Dr Oz: Why Do We Torture Ourselves?
Are you a fan of hot peppers? How about sad movies? Scary movies? How do you feel about getting on a stomach-churning roller coaster? Dr Oz asked the question “Why do we do things that bring such a huge emotional and physical challenge? Why torture ourselves?”
Dr Oz: What Is Benign Masochism?
One audience member explained that the unknown is a bit exciting. Dr Oz explained that some psychologists refer to the phenomenon as benign masochism. It’s a term used to describe activities that are unpleasant but seem to be irresistible. The reason, according to experts, is that our brain perceives those activities as a threat, but once it realizes there isn’t a real danger, it relaxes and calms down, bringing you pleasure. Somewhat like a “safe threat” because you’re tempting your body.