Sadistic PD (personality disorder), commonly known as sadism, is a common behavioral disorder, characterized by long-lasting, dangerous patterns of maladaptive, motivated behavior, wherein the sadistic individual derives pleasure by inflicting pain and suffering on others. A ruthless, aggressive, devious, and mortifying behavior shown to other people is the main feature that sets sadism apart from all other personality disorders.
Following are the six major sadism symptoms seen in individuals before, after, or during puberty:
- A characteristic behavior marked by sheer impoliteness, indecency, and aggressiveness.
- Sexual excitement and satisfaction achieved by inflicting pain and suffering on other person, especially the romantic partner.
- The patient spends anomalous amounts of time thinking about harming other people.
- Tendency to have intense and persistent sexual desires relating to inflicting physical and mental agony on other people.
- Intense, recurring urges to derive sexual pleasure by inflicting pain on the romantic partner or a person of opposite or same sex.
- They are highly fascinated by torture, injuries, weapons, violence, martial-art, and brutalities of all types.
A sadist is least concerned about anyone around him as well as for animals and seemingly derives pleasure and contentment by harming, beating, or humiliating them. Loutishness, offensiveness, and hostility are common features that distinguish the social relationships of a sadist. They exhibit a distinctive, rigid behavior pattern that remains unswerving in all social and personal situations, thereby significantly deteriorating the social and occupational functioning of an individual. In short, sadism is a kind of a personality disorder wherein the patient feels amused by inflicting physical or psychological distress on other individuals and gains pleasure or sexual arousal by threatening and dominating others.
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