Disorders of Personality

“Mental cruelty, the wish to humilate and to hurt another person’s feelings, is probably even more widespread than physical sadism. This type of sadistic attack is much safer to the sadist… the psychological pain can be as intense or even more so than the physical… the core of sadism…is the passion to have absolute and unrestricted control over a living being. To force someone to endure pain or humiliation without being able to defend oneself is one of the manifestations of absolute control…”

Eric Fromm later posited that sexual sadism was only one expression of some people’s need to humiliate. Millon (2011) quoted Fromm:

Disorders of Personality: Introducing a DSM/ICD Spectrum from Normal to Abnormal

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