Kinky Sex Linked to Better Mental Health

Though kinky sex can describe a wide variety of sexual practices, people who engage in BDSM may be psychologically healthier than those who don’t.

What is BDSM?

Kinky Sex Linked to Better Mental HealthThink handcuffs, whips, chains, rope and leather.  It’s sex play in which partners interact in dominant (master/mistress) and submissive (slave) roles.   In many instances props are used to enhance the sexual experience.  BDSM can range from simple experimentation to a complete lifestyle choice.  It is perceived as outside the norms of standard sexual behavior and thus heavily stigmatized.

The Good

A recent study finds that BDSM practitioners scored higher on personality and psychological surveys than their “normal” peers.  Andreas Wismeijer, the study’s originator, stated that BDSM practitioners “either did not differ from the general population and if they differed, they always differed in the more favorable direction”.

Other findings of note;  people who practiced BDSM were more outgoing and more open to new experiences.  They also tended to be less anxious and were less likely to fear rejection.   BDSMers felt good about themselves.  During a two week period, BDSM participants reported a greater sense of well being than their sexually standard counterparts.  In addition, they  “felt more secure in their feelings of attachment in their relationships”

The Numerical Breakdown

33% of men reported being the submissive partner; 48% reported as being dominant; 18% switch roles.

75% of woman reported being the submissive; 8% were dominant and 16% switched.

Why are BDSM participants psychologically Healthier?

Wismijer posits, “They tend to be more aware of their sexual needs and desires than vanilla people, which could translate to less frustration in bed and in relationships.  Coming to terms with their unusual sexual predilections and choosing to live the BDSM lifestyle may also take hard psychological work that translates to positive mental health”.

Source: livescience.com.

 

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