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About the Author

Peter Masters lives in Sydney, Australia. Exploring domination and control of members of the fairer sex is a life-long passion. Since the mid/late 90's, Peter has written and published a number of articles on dominance and submission. He also participates in local conferences, and runs an occasional workshop. For a number of years he also chaired or co-chaired-sometimes-weekly and sometimes-monthly-D&S discussion meetings based in Sydney. He is the author of This Curious Human Phenomenon ("An exploration of some uncommonly explored aspects of BDSM") and Look Into My Eyes (a book about hypnosis and sex)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442173866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442173866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Masters was born in Sydney in 1958 and is not dead yet. He first discovered an interest in controlling fine females in his early teens. For reasons probably related to ads on the back pages of comic books of the time his first interest in this area took the form of hypnosis. This was for the totally venal reason of getting laid. It was, however, a surprise that so many women would allow themselves to be hypnotised when the consequences to their nether regions seemed quite obvious.

This interest in hypnosis and sex led eventually, some 30 or so years later, to the book Look Into My Eyes, a handbook for using hypnosis to make sex very interesting based on his experience with many partners and trances too numerous to even guess at.

Subsequently he learned that many women--even some casual acquaintances and professional colleagues--seem to respond quite well to an authoritative stance and many were attracted to this. Thus his entry into the world of BDSM was through dominance and submission and this remains his main passion. Knots and floggers were never a great interest, but if getting close to a naked woman required either then he was always prepared to make the effort.

The exploration of authority, power and control aspects of dominance and submission with partners, friends and others led to a second book, The Control Book, which is about taking, giving, building, reinforcing, relinquishing and losing control of someone. Peter has run discussion groups on dominance and submission, given workshops and presentations on BDSM and BDSM-related topics over the years and, of course, writes the occasional book on BDSM.

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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful By HeroOfThePeople on August 24, 2010
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A few weeks ago my girlfriend, was at a New York City diner after a TES function chatting with some of her fellow kinksters and one of them had a well loved, dog eared, and annotated copy of a little paper back called The Control Book sitting on the table. She asked to have a look at it, read a quick section and thought it was something I would like. That night over skype she recommended it to me. She was right. I love it!

The Control Book by Peter Masters is not your typical book on dominance and submission. In my experience the typical kink book spends the bulk of its time on the what and the why of bondage and SM. They look on D/S as almost an afterthought, or a product of the other things that we do, as though if you spank them it will come. The control book is different. It is fundamentally about control: having it, giving it, sharing it, and being aware of it.

Over my kink education (short as it has been) I've been exposed to many discussion and debates about what seperates tops from dominants. This discussion is everywhere: in print, in dungeons, and online. It seems like one of those things that people just seem to know, but no one can clearly articulate. This is an area where Masters really comes through, communicating this difference more clearly and more succinctly than I've heard it put before. The difference is control sensitivity.

The Control Book doesn't spend time talking about why someone might be a control sensitive dominant or submissive. It doesn't waste pages on personal anecdotes, or colorful fluff. What is left is all meat.

The beauty of The Control Book is its codification of what happens when someone takes control.
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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Ilona C. Paris on May 19, 2007
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As a prodomme and psychotherapist I am impressed by this book. It is quite good in the use of Jungian archetypes and how they are seen in domination and submissive choices. This book is not light. If you truly want the deep down reasons why people are or choose to be submissive or dominant this gives some intense answers. I liked it.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By johnny101 on December 7, 2007
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This book was a great read! Lots of useful information for someone still trying to grasp all the control-related levels of being a Dominant. Concepts are explained using simple language that gets the point across in a manner with which most (if not all) readers can connect. Lots of examples drive these concepts to the core. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of the book is the Discussion topics provided both at the conclusion of each section and the end of the book; an entire chapter listing nothing but topics left to the reader for consideration. I recommend this title for those Dominants new to the lifestyle aspect of D/s. Especially those who have already read some of "staple" titles (Different Loving, Masters Manual, etc) but are still left with foggy ideas about the details of the *psychological* aspect of control, having control and maintaining control.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on March 15, 2007
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Control is one of those areas that can make a vanilla person bristle -- we are raised to not be controlled by others and yet we are raised to follow along in certain areas of our lives. In a Ds or Ms relationship the need or desire for control to be a factor is out in the open but that does not mean it is well-analyzed or well-understood. Peter Masters's book on the subject is the first I know of to focus on the issue. Using archetypes, the various states of consciousness and some plain old understanding of how relationships work, this is a good first attempt to address the concept of control. However, I also found many terms used without clear definitions and some concepts are discussed vaguely. Most importantly a book about how to think about and use control needs to have more specific models of how it works. A book geared toward dominants needs to offer us more guidelines or at least a reading list to help us find out more information on our own. This does not mean that the discussion about the importance of control in Ds isn't good; it does mean that I think it could be much better.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By RAMJET on April 5, 2010
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Peter Masters gets inside the conscious, subconscious and the unconscious of us all as he deconstructs, and reconstructs what it is about control that for some of us is an immensely delicious turn-on. Within the context of BDSM play, the book delves into the whys and wherefores of control and the power exchange. The book steps back and analyzes the steps, thought processes, results and possible ramifications of the use/exchange of control. This is an especially refreshing read in the BDSM realm which is deluged with too many (some are quite anemic) how-to books on the mechanics of the lifestyle. Each chapter leaves you to ponder questions you must answer within yourself. A great read for the serious player, or a novice who wants to take a walk on the psychological side of the lifestyle. My only complaint is that it should have been a bigger book, as I think this subject could be examined further.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Todd Stevens on October 5, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book. It had some good information, but much of it I was already aware of. It is funny at some points and the author aims to make the subject amusing. The book is like a synopsis of what control is, how to get it, and how to avoid losing it. It specifically targets dominants controlling submissives.

The book has many typos and grammatical errors. In todays world of sophisticated word processing, this should not happen. It was also too general. It could have used some examples to clarify the topics. I liked the questions at the end of the sections. They were meant to stimulate thought as to how you would use this information in your life.

So... Overall, not bad as an introduction.
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