“Would you think about something for me?”
“We can talk about it tomorrow.”
“Humiliation, is it good or bad? Not a politically or kink correct answer, but a gut feel. In the sense of ‘I was totally humiliated.’ your attitude about it, not feelings.”
“I think this is a hard question for me to understand, given the limitations, but I'll try and make sense out of it.”
“Okay, then forget the limitations, I did not mean it to be limiting, just the whole range of those things call humiliation; you are right, that is better and a more fair question.”
"'I was totally humiliated' - I'll think about what that statement brings up for me... is that what you mean, more or less?"
"Yes that is what I mean, not to your submission particularly, just as a person."
And the next day:
"I thought about humiliation."
"I should email, I think."
"Okay, I would love to have your feelings on it."
And then the email:
I think you've made a case that humiliating and humbling are the same. I can't say I see it that way.
If I say humiliated, I mean embarrassed and brought down to a point below ones true worth. Where humbled, I see as settling to one's proper place.
Humiliation is an experience of shame.
Does this answer?
"it was humiliating. But i didn't resist . . . moving my body into a rhythm . . . i felt aroused by the stimulation, and aroused by the humiliation. i felt my little place so acutely... it felt so right that i should be in this space of humility; . . . it felt right that we all acknowledged that it was part of my place to have lower status and higher humility."
A third perspective is:
I feel that some humiliation is necessary to reduce me to that deep submissive state I long to be in. Humiliation, as in wearing a collar or leash, submitting to an inspection, being made to crawl, etc., helps to put my mind into the "powerless" state and allows me to "feel" the authority that my Dom/Dad/Master has over me. I do not, however, much enjoy the more extreme forms of humiliation such as being urinated on......that, to me, is overkill.
So, these three have differing opinions, perhaps a Dominant has it figured out:
That was how I saw humiliation. Disrespectful. Degrading. Debasing. Insulting. As abuse, pure and simple. The idea of what I perceived as emotional cruelty. The idea of verbally harming my Submissives nauseated me."
Definitions of Humiliation:
- state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
- chagrin: strong feelings of embarrassment
- an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect; "he had to undergo one humiliation after another"
- depriving one of self-esteem
Definitions of humility:
- a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride; "not everyone regards humility as a virtue"
- a humble feeling; "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"
From Wikipedia: Humiliation is the abasement of pride; mortification. The state of being humbled or reduced to lowliness or submission. It is thus the process of being made humble. It can be brought about through bullying, intimidation, physical or mental mistreatment or trickery and embarrassment.
Humiliation is being humble, humility, which is good . . .
No wonder everyone is confused and afraid.
So, perhaps it is all just semantics, which I would agree with, an unimportant distinction, except I think there are many submissives that miss out on opportunities for growth, arousal, bonding and excitement, a chance to truly move forward because they are afraid of being humiliated and embarrassed, demeaned?
They are afraid of being embarrassed and brought down to a point below ones true worth.
They do not find humiliation as settling to one's proper place.
Clearly humiliation is used for a variety of reasons.
There are those dominants that use humiliation to totally debase a submissive, tear her down, belittle her, strip her of any self esteem or self respect to build her back up "his way".
Others use humiliation to overcome excess pride, to make their submissive more humble, to create a sense of self worth in their submission, subordinate to the dominant, respectful.
There does not seem to be a hard and fast result from humiliation, let alone a common perception of what it really constitutes.