We have all watched movies or heard of someone who was sexually molested or abused and inflicted with so many injuries or was found bound and abandoned. Most times we hear of such cases, the victim is usually found dead or maimed and traumatised.
Often, we find ourselves wondering what would drive a normal human being to performing such an inhumane act. However, according to a study in sexual disorders, such individuals aren’t normal but suffer what is referred to as sexual sadism.
This is a pattern in which a person, usually male is intensely sexually aroused by the act or thought of inflicting physical or psychological suffering on others, such as blindfolding, restraining, humiliation, cutting, strangling and in extreme cases, killing.
Sexual sadistic personalities usually imagine having control over a sexual victim who is terrified by the prospect of the sadistic act. At times though, they carry out the action with consenting partners who are usually masochistic ( a person who has intense sexual urges and fantasies that involve being humiliated, beaten, bound or otherwise made to suffer.)
Non consenting partners are usually those who end up being murdered after being sexually and physically abused. In both cases, real or fantasized victim’s suffering is the key to sadist’s arousal.
Fantasies of sexual sadism may appear in childhood and develop and occur in adulthood. Sometimes, a sexual sadist may only be viewed as a cruel person and the severity of the cruelty advances with years. Such individuals are highly dangerous to other people.
One may wonder what causes sexual sadism. Those who study behaviour suggest that while inflicting pain, perhaps unintentional on an animal or person, an adolescent may feel intense emotions sometimes with inclusion of sexual arousal. The pattern between inflicting pain and being sexually aroused sets the stage for a pattern of sexual sadism.
Psychodynamic theorists suggest that people with sexual sadism are people who have underlying feelings of sexual inadequacy or insecurity and inflict pain in order  to achieve a sense of power which in turn increases their sexual arousal.
Sexual Sadism is treated by aversive  conditioning whereby techniques are used in therapy to reduce appeal of sexual sadism by associating the individual with physical or psychological discomfort such as electrical shock and presentation of sadistic images.
Shocking, right?
Ladies unless you are masochistic, when you notice any sign of sexual violence in a man, you should run for your life; literally.

Adapted from the topic sexual disorders in the book of Abnormal
Psychology by Ronald J. Comer

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