Share on Facebook Pinterest Email LinkedIn New research has found that women with borderline personality disorder are more likely to engage in sexual masochism.The study examined 60 women with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and 60 women with a personality disorder other than BPD. The researchers found that sexual masochism disorder was 10 times more likely in women with BPD than the other women. Women with BPD were more likely to report fantasizing about being tied up, being whipped and spanked, and being forced to do something.Sexual masochism disorder, unlike masochism in general, occurs when a person’s masochistic behaviors cause significant psychological, social, or physical harm. Share Share on Twitter Does this mean sexual masochism disorder is a symptom of BPD? Not necessarily. As the researchers explain, BDP and sexual masochism disorder may “share common risk factors that could explain their co-occurrence.” They found, for instance, that masochistic women with BPD were more likely to have suffered childhood sexual abuse than non-masochistic women.The study was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Alvaro Frias Ibañez of the University of Ramon-Llull in Barcelona. Read his responses below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Ibañez: I usually treat patients with personality disorders in general and borderline personality disorder specifically. Most of these patients reported sado-masochistic sexual experiences in which they adopted the masochistic role. For these patients, similar to other harmful acts such as cutting, they obtained pleasure by receiving such behaviors.What should the average person take away from your study?While sexual sado-masochistic behaviors may represent benign acts, it is likely that sado-masochistic disorder may somehow reflect an underlying emotional disturbance.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?The sample size was relatively small and did not pertain to the general population. Hence, it is possible that sado-masochistic sexual disorder may not be a psychological disturbance per se.Is there anything else you would like to add?Based on my clinical experience, clinicians should address whether borderline patients may have sado-masochistic sexual disorder, specifically in order to avoid forthcoming sexual risk behaviors and also as a manner to treat with trauma-related symptomatology.The study, “Is There a Relationship Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Sexual Masochism in Women?” was also co-authored by Laura González, Cárol Palma, and Núria Farriols.
U.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) helped secure extensive workers relief provisions in the emergency coronavirus response bill, including direct payments to New Mexico families and an emergency four-month expansion of unemployment insurance (UI) worth an additional $600 per week. The third congressional COVID-19 funding package that passed the Senate Wednesday, and the House passed today, also includes protections for furloughed workers that safeguard employer-provided health insurance.The direct payments will provide the vast majority of New Mexicans with a one-time $1,200 payment, with married couples receiving $2,400, with an additional $500 for each child. The payment amounts start to phase down above income levels of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for joint filers, and completely phase out above $100,000 and $200,000 respectively. One independent estimate of an earlier but similar version of the proposal estimated the average New Mexico family would receive over $1,800 and the state’s population as a whole would receive over $1.8 billion combined. The payments are based on 2019 or 2018 tax returns, and include those without income tax liability. If no return is available, the payments will be made through information in 2019 Social Security Benefit Statements. They are expected to be made as early as three weeks after final passage, according to the Department of the Treasury.The expansion of unemployment assistance means more workers’ will see assistance that covers more of their lost wages, with many workers receiving 100% of their previous pay. The expansion also opens up the unemployment insurance program for the self-employed and part-time gig workers for the next four months, who would not otherwise have been eligible to apply for unemployment insurance. The bipartisan funding bill expands the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week to meet the unprecedented need from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensures that laid-off workers have more means to make ends meet during a time of public health closures. The agreement ensures that all workers are protected whether they work for businesses small, medium or large, along with those who are self-employed or work in the gig economy. The provisions also allow workers to get unemployment insurance more quickly and allow furloughed workers to stay on as employees and receive health benefits while receiving UI so they are ready to quickly resume work with their employer and restart the American economy when the COVID-19 pandemic draws to a close. “Across the country and throughout New Mexico, workers have lost their jobs and are facing unprecedented economic hardship – almost overnight and through no fault of their own. The American people deserve our full support during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, and help is on the way to New Mexico families and workers,” Udall said. “The bill passed this week puts workers and working families first—over corporate executive bonuses and no-strings-attached corporate bailouts. It puts money into