The Thrill of Shame

The Thrill of Shame

There is a lot that I find uncomfortable about my sexual thoughts and a lot that I would find distressing for others to know about. While they are fantasies in the sense that they turn me on, they are not things that I would ever want to do if that makes sense. Except that I do want to do them but I want to be made to do them. Do they count as desires? I am not sure that they do. Desires are things that you crave, or yearn for, or wish for to happen. These are like dark thoughts hidden away in the depth of my mind, that I find it hard even to acknowledge to myself. They are things that cause me to feel shame, although they excite me, and therein lies the conundrum for me. They are embarrassing at the least, and shameful at the worst.

It is strange, as I would say that I am a very open person about sex. I like to talk about it and don’t get embarrassed about that at all. It is part of my job to teach sex ed, after all, and there is nothing really that I would shy away from in that sense. But asking for things for myself, having to take responsibility for the things I want and enjoy, is hard. In that sense, I have a lot of hang ups. Not of doing the things, but of acknowledging the pleasure that I derive from them. Now I come to think about it, there is quite a long list. I have written about them before in my pursuit to push myself to explain my desire for humiliation.

Humiliation is so personal that it is hard for someone to get it right unless they really know what your hang ups are. It is about exposing your vulnerabilities and pushing you in areas where you feel uncomfortable, so it can seem a bit of a mystery to others about what it is you want, or don’t want to want, someone to do. And I think it is that not wanting to want it which is the crux for me. If it were something that I felt ok about, then I could ask. There are lots of types of play that I enjoy and can ask for, but the things which make me curl and cringe and twist inside, are things which become challenging to speak about. These things make me feel shame.

Essentially, they create a cognitive dissonance within me. Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviours. This produces a feeling of mental discomfort which often leads to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviours to reduce the discomfort and restore balance. People do this all of the time in life situations and it can involve changing attitudes about other people, about goals or about decisions they have made. That feeling of being uncomfortable because you are conflicted is one that we usually like to avoid, so we alter our mindset in order to do that.

When it comes to certain types of sexual play, this cognitive dissonance, and the discomfort caused by it, will lead me to become aroused.  It might seem strange to some that I would enjoy such discomfort, and this is something that I have also addressed previously when I have been writing about emotional masochism. I enjoy the emotional pain and discomfort that comes from humiliation in the same way a masochist would enjoy the physical pain and discomfort which comes from impact play. But it is the conflict created within my thoughts that leads me there.

Let me use anal play as an example. One of the thoughts in my head will be that anal is dirty, and wrong. HL will start to touch me and my body will begin to respond. I will feel excited because in some senses  it feels forbidden and I am getting a thrill out of the fact that it is taboo. He will comment on the way my body is relaxing for him and the noises I am making. I will be thinking that anal is not something that a ‘nice girl’ would want and it is not something that I want to do, and yet there I am responding and enjoying it. I will feel conflicted as I want to shout, don’t touch me there and wriggle away, but it feels nice and I don’t want him to stop.

He can add to this by what he says. By pointing out my pleasure he can force me to acknowledge and accept that I am enjoying it. I feel exposed for what I am: someone who is enjoying this thing that I see as wrong. He will take more and more control of the situation, pushing me further and becoming more intimate. He knows that I would be worried and embarrassed not to be clean, but he makes sure that I never really know. He knows, and I do not. That adds again as it leads to confliction. I want to ask but I can’t bring myself to know the truth in case it is not good. He can push me further and further by what he says, drawing on all those conflictions, making me face them, highlighting the way that I am losing control.

He will point out my pleasure and I will start to let go so my body and the physical takes over. This is the point where I will have to start to alter my attitudes and accept that I like it. If he then reintroduces the other set of beliefs then he can hold me there as I twist and turn between pleasure and pain caused by my own conflicted cognition. I become led by him as he pushes me down one path, only to pull me back to another.  As he talks about me enjoying it and wanting it, I become lost in that moment, giving in to the pleasure that I feel. By then referencing some of the ideas about shame, he has me held in that place which is embarrassing and uncomfortable but so good at the same time.

