So that study on sadism I’ve been meaning to talk about for weeks.
Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others — when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable, even exciting. New research suggests that this kind of everyday sadism is real and more common than we might think.
So does regular interaction on the internet, and it’s very depressing. I mean really depressing. I don’t like realizing that a lot of people like to inflict pain just for the hilarity of it.
To test their hypothesis, they decided to examine everyday sadism under controlled laboratory conditions. They recruited 71 participants
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