Music is an amazing tool for both our emotions and consciousness. How many times have you tried to find the perfect song to match what you were feeling that day? The right song at the right time can create a magical feeling not even words can describe. Music can lift us up, it can give us visions of hope and intense realizations; yet it can also make us melancholy, reflective and deeply sad depending on what we listen to.
Music, if we allow it, is almost like a dictator of our emotions. Those goosebumps you get on your arms when you listen to the perfect song is called frisson, French term meaning aesthetic chills. It can feel like a wave of joy running through you. This has actually been called a “skin orgasm” by researchers.
The trigger of frission can happen when you’re looking at beautiful art, watching a scene in a movie or creating a connection between another person. Around two thirds of the population feels the sensation of frission; but why do some experience it and others don’t?
This is incredibly interesting: research over the past five decades have indicated that frission happens as an emotional reaction to an unexpected stimuli. It is usually something like music that we expect to sound different than it does.
A perfect example of this is seeing someone go on stage and start singing in a opera beautiful voice, something you were definitely not expecting. This intense and unexpected stimuli makes us react in a more emotional way, for that is our natural state of expressing ourselves. Continue reading