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The New DSM-5 and slave training and Sadomasochism — 13 Comments

  1. Cuffsmaster,

    This is an amazing write-up on the changes taking place in the DSM-5.

    Definitely a step in the right direction to remove myths and stereotypes, along with discrimination and stigma.

    Thank you so much! I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

    A “happy” slave,


  2. so I can no longer use the excuse of diminished responsibility…damn it..just as well I am a happy slave too. 🙂

    thank you Cuffmaster,,a very interesting read.

  3. @ Cuffsmaster
    Thank you for keeping us informed and giving your views on the DSM-5.

    Many of us struggle with acceptance by others and hopefully the change in the views of the APA will help shape the general thinking about us.

  4. Additional information you may fine useful:

    A study directed by the “Journal of Sexual Medicine”, reveals that those engaging in BDSM may be better off psychologically than the general public.

    Study is by Wismeijer AAJ and van Assen MALM. Psychological characteristics of BDSM practitioners

    The study concludes that:
    BDSM practitioners compared with the control group are less neurotic, more extraverted, more open to new experiences, more conscientious, less rejection sensitive, had higher subjective well-being, yet were less agreeable.

    Scores were generally more favorably for those with a dominant than a submissive role, with least favorable scores for controls.

    I would not consider this a conclusive study but it sure looks good and points in the direction we have always known.

  5. Geez CuffsMaster;
    Redemption at last. Teehee. Thanks for the wonderful article and input. Now when I receive my canings I can say to myself I am alright after all. Oh crap, but there goes the guilty complex that brings on the desire to suffer. Ah heck with it. I can revel in my desires.

  6. @jessyjane “Now when I receive my caning I can say to myself I’m alright after all.”

    Ah that kinda goes along with the idea that bdsm’er want the general public to view the lifestyle as being an acceptable way of life but in the same breath like the idea of being just outside accepted behavior. A duel edged sword.

    Many engage in bdsm in the bedroom and never admit it.

  7. The cane.
    Two weekends ago a Master friend of ours came by for the weekend. Him knowing how much i enjoy the cane, he obliged my needs nicely. He is an artist with the cane, it was one of the most lovely canings i ever had. i have some lovely pictures of my stripped ass. He also caned my mound, which is probably my most sensitive part of this body. Yum, yum. i do so love touching the welts for days afterwards. Yes, as i have said before i am a masochist(Big Smile) He treated Joan and i to a lovely weekend, but a girl can’t tell everything. Have fun.

  8. More than one person has noted that sometimes a theorist (like, say, “Siggy”) will offer a theory that challenges the status quo as a way of working through his or her own issues. Certainly, it can also serve to increase knowledge of the field. Unfortunately, it can also become a filter through which subsequent theorists view things. I believe such can be laid at the feet of Freud. My experience parallels your comments regarding the necessity of negative impact as part of diagnosing a disorder. In my work in mental health hospitals and with my own clients, I’ve found that symptoms are far more likely to be significant if they produce a negative affect on a person’s life. What’s sad about the DSM-5 in this regard, is that there was recognition of this over 25 years ago. One can argue that the changes in the DSM come about as the result of research, which I agree is how it should be. That said, the necessity of change being research based are of little comfort to one whose life has been disrupted by what later turns out to be an inaccurate or inadequate understanding of behavior.

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