Pleasure from pain might be something we initially associate with sex but it is actually a part of all of our lives.
We see it the world over, not just in BDSM halls but in religious fasters, ultra marathoners, and hot chili addicts who revel in the burning sensation it provides.
But is this desire in all of us, or is it consigned to a select few?
And why is it there at all?
Leigh Cowart, science journalist and author of ‘Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose’ joined Jonathan to discuss.