Originally Posted by Derbylicious
Is it a way to take power back from something that once held power over you? .
I definitely see this as being a motivator in some cases. You see this in other things as well; video games, the military, and almost anything that can give an otherwise seemingly powerless person control.
In this case, I see the Dom role as therapy just as sometimes I see submission being used for therapy. That's how it works for me in submitting; there is therapy contained within the punishment.