APA Approves New Scale for BDSM Personalities

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CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS

Researchers at Northern Illinois University has created a new scale to measure members of the BDSM community.  The scale has won official sanction and adoption by the American Psychological Association, the generally recognized authority on personality testing.

“The problem became increasingly visible,” Sandra Smythe-Mortenson, Principle Investigator for the 3 year study, told us.  “We found that everyone who identified as BDSM or BDSM friendly was scoring off the charts for narcissism.  They were all at the very top, in the 1% range, which made us think we might need a new scale.”

Smythe-Mortenson was right in her theory that there may be something more there.  “First we moved from a 100 point scale to a 300 point scale, yet people were still scoring in the top 1%.  Even at 500 points, we were still seeing nearly every interview subject skew to the highest end of the scale.  It wasn’t until we got to a 1000 point scale that we started seeing some variance.”

The results found that BDSM community members were 10 times more narcissistic that even the more narcissistic vanilla people.

“It’s because we are special,” Master Anders told The Daily Flogger.  “That had to invent a special scale for people like me.  I am just that special.”

Smythe-Mortenson said there are real dangers associated with this level of absorption.  Most commonly, that “you walk around behaving like a total asshole and you are completely unable to see it.  When people try to point it out, it is always seen as a problem with them, not the narcissist.”

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