A new study conducted by the Journal of Sexual Medicine indicates that people who like to incorporate some BDSM into their lives are less likely to suffer from mental health problems. Of course, correlation doesn’t mean causation, but if you’re into foot fetish or love to engage into some electrosex action, you might have one less thing to worry about.
This study included 1336 people, of which 902 liked BDSM and 434 people who liked regular “vanilla” sex. Everyone was given out special questionnaires that were able to access general well-being of a person, their personality, how sensitive they are to rejection, and what type of attachment to they form in their relationships. Most importantly, the participants themselves didn’t know what they were tested for; therefore, they couldn’t consciously affect the end results.
In the past, there was a belief that people, who went through childhood abuse, were raped, or those with mental disorders, were also more likely to enjoy fetish role play. This new study, however, shows the opposite.
Kinky people actually score better in mental health surveys than regular people.
Thus, if you’re a Dom looking for a slave or Sub looking for a master, then chances are that you’re much more “normal” than your not-so-kinky friends.
The actual reason why people in the BDSM community score better on such surveys is quite similar to the reason why vegans are less likely to suffer from obesity. It’s not that meat causes obesity; it’s because people who adopt a vegan life-style are more likely to watch their diet and eat healthy food. Similarly, BDSM-friendly people are usually more open about their sexual desires and are more likely to communicate freely with their partner. This can greatly reduce stress and lead to a relationship that is much healthier and more stable.
It should be noted that these findings cannot really be applied to the general population because fetish-friendly people were not chosen at random, but rather came as volunteers. Nevertheless, this research shows that kink was rightfully removed from DSM-V as a paraphilia, just like general identity disorder (transsexualism) was reclassified as gender dysphoria.
For years, people from fetish communities tried to tell the world that harmless sexual preferences shouldn’t be placed next to serious mental disorders and their voices were finally heard.