"Within the confines of a healthy and respected adult relationship, dominance and submission can be healthy. I am NOT speaking about those who lack common sense and want to dominate someone just to get off on being cruel to them." This type of relationship is mutually consensual, respectful, intimate, and trusting. Each relationship is quite different and unique.
You say, "I have controlled someone for a little while." That is the most vague and odd statement. What does that mean? In what way, how experienced are you, what books have you read, who has mentored you (if at all), how many loving D/s relationships have you had, (and please do not reference 50 Shades of Grey, Jeez)....
Please show me links and quote actual sources. Did you take any workshops or classes within the BDSM community, btw? Are you talking about being in a Cult, where they brainwash people??? Wait a minute, are you talking about that movie "I Controlled a Zombie 28 Days Later?"
Perhaps you read that up until the 1970s, BDSM was technically classified as a mental illness? Well that is no longer the case, @Cowboy. Being in a Healthy D/s relationship is NOT about abuse, rape, disprespectful mindfuckery, or manipulation. Both the Dominant and the submissive each have free will, communicate intimately, evaluate mutual needs and goals, both trully want to please one another (a happy sub is a happy Dom/Domme), and there is a high level of mutual trust.
It's just like any other relationship, whether vanilla, kinky, or Dominant/submissive.... If your partner is abusive, cruel, violent, a psycho, mentally disturbed, or an asshat or fucktard, then end that relationship and just walk away!!!!!
Perhaps you are referring to "the asshole drunk redneck who beats his wife because supper was cold or the beer ran out"....Idk... Now THAT would send anyone running for therapy!!!
Kinksters have various fetishes, needs, desires, roles, some wish for TPE, negotiated pleasure/pain/hard limits, and continue to evolve and learn about one another in loving, intimate, erotic relationships. It is an ongoing journey of self-discovery.
Btw, being diagnosed with a mental illness has nothing to with a D/s relationship. Some mental illness is genetically predisposed or not diagnosed until years later, or medications and therapy have not been as effective. Perhaps you should go back and read a lot more on this subject and educate yourself.
@Faith, Thank You for your POV, well said and I must agree. ;-)
@Annie B, Thank You for making sense as well.