Sadomasochism is a humiliating and degrading form of sexual perversion practiced by those who suffer from emotional problems. Studies have shown that prior emotional, sexual, and/or physical abuse can contribute to a person's need to engage in this sel f- destructive behavior. There are two roles in the sadomasochistic setting. The dominant person (sadist) who derives sexual pleasure by degrading, humiliating, binding and/or inflicting pain upon his/her sex partner, and the submissive partner (masoch ist) who receives this mistreatment, and in the process, claims to derive sexual pleasure. Unfortunately, death has resulted from this form of sex-play. It is my belief that sadomasochism is a dangerous form of sex-play and should be addressed as a perversion that requires psychological therapy.
The author of this article gives her a summary of sadomasochism and debates whether or not it is a safe role playing activity, or a destructive sexual practice.
Question and answer format designed to inform the curious about sadomasochism. This article emphasizes the need for safe practice to avoid danger in s/m sex relationships.
Argues that the perversion of bondage in sadomasochism appears in external realities. The incidence of masochistic perversion is illustrated in the trasference and counter transference processes in analysis.
Presentation that transference often occurs, in that, the patient views him/herself as a victim in analysis and considers the therapist as the inflictor. Concurrently, counter transference can occur. The patient's past experience with trauma and seperati on seem to account for this action.
Results of a study involving six patients who displayed sadomasochism in the sexual forum and/or in interpersonal relationships as an expression of a fear of merging. Subjects had extreme difficulty abandoning the destructive relationships.
Discusses sadomasochism as a perversion. Classifies the perversion from a normal sexual relationship to perversions that are destructive and seen in severe psychopathologies.
Study showing that nonprostitute women are rare in the sadomasochism subculture. It is also revealed that the majority of females (prostitutes) involved in sadomasochism are unmarried and better educated than the general public.
Discussion supporting a contention that all addictions are symptoms of sexual deviations, in which, a person builds his/her own world. Masochistic and sadistic behaviors are regarded as sexual obsessions. Quotes from Dostoyevsky's autobiographical works a re employed to support this belief.
Case report in which a 24-year old woman was treated for perversity in bisexual wavering. Results show that early childhood abuse led to the sadomasochistic enactments.
Discusses the role of disidentification and adhesive identity in perversions. Also shows a relationship between perversion and the death instinct. Uses the death of an artist to exemplify the constant threat of death when perversion is involved.
Explains how social constructionism is related to sexual deviance and sexual perversion. Both are seen in relation to nonsexual and sexual discourse. As society changes, so will the conceptions of masturbation, homosexuality, pedophilia, and sadomasochi sm.
Conference presentation linking sadomasochism with a person's inability to tolerate seperation from and disidentification with his/her love objects. Reviews nine clinical cases in which a traumatic seperation from or abandonment of, a love object, result ed in perversion.
Commentary on a conference presentation where sadomasochism is correlated with the development of the ego in adolescence. Discusses possibilities of encountering this perversion in analysis.
Definition of masochism. Describes the submissive person who accepts torment from another. This is usually in a sexual setting.
Definition of Sadism. Involves the humiliation, degradation, beating, and/or binding, to inflict pain upon another, while deriving sexual pleasure.Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th ed. American Psychiatric Association, Washington D.C. (1995), pp. 529-530.
Lists criteria for diagnosing sadism and masochism as an illness. A clinically significant distress involving social, occupational, or other important areas of function, along with recurring sadomasochistic arousal fantasies are involved in the diagnoses.
Definition of sadomasochism entailing sadistic and masochistic behaviors that are usually acted out sexually.