Sadism is a psychological disorder that involves deriving pleasure when imposing pain on others. Sadism is defined most directly by the desire and intention to hurt others (verbally or physically) for self-pleasure. Before treatment, it is crucial to find out the source of the sadistic personality.
What causes sadistic personality disorder?
Unfavorable experiences during childhood or in early stages of sexual development are believed to be one of the major contributing factors in the development of a sadistic personality. It has also been observed that sadism or a sadistic personality can also get developed in an individual through learning.
Is being sadistic a mental disorder?
Sadistic personality disorder was once defined as a mental illness, but over time sadism has been considered more of a lifestyle choice or a personality quirk or trait. The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), does include sexual sadism disorder.