8B: Masochistic

The AAMasoc pattern features an evolution of protection against distress by reformulating pain experiences as a desired state, sometimes to the extent that suffering becomes noble. AAMasoc individuals habitually place themselves in positions in which they will be derogated, allowing for the wills and whims of negative fate to act on them. They come to believe that their mistreatment is a natural result of their undeservingness. These individuals tend to display the following array of personologic domains:

Behavioral Level

(F) Expressively Abstinent (e.g., presents self as nonindulgent, frugal and chaste; is reluctant to seek pleasurable experiences, refraining from exhibiting signs of enjoying life; acts in an unpresuming and self-effacing manner, preferring to place self in an inferior light or abject position).
(F) Interpersonally Deferential (e.g., distances from those who are consistently supportive, relating to others where one can be sacrificing, servile and obsequious, allowing, if not encouraging them to exploit, mistreat, or take advantage; renders ineffectual the attempts of others to be helpful and solicits condemnation by accepting undeserved blame and courting unjust criticism).

Phenomenological Level

(F) Cognitively Diffident (e.g., hesitant to interpret observations positively for fear that, in doing so, they may not take problematic forms, or achieve troublesome and self-denigrating outcomes; as a result, there is a habit of repeatedly expressing attitudes and anticipations contrary to favorable beliefs and feelings).
(S) Undeserving Self-Image (e.g., is self-abasing, focusing on the very worst personal features, asserting thereby that one is worthy of being shamed, humbled and debased; feels that one has failed to live up to the expectations of others and hence, deserves to suffer painful consequences).
(S) Discredited Contents (e.g., object representations are composed of failed past relationships and disparaged personal achievements, of positive feelings and erotic drives transposed into their least attractive opposites, of internal conflicts intentionally aggravated, of mechanisms for reducing dysphoria being subverted by processes which intensify discomfort).

Intrapsychic Level

(F) Exaggeration Dynamics (e.g., repetitively recalls past injustices and anticipates future disappointments as a means of raising distress to homeostatic levels; undermines personal objectives and sabotages good fortunes so as to enhance or maintain accustomed level of suffering and pain).
(S) Inverted Architecture (e.g., owing to a significant reversal of the pain-pleasure polarity, morphologic structures have contrasting and dual qualitiesone more or less conventional, the other its obverseresulting in a repetitive undoing of affect and intention, of a transposing of channels of need gratification with those leading to frustration, and of engaging in actions which produce antithetical, if not self-sabotaging consequences).

Biophysical Level

(S) Dysphoric Mood (e.g., experiences a complex mix of emotions, at times anxiously apprehensive, at others forlorn and mournful, to feeling anguished and tormented; intentionally displays a plaintive and wistful appearance, frequently to induce guilt and discomfort in others).