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Autosadism, or automasochism, is behaviour inflicting pain or humiliation on oneself. It may be related to self-harm[1][2] or a paraphilia involving sexual arousal.[3] It can be viewed as a form of masochism,[4] a sublimated form of sadism, or a means to experiencing algolagnia, a sexual tendency which is defined by deriving sexual pleasure and stimulation from physical pain.[5]

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  1. ^ Maarse, Frans J. (2003). Clinical Assessment, Computerized Methods, and Instrumentation. Taylor & Francis. p. 78. ISBN 90-265-1944-3. 
  2. ^ Tustin, Frances (1986). Autistic barriers in neurotic patients. Karnac Books. p. 60. ISBN 0-946439-25-7. 
  3. ^ Aggrawal 2008, p. 371
  4. ^ Aggrawal 2008, p. 168
  5. ^ Ellis, Havelock (2007). Studies in the Psychology of Sex. 3 (3rd ed.). Echo Library. p. 122. ISBN 1-4068-6282-7.