Rena McDaniel, a Chicago sexologist told Bustle that “Kinks, much like like sexual orientation and gender identity, are created through a complex interplay that research doesn’t fully understand of genetics, environment, and our experiences paired with sexually relevant contexts.” Where our kinks stem from cannot fully be explained. Why we are sexually aroused by a color, an action, a feeling, a situation, isn’t always so matter of fact — there isn’t a specific formula or explanation of certain kinks. What we can explain, however, is the way that these kinks make human beings feel.

Researchers at the Science of BDSM Research Team at Northern Illinois University worked with seven pairs of “switches,” a role where the individual is interested in both the top and bottom, the submissive and the dominant.

“Gentle touching and communication to striking, bondage and fetish dress,” were examples of the experimental scenes that 14 adults from the ages of 23 to 64 engaged in during the research. The participants were from the kink-focused network Fetlife  — think Facebook, but for kinksters.

The activities that the participants engaged in produced two types of altered states, as well as the reduction of psychological stress, the improvement of mood, and the increase of sexual arousal. In order to understand the levels of altered states, the participants were asked to give five saliva samples and complete three Stroop tests which involve words and colors before and after the experimental scenes.

 

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How Kinky Sex is Related to Happiness and Creativity by S. Nicole Lane

March 14, 2017