Between Pleasure and Pain: A Pilot Study on the Biological Mechanisms Associated With BDSM Interactions in Dominants and Submissives.

  title={Between Pleasure and Pain: A Pilot Study on the Biological Mechanisms Associated With BDSM Interactions in Dominants and Submissives.},
  author={Elise Wuyts and Nele De Neef and Violette Coppens and Erik Fransen and Eline Schellens and Maarten Van Der Pol and Manuel Morrens},
  journal={The journal of sexual medicine},
The Psychology of Kink: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study Investigating the Roles of Sensation Seeking and Coping Style in BDSM-Related Interests
Compared to controls, BDSM practitioners reported significantly higher levels of sensation seeking for all dimensions (experience seeking, thrill seeking, and distraction seeking), as well as the use of more active coping skills such as problem solving and taking action.
Sexual Violence and Trauma in Childhood: A Case Report Based on Strategic Counseling
The story of a 17-year-old adolescent, Sara, involved by her mother in a strategic counseling process, to solve BDSM-type sexual addiction (slavery and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism), self-aggressive behavior, and alcohol abuse issues is shown.
The Biology of BDSM: A Systematic Review


No Pain , No Gain ? : Therapeutic and Relational Benefits of Subspace in BDSM Contexts
The experiencing of subspace (i.e., an altered psychological, emotional, and/or physiological state) is somewhat common among individuals who identify as masochists and submissives within the Bondage
A Survey on BDSM-related Activities: BDSM Experience Correlates with Age of First Exposure, Interest Profile, and Role Identity
The authors' data indicate BDSM interest is a sexual preference already manifesting at early age, with role identification profiles becoming gradually more pronounced based on the practitioner’s contextual experience.
Hormonal Changes and Couple Bonding in Consensual Sadomasochistic Activity
Increases in relationship closeness combined with the displays of caring and affection observed as part of the SM activities offer support for the modern view that SM, when performed consensually, has the potential to increase intimacy between participants.
Extreme rituals in a BDSM context: the physiological and psychological effects of the ‘Dance of Souls’
Results suggest that this group of BDSM practitioners engage in the Dance for a variety of reasons, including experiencing spirituality, deepening interpersonal connections, reducing stress and achieving altered states of consciousness.
Addicted to Pain: A Preliminary Model of Sexual Masochism as Addiction
  • H. Kurt, N. Ronel
  • Psychology
    International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
  • 2017
A preliminary model of addiction to physical pain in light of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5) definition of substance-related and addictive disorders and the behavioral spin theory is presented.
A “Different Economy of Bodies and Pleasures”?: Differentiating and Evaluating Sex and Sexual BDSM Experiences
The analysis suggests that many BDSM participants perceive sexual BDSM experiences as not only significantly different from but also better than mainstream or “vanilla” sex.