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The Kinky Brain - The Neuroscience of BDSM

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Part 1 - The Basics 

General Ideas about BDSM and Kink

The Stigma of BDSM

The Ethics of BDSM

BDSM Is an Art

Kinks, Squicks and Kink-Shaming

Why Do Masochists Enjoy Pain?

Why Do Sadists Like to Inflict Pain?

Part 2 - The Neuroscience of BDSM

Neurons and Glia

Synapses and Neurotransmitters

Dopamine, Norepinephrine and Serotonin

Dopamine, Addiction and the Reward Pathway

Norepinephrine and Stress

Opioid Receptors and Endorphins

Cannabinoid Receptors and Endocannabinoids

Social Neuropeptides: Oxytocin and Vasopressin

Pain Neurophysiology

Pain Is Not Suffering

The Neuroscience of Spanking

Areas of the Brain Involved in Masochism

Part 3 - 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 and Breath Play (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Part 4 - 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

The Art of Mind-Fucking

Part 5 - Altered States of Consciousness in BDSM

Sub Spaces in Sadomasochism

Detecting the Different Sub Spaces

Sub Space in Bondage

Sub Space in Dominance/Submission

Endorphins or Endocannabinoids? The Runner's High

How to Achieve Sub Space

Top Space

Sub Drop

Sex, BDSM and Mysticism

Sadism, Empathy and Compassion

Part 6 - Dangers and Abuse in BDSM

Responsibilities of the Dominant and the Submissive

Top Disease

Panic Attacks in BDSM

Questionable Consent

How to Recognize Abuse in BDSM Relationships

Drugs and BDSM

Should People with mental Conditions practice BDSM?

Can BDSM Be Therapeutic?

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