‘Benign Masochism’: The Theory That Explains Why You Enjoy Chillies, Depressing Music And Rollercoasters

'Benign Masochism': The Theory That Explains Why You Enjoy Chillies, Depressing Music And Rollercoasters

‘Benign Masochism’: The Theory That Explains Why You Enjoy Chillies, Depressing Music And Rollercoasters

There’s at all times one one that goes for the spiciest curry on the menu whereas sweating profusely and throwing again pints of water nonetheless claiming he is having fun with it.

Chilis aren’t the one method folks wish to enjoy one thing punishing – many individuals get off on watching unhappy movies, listening to Depressing music or driving terrifying rollercoasters.

Benign masochism is a time period coined by College of Pennsylvania psychologist Paul Rozin and Kendra Pierre-Louis at Aeon. It refers to the checklist of seemingly unpleasant actions that a lot of folks get a kick out of.

Rozin defined why in his paper for journal Judgement and Resolution Making titled ‘Glad to be unhappy’:

“Benign masochism refers to having fun with initially adverse experiences that the physique (mind) falsely interprets as threatening. This realisation that the physique has been fooled, and that there isn’t a actual hazard, results in pleasure derived from ‘thoughts over physique.'”

The Theory focuses on the adverse bodily experiences of those actions like your tongue burning from the spice of a pink chili or abdomen dropping within the loop of a rollercoaster.

Interestingly the analysis discovered girls had been extra more likely to benefit from the Depressing results of a tragic movie whereas males extra more likely to search out the sharp alcoholic burn from whisky.

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