Mental Health : The Common Misconceptions About Bdsm Practitioners

1454 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
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Mental Health
One of the most common misconceptions about BDSM practitioners is that these individuals are psychologically disturbed. Through symbolic interaction it can be understood that the general public perceives BDSM practitioners as deviant and mentally ill. BDSM practitioners are portrayed to have a lot of emotional baggage; therefore, to non practicing individuals, people who practice BDSM have major psychological issues. Due to this misinformation, the general public has created a negative image of the BDSM practitioners, and this image has lead the general public to fear BDSM. However, it is important to note that BDSM is not rooted from abuse or domestic violence, nor does participating in BDSM mean that one enjoys receiving abuse or abusing. According to Holt’s (2015), when it came to the question concerning the stereotype that BDSM practitioners had been abused in the past, several did report history of abuse during childhood and young adulthood. However, Holt (2015) noted that several participants expressed mixed emotions when asked about one’s history of abuse that ties with one’s participation in BDSM. In contrary to common belief, people who practice BDSM are as psychologically healthy as the general population. In a cross-sectional study conducted in the Netherlands, 902 individuals who practice BDSM were recruited, and compared to 434 control participants who had absolutely no experience with BDSM (as cited in Lehmiller). The participants filled…
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