According to a new study that was published recently in the Journal of S*xual Medicine, people who are into “kinky” s*x such as bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism (BDSM) may be healthier psychologically than those who aren’t.
The study followed 902 people who were into BD.SM and 434 who were more “normal” about their s*xual preferences. They each filled out questionnaires about their sensitivity to rejection, general well-being, personality, and what style of attachment they form in relationships. It was a blind study as those who were filling out the survey had no idea what the purpose was.
Previously it had been thought that BD.SM resulted in more abuse and [email protected] cases (which research has shown to be false), but this recent study showed that people who had some k!nky tendencies in the bedroom actually score higher on some of the mental health indicators than others. They were found to be more secure in relationships, less neurotic, and had a better sense of well-being overall.
Andreas Wismeijer, a psychologist at Nyenrode Business University, says that the reason that BD.SM people may have better mental health is because they are not afraid to communicate their desires to their partner. He also says that they have had to do more work psychologically to accept the fact that they are into something that is often considered taboo to the rest of society.
While this doesn’t necessarily indicate that everyone who is into BD.SM is mentally fit, it does give a unique new perspective into something society deems off limits. BD.SM is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as “paraphilia”. People who engage in different fetishes have been arguing to have it removed for years and perhaps this new research will help back them up.