Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Rathbone, J. 2010. Masochism. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
It is doubtful whether an increased tolerance for sadism and masochism (S&M) in the sexual behavior of daily life has led to any greater understanding of the phenomenon of masochism. A rather simplistic definition in a medical encyclopedia runs as follows: a glandular insufficiency, especially of the gonads and adrenals, demanding the stimulation of pain before the subject is able to react to sexual stimuli.
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