Altered States of Kink


Those into kinky sex know there's something primal and exotic about it; desire elevated to expressions generally beyond the norm. It should be no surprise then that researchers have found that various BDSM roles facilitate altered states of mind.  Aside from meditation and good pot brownies, what other greatness lies in the realm of altered states?  Sex, that's what.

One highlight is that such altered states of consciousness have potential to unlock an inner creativity.  So, um, if you feel creatively stifled, may I suggest a dose of BDSM?  If you've ever read anything on creativity research, you'll be familiar with the book "Flow" by Csikszentmihalyi.  What a name. Anyway, the idea is simply that,

"Flow is a nine-dimensional altered state conceptualized by Csikszentmihalyi, and is achieved during ‘optimal experiences’...The dimensions of flow include ‘challenge-skill balance, action-awareness merging, clear goals, unambiguous feedback, concentration on task, sense of control, loss of self-consciousness, time transformation,’ and feelings of intrinsic reward."

Opposite that is Dietrich's transient hypofrontality which "relates to daydreaming, runner's high, meditation and even some drug highs".  As the article continues, 

"The experiments revealed that the bottom role and the top role in BDSM are each associated with a distinct altered state of consciousness, both of which have previously been tied to creativity.

According to the researchers, ‘topping’ is linked to the state which aligned with Csikszentmihalyi’s flow, while ‘bottoming’ is associated with both Dietrich’s transient hypofrontality and some aspects of flow." 

So, if you felt funky about getting kinky, don't.  It's out of this world.