Psychological Bondage

Last Updated: July 27, 2017

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Definition - What does Psychological Bondage mean?

Psychological bondage is bondage that does not require equipment or harness. It involves the mind and the heart, and may have abusive connotations in some instances. It is alternately referred to as emotional bondage. In the context of abusive psychological bondage, the “imprisoned” party is unable to break free, not just because of the abusive party. Psychologists also point to the chain or hold within themselves, and their support system.

Kinkly explains Psychological Bondage

According to mental health professionals, the first step to breaking free from psychological bondage is to look within, at the internalized chains that maintain the bond. This sort of bondage is participated in by the abused through feelings of self-doubt, self-loathing and feelings of unworthiness. Only the abused person can break away from these negative feelings that fortify psychological bondage. A proactive support system of friends and family may help encourage a person to break free.

Psychological bondage can have a negative affect on a person's sexuality and their relationships. They may find it hard to bond with others. Generally speaking, this type of bondage is not the same as consensual mind games that are found within the BDSM community.

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