Sadism and Everyday Sadists




  1. the tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain, suffering, or humiliation on others.
    • (in general use) deliberate cruelty.


Sadism is very bubbly in social intercourse these days.  It is often overlooked as a sexual  category.  But it is very much an every day social intercourse category.

Just as careful studies have come to understand Narcissistic Personality Disorder,  social science long ago recognized and defined ,  Sadistic Personality Disorder.


Sadistic Personality Disorder

This disorder is characterized by cruel, aggressive, manipulative, and demeaning behavior directed towards others. Abusiveness and violence are common in the sadist’s social relationships, because the sadist lacks concern for people and derives pleasure from harming or humiliating others. Or setting others up for losses.
Sadistic personality disorder was once defined as a mental illness, but over time, sadism is come to be considered more of a lifestyle choice or a personality quirk or trait.
While most people try to avoid hurting others — and will feel guilty, remorseful, and distressed if they do hurt someone intentionally or unintentionally — an everyday sadist enjoys being cruel and may find it exciting.
Listed below are the types of various social sadists we seem to tolerate in society without much alarm:

Explosive sadist. When disappointed and/or frustrated with their lives, humiliated or hopeless, they lose control and seek revenge for the mistreatment to which they feel subjected. They are known for being unpredictably violent. This manifests through tantrums, fearsome attacks on others, especially family members, and uncontrollable rage.

Tyrannical sadist. They are frightening and cruel because they appear to relish the act of menacing and brutalizing others; forcing their victims to cower and submit gives them satisfaction.

Enforcing sadist. They tend to be military sergeants, deans of universities, prison overseers, police officers or people with other authoritative functions who feel they should be the ones controlling and punishing people who have broken rules, regulations or laws.

The Sea Organization would attract such personalities under the banner of, “Putting ethics in on the planet.”  And then under any other policing banner available.

Spineless sadist. They are typically deeply insecure and act like cowards. In anticipation of real danger, they project their hostile fantasies and strike first, hoping thereby to forestall their antagonist and ask questions later. They use aggressive hostility to send the message to others that they aren’t intimidated or fearful, so that they can control their inner feelings and display the exact opposite of how they actually feel. They seek out scapegoats to gang up on, which allows them to assault the exact things that exist within themselves that they want to deny.

Everyday sadist. There is a renewed interest in studying subclinical sadism as a personality trait, said Walfish. Subclinical psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and everyday sadism form the so-called “Dark Tetrad” of personality.

“These people aren’t necessarily serial killers or sexual deviants but they gain some emotional benefit in causing or simply observing others’ suffering,” said Walfish.

“The type of person the study is referring to are, for instance, the co-worker who repeatedly humiliates you and smiles or appears to reap pleasure from hurting you. If you self-advocate and say something that inflames your co-worker, she retaliates with evil revenge, further humiliating you.”

Your average person out here does not feel good to see someone harmed attacked suppressed stalked and humiliated in an attempt to nullify them or socially torture them.

Current social studies list various possible causes for these disorders.