What eventually happens is that I do give in. I allow myself to lose control and to become what I am.  An anal slut. It creates a strong bond between us, as he has shown me that he knows my secrets. I have been completely exposed and humiliated by the way I have given in to something that I wasn’t comfortable with. He has made me lose control and let go of my views for that time. My desire has been stronger than my beliefs, and my need for pleasure has won over the thought of how I should respond. I have lost control of myself.

Dissonance theory suggests that if individuals act in ways that contradict their beliefs, then they typically will change their beliefs to align with their actions, and, although this happens in the moment, I return to my previous views once this is over. This leads me to form a connection with HL because he knows what my weaknesses are. He has seen inside and has got first hand experience of that other side of me. He can make me lose control, and we both know that, which adds to the power exchange in a sexual sense. He can also make me slip easily back into that submissive space by triggering the feeling of shame associated with that memory.

There are other things which would work in the same way, many of which are to do with loss of control of my body in a way which I find humiliating. Because of the nature of the way the dissonance works, for me to ask for it, even if I felt that I could, would mean that the edge was taken from it. Asking for something I want can lead to pleasure, but in this unique type of power play, I can be suspended in that place of pleasure/pain in a way that would not work if it was something that I had requested, even if I felt that I could ask for it, which I don’t.

These things remain the things I love to hate. The things I want, that I don’t want. They are made from contradictions which are as deep-rooted as the contradiction which is at the centre of erotic humiliation itself. They are about shame, about embarrassment and about discomfort, and yet they deliver such an exquisite pleasure that nothing else can match them in terms of the feelings that they produce. They give me a sense of freedom. I feel as if I am uncovered and discovered. I feel that I am accepted where I should be rejected and they overwhelm and overpower me in a way which I find hard to explain.

I would like to be able to discuss them in more detail but I can’t. My embarrassment is clear on my face when I try and the confliction is there too. I can feel my face move to an expression which is pained but where there is an embarrassed smile too. This seems to illustrate that feeling of discomfort which combines with the feeling of enjoyment in a visual way which gives me away. Sometimes even when I write about it, I can feel the telltale signs. I can feel my body heat up and I get that titillating thrill. I think that as time goes on, I will be able to be more open, but for now, these things remain mostly locked away.

Do you now find, or have you ever found, anything distressing or uncomfortable about your sexual thoughts, fantasies, desires, or actions? Is there anything that you want or need that you have trouble asking for or are reticent to admit because it makes you blush? Have you had any experiences that have caused you embarrassment?

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32 Comments

  1. Erotic humiliation is such a paradox because we love it and yet hate to love it. So well said Missy. I think you have to be this way to understand this way…and I totally understand. 😉

    • Oooo another person. I am still trying to pinpoint aspects of mine. I think the more I can understand the triggers the easier it will be to use them 😊

      • Totally!
        For me, part of the process was also to stop questioning myself, to just accept it as okay and let it be. I’m often surprised by what turns me on, funny new little things that I’d never expect.

        • Yes I totally get that. I think we are still at the point when I am trying to be more open so that HL can understand it 😊

  2. Excellent article about an area I have many questions. I’ve been trying to understand this exact concept with my sub. Much of what you describe I have seen from her. Confusing concept to figure out without communicating with her. She is very reluctant to talk about these types of things other than tell me that she does enjoy it if I ask her if she liked it. I have done exactly what HL has done to you with pretty much the same effect. Early on my sub just told me to ‘take her’ when we did Anal. On my birthday last year, we did anal, and she knew it was coming and was absolutely dripping with limited foreplay.
    For the last few months, i pick a week and tell her that the entire week will be Anal. I thought this approach took the pressure off of her wondering/fearing. During one of these weeks, we skipped a night of activity and the next 2 nights after that she was very forthcoming about wanting to do something, knowing where we were going. Those were some fun nights. There are other times when i tell her to do certain things, and I can tell by her reaction she is highly aroused. However, I never quite know what she likes because she is very reluctant to talk. She’s much better of late because we are in our 2nd year of our D/S relationship and she’s much more comfortable with the whole situation(married almost 24 years, 3 kids) Again, thanks for the article. it definitely gives me more insight as the why/how, i’ve just got to figure out the what.

