STUDY: Are Kinky People Healthier?

By: Brandon Voss
6.4.2013

Break out the nipple clamps and furry handcuffs, boys!

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, people who engage in kinky sexual practices involving such activities as bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism may actually be more mentally healthy than folks who don't. Say what?

LiveScience breaks it down:

The new results reveal that on a basic level, BDSM practitioners don't appear to be more troubled than the general population. They were more extroverted, more open to new experiences and more conscientious than vanilla participants; they were also less neurotic, a personality trait marked by anxiety. BDSM aficionados also scored lower than the general public on rejection sensitivity, a measure of how paranoid people are about others disliking them.

People in the BDSM scene reported higher levels of well-being in the past two weeks than people outside it, and they reported more secure feelings of attachment in their relationships, the researchers found.

Fun fact: Those in the dominant role had even higher scores than submissives and versatile kinksters. Does this mean that leather daddy powertops are the healthiest dudes on the gay sex spectrum? Hot.

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