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Masochism is a term describing the attitude of a person seeking pleasure through psychological distress in the form of humiliation and/or physical pain that the patient likes to inflict on themselves or that another person inflicts for them. Erogenous masochism described in psychiatry is a paraphilia, meaning a sexual deviation, generally considered a sexual perversion. However masochism not only affects sexuality. Masochistic people can get, often unconsciously, into a situation of physical or mental suffering in their everyday life: work, family ... While having a normal sex life.