Current biopsychosocial science on understanding kink

Exploring Kink Through the Lens of Modern Biopsychosocial Science: A Comprehensive Understanding

The study of kink, also known as BDSM, has seen a significant increase in interest and research in recent times. This article aims to give an overview of the current landscape of kink research. It covers a range of topics including how common kink is, the discrimination and negative stereotypes people in the kink community face, and important discoveries from biological, psychological, and social studies. It also discusses issues that come up in clinical settings and points out directions for future research.

Instead of viewing kink through a lens that suggests psychological problems, this paper suggests other frameworks that might be more appropriate. These include theories about minority stress, engaging in activities for serious leisure, sexual orientation, personal growth, and the pursuit of intense experiences.

Research in this area has uncovered several interesting findings. People who engage in kink tend to seek out new and intense sensations. Participating in kink activities can lead to a state of flow and a temporary reduction in the activity of the prefrontal cortex of the brain. The kink community is diverse, with a wide range of genders, sexual orientations, and types of relationships. Additionally, individuals in the kink community may face higher levels of stress related to being in a minority group, which can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Keywords: BDSM, Kink, Serious leisure, Sexual Minority.