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    How About an Abusive Boyfriend to Help You Relax?

    Don’t ever leave them. A disturbing offshoot of the autonomous sensory meridian response YouTube genre has women listening to possessive and abusive digital “boyfriends” to wind down. Like other ASMR videos, their soft voices aim to relax and even provide pleasing goose-bump-type tingles for some. But some have taken a dark turn from caring to possessive, whispered psychological abuse. Listeners likely enjoy the feeling of being wanted while being “kidnapped” or grilled by their “psycho boyfriends,” leaving little doubt of where to go for some “sick” clips.

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