Social Sadomasochism: How Emotional Dominance and Submission Affect People's Lives, 1st Edition

  • Martin Kantor
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  • ISBN-10: 1440863210
  • ISBN-13: 9781440863219
  • DDC: 616.85835
  • 296 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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For most people, a whip-wielding, leather-clad sexual subculture comes to mind when they hear the phrase sadomasochism. But as the author, a psychiatrist, explains in this book, sadomasochism is generally about power, control, dominance, and submission, dynamics that are subtle and pervasive in all of our lives, from home life to work life to social interactions including political arenas. The bottom line: sadomasochism is about the giving or receiving pleasure from the infliction or reception of pain or humiliation and both pain and pleasure can be purely emotional, no sexual or physical context necessary. He deconstructs sadomasochism to show us how it affects each of us, consciously or not, and explains the life phases of sadomasochism, the role early trauma plays in this self-defeating action when it reaches a neurotic level, and the damage it does to individuals, loved ones, and society. For psychology students, researchers, and general readers interested in psychology.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: A Summary.
Recognizing the Elements.
1: Introduction: An Overview.
2: Unique Characteristics of Sadomasochism.
3: More Unique Characteristics of Sadomasochism.
4: The Sadomasochism of Everyday Life: Negative and Positive Aspects.
5: The Fundamental Role That Anger Plays in Individual Sadomasochism.
6: Sadomasochistic Groups.
7: Causal Classification: An Overview of Various Pathways of Development.
8: Classification According to the Level of Psychiatric Illness: The Psychotic Spectrum.
9: Classification According to the Level of Psychiatric Illness: The Neurotic and Personality Disorder Spectrum.
10: Classification According to the Level of Psychiatric Illness: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
11: Various Motivations for Being a Sadomasochist.
12: Comorbid Contributions.
13: Cognitive Causality and Therapy.
14: Therapy.
About the Author.