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Masochism is an urge to derive sexual pleasure from receiving pain or humiliation. As a form of BDSM play, masochism is closely related to sadism as a practice of inflicting pain.

The medical term "masochism" was coined by Richard von Krafft-Ebing in his book Psychopathia Sexualis (1886), based on the name of the 19th century author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, known for his novel Venus in Furs that dealt with highly masochistic themes.

A person acting out masochism is called a masochist. The basic needs of a masochist is to be a part of another person, to be punished and feel the power of a powerful person.[1]

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