Sadism involves deriving pleasure through others undergoing discomfort or pain. Theopponent-process theoryexplains the way in which individuals not only display, but also enjoy committing sadistic acts.[clarification needed]Individuals possessing sadistic personalities tend to display recurrent aggression and cruel behavior.Sadism can also include the use of emotional cruelty, purposefullymanipulatingothers through the use offear, and a preoccupation with violence.
|Spineless sadism||Includingavoidantfeatures||Basically insecure, bogus, and cowardly; venomous dominance and cruelty is counterphobic; weakness counteracted by group support; public swaggering; selects powerless scapegoats.|
|Tyrannical sadism||Includingnegativisticfeatures||Relishes menacing and brutalizing others, forcing them to cower and submit; verbally cutting and…|
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