Our Definition

the individual relationship between two or more persons, typically with regard to power exchange or other kinky activities.

Real Life Examples

Bert and Ernie’s relationship is founded on varying degrees of power exchange, practiced in day-to-day life and also during play. They are in a D/s dynamic.

Polonius is Susan’s collared submissive. Their dynamic is Master/slave. 

Common Practices &


Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common practices and experiences involving dynamics include, but certainly aren't limited to:

  • Deciding upon the specific shape and size of a dynamic with the person or people involved. 
  • Having changes to a dynamic over time. 
  • Separating different dynamics within a single relationship (i.e. someone could be one’s spouse, one’s bottom, and one’s business partner.)
  • Taking time to establish a dynamic with a new partner before deciding on what might work best in the long term. 

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