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I just read about this over on theatlantic. I too thought many people could do this and never thought much about it aside from a party trick now and then.
Of course, I was that strange kid that stared in the mirror, poking my muscles around my neck and ears until I figured out which once controlled my ears, then practiced until I could move them both independently.
Anyway, if you need another subject to study, I have very powerful control over my goosebumps. It is more difficult when the temperature rises, but still usually requires only some back of the neck and ear moving muscles to start the piloerection wave across my body.
I'm a 41 year old female who can do this. Oddly, I just figured out I can do it on demand, even in Florida swamp heat. Only discovered because Ive been trying to increase my psychic abilities and it started happening when my intuition was correct about something. I've tested it consistently, I ask if trees have blue leaves, nothing. Then I ask if green leaves, immediate goose bumps. That's only one example, I've tried many different questions, and goose bumps come when answer is yes. Crazy? Perhaps. Confused myself? Yes. Repeatedly works? Yes. In researching this phenomenon, wiki says the more a person has an openess to experience, the more likely they can do this. Coincidence? No way.
I can do the same thing. I have been able.to.domit for as long as I can remember. I can do it at will in any condition. Eyes open, closed, cold or hot. I don't have to think about it either. I just do it. I don't show to many people anymore. I have not personally met anyone else that can control the piloerection. Speaking of erection, it does give me a very pleasurable sensation everytime I do it. It's like a skin or bodygasm. It also feels like I am taking in the energy from around me and moving it through my body. I can transfer the bumps from one side to the other. Like the others I feel it in the back of my head and it expands to my frontal lobe and all over my whole body. It's an intense tingling/ vibration that moves through me like waves. I use it when praying to God. I also see the things I am praying for in my mind and push out my feelings/intent. Mostly I send been out feelings of love. Maybe I said to much. I don't know. I just know that most people are not able to do this and I wonder why. I have been hesitant to talk about it for fear of being poked and prodded or whatever. I am glad there are other people out there who have the same ability. I believe it's something to be looked into and more studies should be done. It's just odd to me that there isn't more people talking about this. There is just not enough info out there yet. I believe its definitely a special ability.
This is a topic I've always wondered about. I can make the goosebumps appear if I think about it too. Even just as I was reading everyone's comments, and with no music playing, I was able to create this. I agree most of the time it starts from my neck, but this time it was starting from my legs. Once it starts, it's easy to produce more and control it. The comment above me is an interesting thought as well. I too can get the feeling from a hot leather seat or something very warm. So it's not just cold or fear as mostly documented. Music is the biggest factor for me. I can have it go through my entire body, sometimes quite strongly and easily. I didn't know that other people can't feel it. Since I got my degree in music, I had always wondered if I could write a song that would produce best results for this kind of thing. What led me to this site today is if I wonder if I were to create this sensation on regular basis, what positive or negative affects could it have on the body. I can only imagine positive things coming from it. Could it help you to not age as fast? etc. I would love to be apart of a study if there ever was one to go on again. firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone wants to contact me.
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