I remember seeing The Langoliers when I was a kid and it really stuck with me. The character Craig Toomey (Bronson Pinchot) was ripping paper throughout the movie (to calm himself?). I know this has been mentioned in other posts, but I have some new questions about it.
Ever since I was a child, I would experience a feeling when watching instructions, slow quiet speech, or anything with great attention to detail. Two years ago, I discovered I was not alone. This sensation has the name ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). It's a strange feeling that is incredibly calming and can put you in a relaxing trance. (as silly as it sounds) When I would watch Bob Ross, with his slow, calm, quiet voice patterns, and as he meticulously brought paint to the canvas, I would be unable to turn away from the screen. Today, an entire ASMR community has emerged in Youtube. Videos like piles of salt being played with on a tabletop, towels being folded, playing cards being shuffled, all while the person in the video is whispering in a slow, speech pattern are being posted daily. I can completely understand the allure of tearing paper.
Is Craig Toomey displaying what is now known as ASMR? Did Mr. King write that into the story from his own experiences, or is it just coincidence? I think this might be one of the first documented cases of a rapidly growing awareness of a newly claimed biological phenomenon. Am I looking into this too much, or does this make sense to anyone else?
I've always thought this and I'm glad to finally share it.
Hope I don't sound too crazy,