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Diagnostic Criteria for Sadistic Personality Disorder
A. A pervasive pattern of cruel, demeaning, and aggressive behavior, beginning by early adulthood, as indicated by the repeated occurrence of at least four of the following:
B. The behavior in A has not been directed toward only one person (e.g., spouse, one child) and has not been solely for the purpose of sexual arousal (as in Sexual Sadism).
- has used physical cruelty or violence for the purpose of establishing dominance in a relationship (not merely to achieve some noninterpersonal goal, such as striking someone in order to rob him or her)
- humiliates or demeans people in the presence of others
- has treated or disciplined someone under his or her control unusually harshly, e.g., a child, student, prisoner, or patient
- is amused by, or takes pleasure in, the psychological or physical suffering of others (including animals)
- has lied for the purpose of harming or inflicting pain on others (not merely to achieve some other goal)
- gets other people to do what her or she wants by frightening them (through intimidation or even terror)
- restricts the autonomy of people with whom he or she has a close relationship, e.g., will not let spouse leave the house unaccompanied or permit teen-age daughter to attend social functions
- is fascinated by violence, weapons, martial arts, injury, or torture
Source: American Psychiatric Association.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition, Revised. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 1987. pg. 371.
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