the hands of all New Mexico families that need it and every worker losing a job. This funding is vital to our economic future because it will help families today with their bills while helping to alleviate some of the stresses of tomorrow—money in the bank today and a better chance at a job to return to in the future. I will continue to fight for all New Mexicans to ensure that working people have what they need to stay healthy while providing for themselves and their families.” “Workers who have lost their jobs—even if only temporarily—are deeply worried about how they can support their families who depend on their paychecks,” Heinrich said. “Unemployment insurance will serve as an essential lifeline for them during this crisis. I’m proud that our negotiations secured a massive expansion of benefits and eligibility for the unemployment insurance program so that all workers in New Mexico impacted by this economic upheaval can receive the support they need. Democrats also fought to double the direct cash payments to working Americans. I will hold the administration accountable for delivering this much needed relief to New Mexico families as soon as possible so they can have the peace of mind they need to ride out this storm.”The New Mexico senators also advocated for a provision that was included in the bill to enable paid leave for New Mexicans who work at the national labs or as federal contractors at other federal facilities in the state, if they cannot perform telework due to the nature of their duties. Without this provision, potentially thousands of New Mexicans working at the labs and other federal sites would be forced to drain their leave and eventually lose pay if they are unable to telework because their job cannot be performed remotely. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third ‘phase’ of coronavirus response passed by Congress. That bill is expected to be passed by the House of Representatives on Friday and President Trump has committed to signing it into law as soon as possible thereafter. The bill also includes unprecedented direct support to small businesses to enable them to keep paying employees during this public health emergency [link to small biz release] and a major investment in the needs of hospitals and frontline health care workers who are faced with rapidly increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients.Udall and Heinrich also voted for the second ‘phase,’ the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to provide free nation-wide testing for COVID-19 and initial economic relief for the impacts of the pandemic and the associated public health response. In addition, Udall and Heinrich voted for the first measure – an $8.3 billion supplemental appropriations bill, to provide the first wave of support for the country’s public health infrastructure and social safety net programs.
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Senior Shakira Duncan (Kingston, Jamaica/Darton) scored her second hat trick of the season to lead the No. 19 West Florida women’s soccer team to a 5-3 win over West Georgia in Gulf South Conference action on Sunday. The win improved UWF’s record to 14-2 overall and 7-0 in GSC play, clinching the team’s sixth straight undefeated season in conference play and extending the team’s GSC regular season winning streak to 49 games.In a wild first half, the Argonauts outshot West Georgia (5-10-2, 1-4-1 GSC) by a count of 19-5 but gave up three goals as well. UWF scored three times in the first half; freshman Alexis Garrand (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips HS), junior Tina Murray (Kingston, Jamaica/Meridian CC) and Duncan each scored goals for the Argos in the opening period. Garrand and Murray also notched assists in the first half of play. Duncan scored both of the team’s goals in the second half.Garrand scored the first goal off a through ball from Murray at the 18:23 mark, but UWG came back and tied the score on Cydney Raymond’s goal in the 20th minute. The Wolves took a 2-1 lead on a Jessica Young goal in the 35th minute, but Duncan struck back quickly to tie the score at 2-2. Murray then gave the Argos their first lead of the game at the 38:55 mark, but once again West Georgia was there to tie the score 3-3 on an Elyse Boileau goal at the 40:33 mark.The Argos took a 4-3 lead in the second half at the 54:34 mark on Duncan’s second goal of the game, and she was assisted by junior Jordan Stone (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach HS). Duncan gave UWF an insurance goal to make the score 5-3, as she stole the ball away from a pair of defenders and beat the keeper for her third of the game and 20th of the season.UWF finished the game up in shots 36-9. Junior Ali Ryan (Batemans Bay, Australia/Darton) played the first half in goal for West Florida and made one save, while fellow junior Lauren Byrd (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain HS) made one save while shutting out the Wolves in the second half. Mary Laza was extremely busy in goal for UWG, making 18 saves while facing over 30 shots.West Florida will return for two home games during the last week of the regular season, facing Lambuth on Friday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. and coming back for a 2 p.m. game against Thomas on Sunday, Oct. 31. The Argos will enter the GSC Tournament as the No. 1 seed, and the semifinals are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5 at Brosnaham Park in Pensacola.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Duncan Leads No. 19 UWF to 5-3 Win and Undefeated GSC Season Share Shakira Duncan scored a hat trick and tallied her 20th goal of the year on Sunday (Photo by Jim Hogue)