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Masochism is the practice of seeking pain because it is pleasurable, named for Leopold von Sacher-Masoch from Lviv. 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 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  • Sadistic personality disorder

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I'm a psychology student, and this topic has always fascinated me. I find it interesting how some people derive pleasure from other hurting them or the person hurting his or her self.

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