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Masochism, Sadism and Sado-Machochism (S.M.) Causes and Symptoms

Abstract: Masochism is getting sexually aroused by fantasies about being humiliated, beaten, tied up or otherwise tortured. Sadism is the opposite. It is commonly caused by parents abusing their children.

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Masochism, Sadism and Sado-Machochism (S.M.) Causes and Symptoms

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Written by:
  1. Wendy Moelker, psychologist in charge of Emergis, Goes, the Netherlands.
  2. Jacob Palme, professor, Stockholm University.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 26 Aug 2008.

What is sexual masochism? What is S.M.?

Answer:

Masochism is getting sexually aroused by fantasies about being humiliated, beaten, tied up or otherwise tortured. Sadism is getting sexually aroused by incurring humiliation, beating, tying up or otherwise torturing. Sado-Masochism is the combination of Sadism and Masochism in a complementary manner.

Masochism and Sadism are often caused by having been beaten or otherwise submitted to sadism as a child. This risk is a strong argument against even beating children.

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