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Masochism is the practice of seeking pain because it is pleasurable, named for Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. It may also refer to:


  • Masochism, one component of sadomasochism, giving or receiving pleasure from the receipt or infliction of pain or humiliation
  • Masochism, an aspect of BDSM, consensual adult sadomasochistic activity
  • Sexual masochism disorder, a medical condition in which experiencing pain or humiliation is required for sexual arousal
  • Masochistic personality disorder, another name for self-defeating personality disorder, proposed in 1987 but never accepted into the DSM



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