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Break Out the Handcuffs! Science Says Kinky People Are Healthier Than Their ‘Vanilla’ Counterparts

Good news for people who get off on bad news.
(Photo: Mercury Retrograde)

(Photo: Mercury Retrograde)

Dust off that whip! Despite the fact that the DSM-V has managed to wedge those who practice BDSM into the category of “paraphilia,” or an unusual sexual preference, a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that those with a little taste for kink are actually more psychologically healthy than those who just lie there like dead fish.

Many believe the DSM-V’s inclusion of sexual kinks further stigmatizes them when there is no real evidence to support the notion that liking things like bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism are psychologically harmful. Instead, the Journal’s study found that on average, those who identified as preferring a lil’ BDSM sex were either as mentally healthy as vanilla people, or more healthyAccording to Live Science, kinky people were “more extroverted, more open to new experiences and more conscientious…they were also less neurotic…and reported higher levels of well-being.”

“We did not have any findings suggesting that people who practice BDSM have a damaged psychological profile or have some sort of psychopathology or personality disorder,” one of the study’s researchers wrote.

Still no word on the correlation between fedora wearers and those who list BDSM as an interest on OKCupid, but we’d venture to guess one begets the other.

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