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Personality and BDSM: Are They Related?

People who play dominant roles in BDSM encounters tend to have dominant personalities, according to the results of a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study. 

The study included 279 BDSM practitioners. About a quarter played dominant roles, 38% played submissive roles, and 37% switched between dominant and submissive roles, depending on the situation. 

Each participant completed the dominance scale of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) as well as the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), which addresses empathy. 

People in dominant roles were more likely to have higher scores on the PAI (indicating greater dominance in personality) compared to those in switch or submissive roles. Submissive practitioners had the lowest scores. 

There were no differences in empathy scores among the groups. 

The authors noted that dominant personality traits might not always be evident. 

"Although there are differences in interpersonal dominance, these characteristics are not likely to be prominent in individuals' everyday interactions," they wrote. 

Get more details here. 

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You'll find that 2021 has lots to offer!

Check out the links below to learn more: 


ISSM Webinar on Pregnancy and Sexuality 
March 25, 2021

15th Congress of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS)
Aalborg, Denmark 
June 10 - 13, 2021

18th Biennial Meeting of the APSSM
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
June 25 - 27, 2021

ESSM School of Sexual Medicine and Advanced Course
Budapest, Hungary
August 20 - 29, 2021

AUA 2021- American Urological Association – Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 
September 10 – 13, 2021

25th Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
Cape Town, South Africa  
September 18 – 21, 2021

ISSWSH Fall Course 2021
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA 
October 7 – 10, 2021

22nd Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of SMSNA
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
October 21 – 24, 2021

World Meeting on Sexual Medicine
Greater Tokyo Area, Japan
November 15 – 17, 2021

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