The Kinky Brain - The Neuroscience of BDSM

This book will explore questions about kink (BDSM) from a scientific perspective, although it also draws on my experience.

Hyperlinks in the Table of Contents are to drafts of the chapters in the blog. 

Table of Contents

Part 1 - The Basics 

BDSM Explained to the Vanilla

A Brief History of BDSM

BDSM Is Not Science, It’s an Art!

Kinks, Squicks and Kink-Shaming - Navigating Your Likes and Dislikes in BDSM

Part 2 - Sadomasochism

The Art of Bondage

The Art of Spanking

The Art of Caning

Non-Impact Sadomasochism

Hot Spicy Buns - Using Hot Peppers and Capsaicin

Figging: the Kink of Putting Ginger in Your Butt

Playing With Fire

Electricity Play

Choking - How Safe Is It?

Part 3 - Dominance/submission

What Happens in a Dominance/Submission Relationship?

Types of Dominance/Submission Relationships

Domestic Discipline

The Origins of Dominance/Submission

Sexual Service and Domination

Orgasm Control and Chastity

Part 4 - The Neuroscience of BDSM

A Neuroscience Primer

The Physiology of BDSM

Pain Is Not Suffering

The Neuroscience of Spanking

Part 5 - Altered States of Consciousness

The Endorphin Rush: Myth or Reality?

Endorphins and Adrenaline - What Science Really Says

The Neuroscience of Sub Space: Endorphins, Noradrenaline and Serotonin

Altered States of Consciousness in BDSM

How to Achieve Sub Space

Sub Drop

Sex, BDSM and Mysticism

Sadism, Empathy and Compassion

Part 6 - Dangers and Abuse in BDSM

Obligations of the Dominant and the Submissive

Panic Attacks in BDSM Scenes

The Thin Line Between Consent and Coercion

How to Recognize Abuse in BDSM Relationships

Top Disease

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