sensory feedback

anonymous asked:

You're the best mun, so for this ask, write whatever you want n A n 💙!!!

(ノ*゜▽゜*) Thank you anon!! I’ll just be going over some xeno stuff that I’ve posted before, but newer people might not remember~

-Smell is very important to Hollows. Aside from spirit energy, it’s one of the most essential ways of marking territory and possession. An area that has absorbed a particular Hollow’s scent feels safe to them, as it shows that no one else has been there. However, Hueco Mundo rejects scent. It’s an empty void of sensory feedback, and no smell sticks for long before fading into the white. The result is extremely uncomfortable Arrancar, unable to properly claim their areas or feel safe in something that’s theirs. This is one of the reasons why most of them are so on edge, unable to properly rest because nothing feels safe. 

-Aside from the one used solely for combat, Arrancar have a second release form that serves no purpose but temporarily returning to something like their original form. This non-combat release lacks any special power ups or abilities, simply brings out features of what they used to be. It’s comforting to be able to somewhat escape from the strange, too human bodies most of them were forced into, but the lack of power makes these forms to much of a risk to use for long before the paranoia of attack sets in. 

-Hollow holes and masks are extremely sensitive, so closely tied to the very soul. The void where a heart used to be is a tender, vulnerable area, lined with raw nerves left behind from the removal. The masks are just as sensitive, a physical manifestation of that very heart, connected so closely with the Hollow’s power and form. Damage to either is remarkably painful, and gentle contact so pleasant it borders on it. Allowing someone to touch them would be a sign of extreme trust, given how easy it is to cause pain through them. 

Ideas for getting hand flapping past body-policers

For the hand-flapping thing, I dunno if these have already been suggested or not but here’s some things that work for me. Most of them take some practice to get the feel right.

  • Rubbing my palms against my pant legs or fingers  - simulates sensory feedback of air flowing against the palm.
  • Tapping my 4 fingers all at once on a horizontal surface - simulates the whippy feeling of the fingers as you change direction. 
  • Patting my thighs as I sit - bit more subtle, still has the whippy feeling and the air rush feeling. 
  • Isometric exercises with my fingers/palms - works the same muscles that may be getting restless and making you want to flap. I twist my hands into different shapes as I do it and let myself feel the strain as I try to hold it and break it at the same time. This one is a bit more obvious, but if you do any kind of physical activity, you can just say that you’re training hand/grip strength, because it does do that.

Disguising the stim, as a previous submitter suggested, works, too. Previous poster suggested wetting your hands and shaking off water. If you help with cooking, this works with other cooking stuff that may get on your hands - flour, etc. 

Another thing I’ve done in the past is make an excuse to get away from people and go somewhere alone for a minute or two, where I can flap in peace.