BDSM: who does it and is it worth trying

Jun 17 2019 05:02 PM
BDSM: who does it and is it worth trying

Harsh sexual practices are often considered a perversion, and their supporters are often people with mental disabilities. But recently, science has cast doubt on these theses. We found out whether the unhealthy supporters of BDSM and what benefits they get from this kind of relationship.

What is BDSM

The abbreviation BDSM stands for:

DB - bandage, and discipline;
DS - dominant and submissive (domination and submission);
SM - sadomasochism.

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Thus, in general, sexual practices based on the exchange of power and associated with deprivation of mobility, causing pain and humiliation fall under BDSM. Everything is not necessary at once, but one condition is always fulfilled: the listed actions are voluntary.

Hence the question that concerns many people: who in their right mind would agree to humiliation and torture?

Deviation or not?

In accordance with the current International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), sadomasochism is considered a disorder of sexual preference (it is included in the list of mental and behavioral disorders). But modern research increasingly indicates that people practicing BDSM do not have any special problems with the psyche.

In particular, the studyPsychological Functioning of Bondage / Domination / Sado-Masochism (BDSM) Practitioners2006 showed that BDSM practitioners suffered from depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic disorders, as well as psychological sadism and masochism no more than others. True, the indicators of narcissism and symptoms of dissociative disorders in this group were above average.

Nevertheless, the psychologist Pamela Connolly (Pamela Connolly), who conducted the study, concluded: the opinion that psychopathology is the basis of the BDSM practice is controversial.

Large-scale study demographics and psychosocial features of participants in bondage and discipline, "sadomasochism" or dominance and submission (BDSM): data from a national survey 2008, spent in Australia, was to find out whether the addiction to BDSM is connected with past sexual coercion, as well as other sexual or psychological problems. But this time the connection has not been established.

Scientists have concluded that BDSM is just a sexual interest or a subculture, the majority of whose adherents were not victims of violence and did not experience problems in “normal” sex.

More recent researchPsychological characteristics of BDSM practitioners, published in 2013, set out to determine what the main psychological characteristics of practicing BDSM. It turned out that in comparison with the others they had even more favorable indicators.

For example, these people were less neurotic, more open to new experiences and prone to extraversion, and also felt more prosperous than members of the control group. They still managed to reveal one drawback: they were less compliant. It should be noted that the indicators of dominants, as a rule, were better than those of submissives. And yet, scientists have concluded that BDSM practices should not be viewed as a way of manifesting psychopathology.

From all this, of course, it does not follow that it is BDSM that makes people happy or open. What is the effect of the practice, the following study showed.

What are the advantages of BDSM

American scientists found outConsensual BDSM Facilitates Role-Specific Altered States of Consciousness: A Preliminary Study that people involved in BDSM decreases the level of psychological stress improves mood and increases sexual arousal.

But perhaps their most interesting find is that practitioners enter a state of altered consciousness.

True, the feelings of dominants and submissives are different. The former fall into a pleasant state of complete concentration on the process and loss of self-awareness (due to merging with the activity). It can be compared with the flow condition described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The latter, on the contrary, feel complete relaxation, peacefulness and a sense of life in the present moment.

In his article for The Guardian, study author Brad Sagarin (Brad Sagarin) notedNever tried BDSM? Go on, it's good for you: these states are similar to what in BDSM is called topspace and subspace.

Should I try BDSM

The described effects are difficult to refuse to appeal. Does this mean that you immediately need to take up the whip?

Of course no. It should be understood that people already practicing BDSM take part in the research. That is, most likely, a positive effect arises from those who are initially interested in this kind of sexual interaction. Another thing, if you have the appropriate desires or fantasies. Then there is a reason to think about their implementation.

At the same time, it is necessary to remember an important condition: the consent of the partner. Many practitioners note that BDSM enhances intimacy and trust in a couple. However, this is possible only if people stipulate the boundaries of what is permitted in advance and do not violate them.

And the last significant moment. If you're just planning to plunge into the world of new pleasures, start with something simple and relatively safe: light slaps or simple bindings. So you will have the opportunity to understand how interesting all this is to you and whether you need to move on. But at the same time to avoid unnecessary physical and mental injuries.

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