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Pain And Passion: A Psychoanalyst Explores the World of S & M Paperback – March 21, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Plenum Press; 1st edition (March 21, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306437708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306437700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "livany" on November 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was hoping this book would be a little more about the Psychoanalytical theories involved in BDSM but instead this book is simple a series of interviews. Some of the interviews are interesting tibbits into small section of the BDSM world, mainly the working aspect of BDSM. I am not impressed by the selection of people who he choose to interview, and frankly don't think it reflects the life style. It does provide some insight into the life Domme who does it as a job, which manages to redeem it into having some value. Unless you are researching BDSM you really don't have a need to buy this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James L. Park on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Robert J. Stoller
Pain and Passion:
A Psychoanalyst Explores the World of S & M

(New York: Plenum, 1991) 306 pages

An account of the life and work of
"bondage and discipline" clubs in California,
based on interviews with owners and workers.
Interesting raw data for further thinking and research
into sadomasochistic sex-scripts.
Why do some people derive sexual pleasure from pain
(or pretenses of pain) and humiliation?

If you are interested in discovering other unusual sexual fantasies,
search the Internet for the following bibliography:
"SEXOLOGY---SEX-SCRIPTS---BEST BOOKS".

James Leonard Park, author of
Imprinted Sexual Fantasies:
A New Key for Sexology.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Dreyfus on August 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
You don't have to go to New Guinea to find perceptive insights into exotic behavior that heretofore had only been described by Freudian armchair theorists who hadn't troubled to do the field research. Fascinating, dedicated research into a field that illuminates what many of us express in our sexual fantasies (when too reserved or too considerate to actually act on them) if only in an attenuated form.
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