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Does tickling when told no have a link to masochism or sadism?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Could be

When someone forces another to submit to unwanted touching/tickling, it can relate to sadistic impulses that aren't overtly sexual.
Impulses to control, dominate, or even hurt others are generally unconscious -- but can be acted out through behaviors such as tickling when the other person says "no." this isn't the same as the perversion of sexual sadism, but it still causes suffering.

In brief: Could be

When someone forces another to submit to unwanted touching/tickling, it can relate to sadistic impulses that aren't overtly sexual.
Impulses to control, dominate, or even hurt others are generally unconscious -- but can be acted out through behaviors such as tickling when the other person says "no." this isn't the same as the perversion of sexual sadism, but it still causes suffering.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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1 comment
Dr. Robert Stewart
I agree with Dr. Pappas. It's not the tickling that's the problem, it's the ignoring of "no." Whether ignoring "no" is related to masochism or sadism is not relevant. It's still a behavior that should not be encouraged.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tickling is good

No connections to s&m! enjoy.
... Less expensive than viagra (sildenafil).

In brief: Tickling is good

No connections to s&m! enjoy.
... Less expensive than viagra (sildenafil).
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Thank
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