    • Thank you for your response. I know a lot more about what it is but am not able to write it here. I really struggle with that. I have written things in other posts and find it easier in fiction. I wonder if that might be an area where she could be more open? Or in writing out her fantasies for you? I also find when we are chatting at the club I am able to reveal more. HL has to be always watching to pick up the details as I find it hard to be direct and will back off from the fear I guess. It is one thing to say what I find hot but another to ask for it to be done. The sort of things she reads and gets turned on by would also be a clue I think. So if she shared fiction that she found turned her on, that should give you a clearer idea. Good luck 😊

  3. I am right there with you on this. This is exactly the type of humiliation that works on me and that Mr. D is an absolute expert with. Sometimes it aggravates the crap out of me, because he has so much control, and because he knows my weak spots. But then, there is a part of me that is so grateful that someone does. This is an amazing response to the prompt!

    • Thank you so much. I feel like I keep coming back to some of this in my writing as I am trying to understand for myself just what those triggers are and how they work so the prompt was helpful. Hopefully one day I can build up to articulating some of the thoughts I have which I still keep hidden 😊

    • It must be exciting for you that Mr D is an expert at finding those weak spots. We are still learning together so it can be a bit hit or miss. And then it is about saying when it works, which is also so embarrassing and I will try to avoid 😳

      • I am easily made uncomfortable…and I think Mr. D loves that. I didn’t really realize that this was a “thing” within the D/s world. I’m learning that “discomfort” is just a clue that there is something in that activity that needs to be explored. Why does it make me uncomfortable? What am I afraid of?

        • I don’t know if it is the same for everyone but for me it is part of the way that I experience and enjoy erotic humiliation. There are some forms of humiliation which do nothing much for me, but there are others where it’s like BAM, a huge button has been pressed and I am like liquid in his hands. It means that I can access a deep submissive mental state really fast just from his words, so I have tried to think about what those triggers are and understand where they come from. Mostly so I can tell him and he can use them more and more lol 😉

  4. My man and I meet alot of people who exhibit cognitive dissonance and sometimes they alter their view to take in the “new information” – at others they decide that the contradictory view is incorrect and ignore the new feeling, or opinion in favour for the old. They can not bear to have to change their life view. I think it is a brave person who can bring in the new ideas to their personal world view. It is interesting that you align and then revert – but i can understand that – we are human- x

    • I think in life generally I will alter my view in some way. But within this sexual sense, I am pulled and pushed in a way which keeps my hanging there, caught in my arousal and being pushed deeper into my submissive space where I will eventually let go. To change permenantly would remove the thing that is causing my arousal. It is a temporary dissonance if that makes sense and it is caused by my conflicting view of both wanting and not wanting. 😊

  5. Very well explained missy, you make things seem a bit more clearer of an area that is so hard to explain. I can relate to a lot of what you have written, in particular what stands out for me is the ’embarrassed smile’ I have a love hate thing for knowing that it is written on my face that I’m enjoying it even if I’m twisting away from the words aswell.

  6. You are giving a precise description of what I often feel and felt myself since childhood. There had been periods in my life, during which it has been a major factor in how I saw myself overshadowed by a feeling of guilt, that was perfectly uncomfortable, but I couldn’t help to go on. It has been a kind of relief for me to read your blog, as it was kind of a justification of things I didn’t dare to admit. Thank you so much for that, Missy!

    • Oh yay. I am really pleased that reading it helped. Not sure if it’s that you feel more normal or you feel better now you have found someone else who is weird but either way it feels nice for me 😊

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