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noun as in deriving pleasure from pain

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If a person deliberately engages with pain, not because they like the sensation of pain but because they like the sensations that come when the pain ends, I think that qualifies as a flavor of masochism.

I think benign masochism is a piece of it, but it’s also the fact that this experience has been associated with the positive, the people they care about in their life, their parents, their siblings.

He is the academic father of the theory of benign masochism.

As social psychologist Brock Bastian writes in his book about the role of suffering in happiness, “Benign masochism characterizes the enjoyment of the conflict that arises when these simultaneous positive and negative emotions are activated.”

If you would prefer to skip this exercise in masochism, we completely understand.

Some might lack the fortitude—or masochism—required to endure a grueling campaign (Rubio).

The willing masochism of being an England supporter is innate.

(Haaretz) Bennett says anti-leftist-NGO bill doesn't go far enough - 'This masochism has to stop,' says Habayit Hayehudi leader.

This summer, in an act of literary masochism, I read not one but two books about Marco Rubio.

The extension of the masochism-explains-all theory is that there is joy in all of this (well maybe not for Cubs fans).

Perhaps the phenomenon is allied to masochism, since anxiety is to a certain extent painful.

It may be that the actual advertiser is on the lookout for the energetic instructress; here we have to do with masochism.

I suspect that under many of our professed principles there lurk elements of unconscious sadism and masochism.

The spiritual masochism of a woman may lead to depths of cruelty rarely understood.

We have already mentioned this symptom and have seen the part it plays in some forms of masochism.


On this page you'll find 7 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to masochism, such as: flagellation.

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