- Strength of a threat
- Presence of a freedom
- Importance of the freedom
- Proportion of the freedom threatened
- If anxiety is measured during BDSM sessions, perhaps by heart rate or galvanic skin response, how does the anxiety (and therefore the reactance) vary with increasing restriction, and as the subject moves from the reactive to the helpless region?
- Is the steep fall from the reactance peak to helplessness associated with the entry into subspace? When is it necessary to "crash" into subspace and when can it be entered "softly"?
- How does the shape of the reactance peak differ for different submissives, at different times, and for different freedoms? Does the peak get smoothed out as the submissive is repeatedly forced to cross from reactive to helpless regions?
- How does the emotion of reactance differ from any conscious testing of the Master by the slave, perhaps to convince herself that he is not going to let her down by allowing her freedoms she wants to escape from?
- How much is the ability to accept helplessness (without causing depression and other forms of unhealthy reaction) something learnt in childhood, learnt in adulthood or a genetic disposition?
- How do dominants experience reactance? Do dominants seek to lower their level of reactance below the normal baseline by escaping from restrictions? (ie moving towards the left of the diagram.)
2. "Psychological Reactance: A Theory of Freedom and Control", S.S. Brehm and J.W Brehm, 1981, New York, Academic Press, pp93, 96, 115-6.
3. "Freedom and Reactance", R.A. Wicklund, 1974, Potomac (Maryland), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp10-11, 86.
4. "Different Loving: The World of Sexual Dominance and Submission", G.G Brame, W.D. Brame and J. Jacobs, 1996. p206
Loyalty, Honesty, Discipline, Creativity, Humility, Intensity, Curiosity, Manners, Courage, Obedience, Humour, Intelligence, Endurance, Flexibility, Patience, Gratitude, Spontaneity, Faith and Commitment - this is mostly who I am and mostly what I am looking for in a slave. Pick one of these and explain what you can and will be and how you will change for your Master. Master Gunter:firstname.lastname@example.org