Study: BDSM practitioners “characterized by a set of balanced, autonomous, and beneficial personality characteristics.”

Study: BDSM practitioners “characterized by a set of balanced, autonomous, and beneficial personality characteristics.” June 3, 2013

For people who talk openly about sex (sort of me, but REALLY Christina), we must often deal with the accusation that practicing BDSM or more aggressive forms of sex is the result of poor psychological health or past trauma of some sort.

Turns out, that’s not the case.  In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reached the conclusion that:

The results mostly suggest favorable psychological characteristics of BDSM practitioners compared with the control group; BDSM practitioners were less neurotic, more extraverted, more open to new experiences, more conscientious, less rejection sensitive, had higher subjective well-being, yet were less agreeable.

It’s almost as if suppressing one’s sexual identity is not conducive to being well-adjusted.  Strange…

I have one particular fantasy that I think is particularly weird (though Christina and Michaelyn both assure me it’s not).  Even with women like them, with whom I am completely comfortable, it took forever (and a lot of nudging on their part) for me to say what it was.  I kind of regret that.  I wish I had been comfortable with it sooner.

I imagine most people are the same way, and the that Christianity, with it’s shame on sex in general (even more so for super kinky funtimes sex), doesn’t help people in that regard.

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