Psych Your Mind: No Pain, No Gain: The Psychology of Self-Punishment | Brains & Things |

The self-punishment we learn as children may continue into adulthood, when we become, in effect, parents to ourselves. Although some adults are more prone to self-flagellation than others, this tendency appears to be common even among psychologically healthy individuals. Research conducted in the field of social psychology suggests at least three major reasons why people might, at times, choose to punish themselves. 

Via Sakis Koukouvis