Originally Posted by Cogwulf
Depends on the fetish and the person
some people into some fetishes, choking etc. have brains whos pleasure centres activate in response to pain.
For people into role playing it may be some sort of escapism
People into some things like BDSM may have some underlying psychological problems
Some random ideas...
Powerful people are sick of being played to all day and wish to be subservient. Humans were not made to rule over each other and so this redresses the balance and helps the ego to regain balance.
Humans seek self punishment in many ways, there are thousands of ways but the most commonly quoted are intoxicants, sex in the knowledge that it will lead to emotional pain, over spending that leads to long term distress. These methods of self punishment are ways to address balances. The person who seeks pain has probably caused pain to others in some form or the other and subconsciously wants to atone for it. The pleasure is in fact release of guilt.
A sedentary lifestyle may also render the rush of blood that lashings inflict pleasurable where exercise is insufficient.
The rush of blood may actually be a wake up call to a brain that has become used to following a routine system of living. It is forced to think.
If a person is possessed it will actually harm the spirit that is inside it and force it to leave.
It is just nice to watch someone in control for once
especially if you live a hedonistic life. A subconscious need for discipline.
Who knows...just ideas....