Psychology and the human mind are fascinating subjects, it is always interesting to listen to people talk about themselves. So many people love to brag and carry on about how great they are at a sport, with computers, cooking, or whatever their passion is.
It can be tough to be humble when discussing things that excite you; and perhaps people have earned the right to talk about their skills.
After all, I am fairly good at the things I do at work, probably one of the best; but I let my abilities brag for me instead of my mouth. So I always wonder what makes some people want to tell you all about how awesome they are while others have no real interest in doing so.
I do not believe it is an introvert vs. extrovert trait as I am an extrovert. I have my ideas on why I present things the way I do; but I do not know if those same reasons would extend to others.
Anyway… I find psychological articles and scientific examinations of the BDSM world and sadism quite interesting. Such as the ideas that sadism could be driven from examples such as these:
Sadger (1926) proposed that children developed a tendency to sadism when their caretakers both bring sexual pleasure and deny it when initiating toilet training or preventing masturbation.
Friedberg (1956) suggested that teething is the root of sadism.
I would debate Friedberg’s thoughts, why would teething create sadists of some? Does it create masochists of the others? It seems like the feeling of the tooth breaking through, the pain found in that and then suddenly the release, the relief as the tooth breaks though would be more in line with the elation that a masochist would feel than that of a sadist.
I know a few sadists (outside of the BDSM world) that do not enjoy their own personal pain, it is in inflicting it on others that they find pleasure.
Wherever our personal traits come from (and I have to imagine that each of us develop them in different ways) this is an interesting article on sexual sadism, specifically calling out that there is a difference between sadism in a consensual relationship and sadism that is designed to hurt or kill.
It is good to see that writers are identifying the difference between two people playing with whips and chains and an individual who is re-enacting the events in the SAW movies for their personal pleasure.