A Little Pain Never Hurt So Good? Understanding Benign Masochism

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Benign masochism reveals a fascinating link between pleasure and pain. In “Psychology Behind the Headlines”, hosts Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest Dr. Cortina Peters discuss why some people are drawn to intense, even negative experiences.

Benign Masochism Defined

Finding pleasure in experiences most people find uncomfortable or negative.

The Brain’s Role

Our brains have a complex way of processing pleasure and pain, leading some to enjoy a little thrill.

Perfectly Normal

┬áSeeking out intense experiences is common and a sign of how differently we’re all wired.

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