Is a submissive personality a pathological disorder?
Angelique wrote in a recent post about a diagnostic test that her submissive husband received after answering a battery of questions:
seeing submission as a personality disorder is something wrong with the diagnostic tool, the mental health system, and society in general
we are all damaged goods. We all have faults, querks, insecurities and who knows what else
On the other hand, subservient-husband commented:
The BDSM community has recently turned a corner in acceptance of the lifestyle. There are many PhDs who gladly testify in courtrooms as to the D/s relationship dynamic being a healthy expression of interpersonal sexuality
(I think he meant “The psychiatric community…”)
As I’m not familiar with the test or do not know what the questions were, I can’t take a position. Many tests of the pop-psychology variety are based on a statistical norm of a class of participants. Test results that are significantly outside of the “normal” might indicate a need for therapy but are generally not conclusive by themselves.
But to the larger question that I think the author is making. Would a lifestyle submissive (such as what her husband appears to be) have a personality disorder? Are BDSM relationships a kind of psychological disorder?
For now, I’ll leave the question open for comment.