# Frissons on demand

Have you ever listened to music and it gives you "chills?" This response is called a "frisson," a french word meaning "to shiver."

When I want to access certain emotional and inspirationally charged visualisations I get frissons that I can create or stop at will. I practice this exercise when I need a quick energy/mood boost. It feels very calming and relaxing, as if pure wave-like energy is ebbing and flowing - pulsating throughout my body.

$(1)$ What percentage of people experience frissons?

$(2)$ What percentage of people can create frissons at will?

Frisson (French for 'shiver') is a sensation somewhat like shivering, usually caused by stimuli other than cold. It is typically expressed as an overwhelming emotional response combined with piloerection (goosebumps). Stimuli that produce a response are specific to the individual. Frisson is of short duration, usually no more than 4–5 seconds, usually pleasurable.[1] Typical stimuli include loud passages of music and passages that violate some level of musical expectation.[2]

https://www.inverse.com/article/42005-goosebumps-control-voluntary-piloerection

• Hello, brother/sister! I think there are more of us than was originally estimated. The author of the original paper confirmed that multiple people report the same after effects you have. I use the technique to cool down on hot days. I believe the technique can be learned, but it takes some effort to find someone who doesn’t find the idea weird. – Rethunk Jul 28 '19 at 20:29
• @Rethunk Yes I'm sure there are more than 35, but I think I am accurate in saying "about 35 people have been confirmed to exhibit voluntary piloerection in the scientific literature." It's very possible that more people have this trait, but I was talking about the number of people who have actually been confirmed to exhibit this trait in the scientific literature. – geocalc33 Jul 28 '19 at 20:34
• I just found out about frisson. I can move balls of weight across my body. I've had a few incidents of falling asleep while in this state which is scary since the weight dissipates into numbness. I'm so happy to finally put words to my feelings. I just read an article that mentioned frisson. – Nic Nov 9 '19 at 3:21
• As a follow-up: I posted on Reddit with a method that I think may allow others to learn how to voluntarily give themselves goosebumps. reddit.com/r/voluntarypiloerection/comments/f1jp39/… – Rethunk Feb 27 '20 at 0:03