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109 Post author: Yvain 01 January 2010 04:41PM

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Comment author: giles_english 12 January 2010 09:35:55AM 0 points [-]

Does this liking/enjoying dichotomy explain the various flavours of erotic masochism?

Comment author: ciphergoth 12 January 2010 10:11:16AM *  2 points [-]

Speaking from my own experience, I worry a lot that I'm often drawn to play computer games for reasons other than enjoying them. I never worry this about SM.

Comment author: pdf23ds 12 January 2010 09:48:03AM *  1 point [-]

I think you mean the "enjoyment/motivation dichotomy" or the "wanting/liking dichotomy". Many sexual masochists report a sort of euphoria and dissociation that begins to arise after a certain amount of pain, which would seem to be a positive liking. Many also report a positive thrill from humiliation that might be considered to overwhelm the negative parts of the experience. (I think pretty much all report that if the same things were to happen in a non-role-playing situation, they would not like or enjoy them. But it's hard to test that.)