Humiliation play is also connected to sexual fetishism, in that non-sexual activities may become sexualised by association with arousal, and also may be associated with exhibitionism in the sense of wanting others to witness (or being aroused by others witnessing) one’s sexual degradation.
For some people, activities such as name-calling are a way of achieving ego reduction or getting over sexual inhibitions.
Humiliation play can involve physical and/or verbal methods.
Some seek to be demeaned by acting a role, while others enjoy to be ‘tonguelashed’ and to be constantly told of their low status, and even be made to repeat this back to the humiliator.
Another dog-player would rather play the role of the dog without any element of humiliation.
One such form of sexual roleplaying is objectification, where the bottom is cast in the role of an object.
However, a dominant may take care over insulting the submissive.
It can be as basic as the desire to kiss and massage feet as a precursor to sex; and it can be complex, involving roleplay and public displays of subservience.
As with any form of pain experimentation in a sexual context, consent and (paradoxically) a high degree of awareness and communication are needed to ensure that the result is desirable, rather than abusive.
For example, a submissive may enjoy being insulted in some ways but be genuinely crushed and devastated if humiliated or insulted in other ways.
A classic technique to put a submissive into bottom space is to combine humiliation with pleasurable physical sensation, including sexual stimulation.
Someone who is already inclined to be subby can often be put into a very submissive mental state by simultaneously turning that person on physically while humiliating them.
It is also widely accepted that there are individuals who seek humiliation as a form of emotional release, thus, doing things like eating out of a dog dish, being forced to always kneel, displaying oneself or being forced to cross dress, are just methods a Master can use to bring their slave that much wanted emotional release.