story that isn’t my story but I feel the emotions of it none the less. You can have this same feeling with people in your life or a person you have never met but are in their presence, eye contact or whatever it is. This is called “Frisson“, a French word for shiver, a feeling one gets from stimuli that doesn’t include the cold. This is generally an overwhelming emotional response that is combined with goosebumps. The stimulation that a person feels is unique to that individual. If you have ever felt this you are among the not so common people. But this means that you possibly have a very special brain.
Researchers from USC released a study that about 50 percent of people these types of sensations when they listen to music. It also goes on to say that those particular individuals may have very different brains than those individuals that do not have the same experiences. As it turns out the individuals that were among this study from USC showed on an MRI that their brains have a much higher volume of fibers connecting their auditory cortex to the areas that process emotions. What more fibers mean is that the two areas of the brain can communicate more effectively. This also means that due to their emotional processing centers which are beefier, those individuals tend to experience more extreme emotions than the others that do not have the same experiences. So next time you have goosebumps while your listening to your favorite song or watching a movie…. keep in mind that you are not as common as the most common type of person.
As always grab yourself a good cup of coffee…. and make it a great day 🙂