How Kinky Sex Might Make You More Creative

Research suggests that BDSM can help people achieve altered states of consciousness

Source: How Kinky Sex Might Make You More Creative

In one of the more enlightened (or at least, kink friendly) articles on the association between BDSM and mental health, Steven Blum re-examines an article from this past February’s New York Times in light of a more recent study published in the American Psychological Association journal PsycNET.

Since these articles come out every six months or so, I’m not going to rehash it here; it’s a lengthy article, and well worth the read at the above link. Some highlights, though, for those of you too busy to click the link:

First, the abstract from the PsycNET article:

Researchers studying consensual bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM) have theorized that individuals pursue BDSM activities, in part, due to the pleasant altered states of consciousness these activities produce. However, to date, no research has tested whether BDSM activities actually facilitate altered states. To this end, we randomly assigned 14 experienced BDSM practitioners to the bottom role (the person who is bound, receiving stimulation, or following orders) or the top role (the person providing stimulation, orders, or structure) for a BDSM scene. Results suggest that topping was associated with an altered state aligned with Csikszentmihalyi’s (1991) flow (measured with the Flow State Scale), and bottoming was associated with an altered state aligned with Dietrich’s (2003) transient hypofrontality (measured with a Stroop test) as well as some facets of flow. Additional results suggest that BDSM activities were associated with reductions in psychological stress and negative affect, and increases in sexual arousal. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Okay, those of us with a background in social science get aroused by this kind of talk. Other people, not so much. Let’s move on.

After recruiting a small sample of BDSM fetishists through Fetlife — essentially the kink community’s Facebook — and asking them to recreate a typical BDSM session, researchers at the university found doms were able to achieve “optimal flow”: an immersive, creative state of mind sought by writers, artists and musicians.

Oh dear sweet lord – Fetlife?

Subs, on the other hand, experienced “transient hypofrontality,” an altered state of consciousness that can present itself as anything from a distortion of time to floating feelings, lack of self-consciousness, peacefulness and the experience of being in the here and now. (Bottoms also demonstrated impaired executive functioning after the scene was over, scoring poorly in a word and color matching game called the Stroop Test.)

“Impaired executive functioning.” An academic way of saying “Gives no fucks because I’m just enjoying the moment.”

Katherine Klement, one of the researchers behind the study, told me that bottoms might have more “fun” during a typical session.

“Bottoms said they were having more of the good time on the flow scale while tops were feeling more focused and satisfied from getting things right,” Klement said.

Ssshhh! Please don’t let this secret get out, or the tops will want to start bottoming.

Mrs. Edge has absolutely no desire to bottom. However, she has said that she does get a surprising amount of enjoyment from caning my bottom.

About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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One Response to How Kinky Sex Might Make You More Creative

  1. Mrs Fever says:

    Or perhaps “creative types” tend to get more creative with their sex lives? I get the ‘altered states’ findings, but ultimately the creativity argument turns into a bit of a chicken/egg cycle I think.

    Fetlife though… *cringe*

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