Tasks are a very important part of D/s relationships. They can be used for training purposes, motivational exercises, as a means of punishment, etc. Ultimately, their underlying purposes end up being the same though: correct an undesirable behavior and/or reinforce the authority of the Dominant as the one that must be obeyed. Some tasks are directly expressed as such, others not so much appearing as ordinary activities that, after enough repetition, become ingrained in the submissive’s mind as something that must be done no matter what.
Tasks used as punishments are often boring, things the submissive doesn’t really like doing at all, otherwise they wouldn’t have any sort of impact on his/her psyche. Some can even be construed as “impossible” to complete to try to instill a change in a more profound manner. Some people react better to certain things than others so, when it comes to this, there’s always a fine line to be taken into account. If the push is too soft, the results may fall short, and the behavior remain unchanged. If it’s too hard, the submissive may feel unfairly treated, build resentments, and bring down the dynamic along with them.
Boring things do have another advantage though. They create an alternate state of mind. The mindless repetition, the droning, tires the brain and, when more attractive stimuli come into play, it becomes easier to control one’s person’s thoughts or actions. I used this basic premise for today’s story, thus concluding three months of this challenge. Only nine more to go. Enjoy, and have a good weekend.
Monday: research the reproduction habits of green crabs in Patagonia;
Tuesday: click the letter “y” every ten minutes;
Wednesday: study 300 paint samples of beige and decide which is the prettiest;
Thursday: handwrite “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” 1500 times;
Friday: look deeply into Janice’s eyes.
“Finally, an easy task…” Steven thought as he fell deeper under her spell.