To date, little research has focused on the erotic motivators that drive the Top/bottom (Dom/sub)
dynamic, as well as those traits sought in compatible partners. In this study we address what “lights us up” in Top and bottom dynamics – personally and in a partner. 200 self-identified Tops and bottoms completed a 23-item scale psychological drivers and 42-item scale on “turn-on” intensity, known to be associated with Top/bottom dynamics, as well as open-ended questions exploring preferred traits in partners.
EFA for the two scales showed good factor structure and strong reliability, with the results creating a clear Top profile (with what they seek from the experience and their partner), as well as a less distinct and more varied bottom profile.
Consistent high-intensity preferences were found to be significantly associated with less sexual
dysfunction and higher desire. And preferred partner traits echoed the indicators of Optimal Sexuality. Limitations and applications are discussed.
Session Category : 2018