masochistic personality

mas·och·is·tic per·son·al·i·ty

a personality disorder in which the individual accepts exploitation and sacrifices self-interest while at the same time feeling morally superior or feigning moral superiority, attempting to elicit sympathy, and inducing guilt in others.

masochistic personality

mas·och·is·tic per·son·al·i·ty

(mas'ŏ-kis'tik pĕr'sŏn-al'i-tē)
A personality disorder in which the person accepts exploitation and sacrifices self-interest while at the same time feeling morally superior or feigning moral superiority, attempting to elicit sympathy, and inducing guilt in others.
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Of particular controversy was the proposal to include paraphilic rape, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and masochistic personality disorder (Corcoran & Walsh, 2010).
It would be easy to attribute such violence to a dependent, masochistic personality, or to a regressive borderline spectrum of disorder, and, in the process, to introduce our own biases in the therapeutic encounter.
Kirk and Kutchins (1992) joined the list of critics with publication of The Selling of DSM and their new book, Making Us Crazy, is a meticulously researched analysis of individuals and groups who participated in the controversial evolution of posttraumatic stress disorder, masochistic personality disorder, self-defeating personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and homosexuality as a mental disorder.