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Have all sadistic people had harsh childhoods (with severe/detrimental violence)?

Asked by: famer
  • Sadists can be born.

    I have a half sister who seems to have been sadistic as soon as she could, my mother informed me even before she left her pram. " She hit your brother with a glass bottle (before she could even walk) and the more he bleed and cried, the more she laughed. One would expect a normal child to have been distressed by this annd would have cried too. None of my other siblings ever protrayed such traits.

  • Not ALL people (sadistic) have had a harsh childhood

    Although it makes sense to say that a person who has had a harsh childhood will most likely grow up becoming sadistic, there are cases where people who have mental conditions that make them possess a sadistic personality. Mental illnesses can make these types of things (mental conditions and/or habits) happen.

  • Not ALL people (sadistic) have had a harsh childhood

    Although it makes sense to say that a person who has had a harsh childhood will most likely grow up becoming sadistic, there are cases where people who have mental conditions that make them possess a sadistic personality. Mental illnesses can make these types of things (mental conditions and/or habits) happen.

  • No not all people who've underwent harsh childhoods will become sadistic.

    I think that its a very biased opinion to say just because someone has had a harsh childhood. I state this because there are a number of people who have gone though horrendous abuse throughout their childhood and have become good people despite the negative treatment they receive. Though by saying such, people still have become bitter, sadistic, and cruel people through the Freudian excuse. But all forms of sadism can be created through the endeavors faced through war,traumatic events in adulthood or through mental illness; such as APD, psychopathy, or even disorders with lack of empathy. Its merely easier to simply say that "Of this person had a rough life and will undoubtedly be sadistic," or "or this persons life was hard which explains his/her sadism." While t is certainly true that sadism can be bread within abusive household and what not, it isn't always the case.

  • There are many other things that could have an effect

    The absence of something in childhood rather than the presence of something could lead to this. Maybe the parents never taught their kids right from wrong or did it the wrong way or even the wrong way for that particular child (say someone was born with a brain that will grow into a sadist unless a very specific parenting type happens to be employed). Or maybe the person turned into a sadist after an experience with adult trauma. War is one possible example. People don't magically become impervious to being emotionally or psychologically effected by things as adults. Childhood is important but sometimes it is too focused on.

    I'll hold off on saying some people are born that way. How do we know it isn't that these people just have very specific requirements for growing up not to be sadists or psychopaths or other sorts of evil and only a very small sliver of them winds up in just the right set of circumstances for it not to happen?

  • No, they haven't.

    Sadism isn't always caused by harsh childhoods. Sometimes, it is simply a mental illness that a person is born with, even if they have had a great childhood. Sometimes there is some kind of one incident trauma that causes it, and sometimes it shows up seemingly out of nowhere. Just as not everyone who has a harsh childhood winds up emotionally traumatized in some manner, all those with good childhoods don't wind up stable.

  • Physical abuse is simply emotional abuse that leaves physical evidence.

    Emotional criticism, condemnation and bullying, with or without physical violence, is what creates "monsters". Perfectly ordinary people tolerate, roll their eyes, participate and laugh - and then wonder why planes fly into buildings and kids shoot up schools. Emotional abuse is a "social activity" in a society that teaches people that it is not safe or "right" to be who you are, openly. It is what makes common "socializing" so "fake", with people lashing out at those who display diversity or at those who resemble people who have attacked their own diversity. Modern society is actually quite anti-social. Even to the extent of being sociopathic, in many regards.


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