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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Study Finds BDSM Is Good For Your Mental Health


Scientists have discovered that although BDSM practitioners may on occasion have actual sticks up their asses, as seen here, they are less likely than vanilla folks to have metaphorical sticks up their asses. Maybe it's the vibrators! Image source: Hogtied.com.

The online journal Livescience has reported on a study conducted by psychologists at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, which finds that BDSM practitioners are mentally healthier than the sexually vanilla. In the study, 902 BDSM practitioners and 434 vanilla (non-BDSM) participants filled out questionnaires on personality, sensitivity to rejection, style of attachment in relationships and well-being. The participants were not told the purpose of the study.

The result was that dominants scored highest of any group. Submissives did not score as high as the dominants, but they never scored lower than the vanilla folks and often scored higher.

The results of the study has led to speculation in I09 and other general interest sites that BDSM participants may be healthier mentally than vanilla folks because of the increased emphasis on trust and communications that's generally present (because it's kinda necessary) in BDSM relationships.

I have a different theory, though the suggested theory certainly makes sense -- no reason both can't be true. BDSM practitioners may be mentally more healthy because they have learned to directly confront the dominance and submission elements of their personalities, and to deal with those impulses through sexual play, leaving them less vulnerable and conflicted than vanilla folk with regard to the general dominance and submission behavior that's present in most relationships. Vanilla folks never really deal directly with their dominant/submissive relationships so they kind of blindly blunder around in that respect.

Also, them vanilla folks are CRAAAAAAZY! It explains so much!

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