What are the characteristics of a sadist?
Individuals possessing sadistic personalities tend to display recurrent aggression and cruel behavior. Sadism can also include the use of emotional cruelty, purposefully manipulating others through the use of fear, and a preoccupation with violence.
Can you be diagnosed as a sadist?
Sexual sadism disorder may be diagnosed in patients who deny that they have fantasies or urges related to sexual arousal triggered by the pain or suffering of others if these patients report multiple sexual episodes of inflicting pain or suffering on a nonconsenting person.