The Rhytm of the Whip

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Why do people willfully expose themselves to physical pain? How does pain become a positive experience? Investigating these questions in the extremely different areas of religion and sexual practice demonstrates commonalities in the application of a general affective mechanism involved in the rendering of pain. Identity, practice, and institution share a frame that is so powerful that we take this contextual interconnection for granted and generally overlook similarities of affective mechanisms in religion and sexuality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-289
JournalSocial Psychology Quartely
StatePublished - 2009


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