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#1 Nov 28, 2012
Sadomasochism is the receiving of pleasure—often sexual—from acts involving the infliction or reception of pain or humiliation. A subset of BDSM (bondage + dominance + sadism + masochism), practitioners of sadomasochism usually seek out sexual gratification from these acts, but often seek out other forms of pleasure as well. While the terms sadist and masochist specifically refer to one who either enjoys giving pain (sadist), or one who enjoys receiving pain (masochist), many practitioners of sadomasochism describe themselves as at least somewhat of a switch, or someone who can receive pleasure from either inflicting or receiving pain (source: Wikipedia).
Sadomasochism is a psychiatric condition associated with sexual aggression and self-defeating personality disorder.
Because sadomasochism is not well understood, it has been used colloquially for a broad range of seemingly self-defeating or self-inflicting psychological states such as alcoholism, cleptomania, and hypochondria.
Sadomasochism is indeed psychologically interesting, because it is related to how the human mind processes thresholds of pain, flee reflexes, and neglect.
Sadomasochism (often abbreviated as SM or S&M), can be applied to understand differing psychological conditions such as social anxiety disorder, anger disorientation, and cosmetic surgery addiction.
Sadomasochism has been explored socially in soothing Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Anger Management" (2003) and "Small Time Crooks" (2000).
Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?
Saint Petersburg, FL
#2 Nov 28, 2012
I love having my play partner tie my hands and feet to the corners of the bed and be all helpless like that, it takes me to another world. Every touch, every tickle from my partner is amplified like 100 times. S&M can open up bedroom play to all kinds of role playing games and can make "fore-play" last for hours to all day.
Many of the internet sites do show scenes that are kind of brutal and can BDSM look scary but thats not the way most people play. Its loving game between two very close people who trust each other very much. I think it makes a relationship stronger.
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