and Sexual Disorders
are different theories related to sexual sadism, many stemming from the
psychoanalytic camp. They suggest that childhood trauma (e.g., sexual
abuse) or significant childhood experiences can manifest itself in
sadistic behaviors are typically evident by early adulthood, and often
start with masochistic or sadistic play in childhood. The disorder is
characterized by either intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or
behaviors in which the individual is sexually aroused by causing
humiliation or physical suffering of another person.
typically involves psychotherapy aimed at uncovering and working through
the underlying cause of the behavior.
is good although often there are other issues which may surface once the
behaviors are extinguished. If this is the case, these issues must be
worked through as well.