I have some good news for all those that are into kinky sex. A few days ago Science published results of a study that concluded: “practitioners of “bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, sadism-masochism (BDSM) tend to be less neurotic, anxious, and paranoid, and more extroverted, conscientious, and open to new experiences than members of the “vanilla” general public.” The results of this study were published in the prestigious Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Andreas Wismeijer, coauthor of “Psychological Characteristics of BDSM Practitioners”, put out a call to members of the BDSM community asking for volunteers for a survey; 902 signed on. For his control group, non-BDSMers, 434 subjects agreed to participate.
Without telling his respondents the aim of his study – he merely told them it was a study on “human behavior” – he then asked them to complete questionnaires designed to measure their personality, rejection sensitivity, relationship-attachment style, and overall sense of well-being. The conclusions of all these questionnaires were summed up in the first sentence of this post.
Sure, as the BDSM community is not homogeneous ’cause there are dominants, submissives, and those who enjoy playing both roles – “switches” in the leathery lingo, the results differed a bit depending on the person. According to Wismeijer and van Assen, dominants tended to score the highest in all measurements, submissives the lowest, and switches exactly where you’d assume: in the middle.
However, submissives can’t be treated as sniveling self-loathers. On the contrary. “Within the BDSM community,” Wismeijer told Live Science, “[submissives] were always perceived as the most vulnerable, but still, there was not one finding in which the submissives scored less favorable than the controls.”
Wismeijer admits that his study is not bulletproof. The self-selecting nature of the participants is one cause for caution, as is the fact that it’s possible the BDSM practitioners skewed their answers to make themselves look good. But the fact that none of the participants knew what the study was about lessens that latter concern.
Well, anyway it could be kind of summarized into an equation: whips + clips + cuffs + collars = wholesome ‘recreational leisure’ . Do this and it will get you mentally healthier than the vanilla bonkers are.