Is sadism normal?

Do humans naturally take enjoyment in the suffering of others? I feel like most (if not all) people secretly enjoy watching others suffer and we just attempt to hide it because we've been raised to believe it's wrong

Is It Normal?
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  • No, sadism is not normal, and neither is masochism. Lots of people will say that it's a normal fetish, and that's their business, because they can think whatever they want. However I think that it's unhealthy for the mind, and that those practices are degrading, and dehumanizing.

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    • Like S and M for life at large? Or only for sex? Those are very different things, the latter of which I would argue is not unhealthy for the mind. Take me for instance, I like seeing women in pain if they consent to it because it gives them pleasure. And even more so do I like inflicting pain on consenting women for sexual pleasure.

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      • S and M stands for sex and money.

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        • Well I'm into that deginition to. But in this context I was referring to sadism and masichism, which go figure, I like in a sexual context. What else does it stand for? I probably like that to.

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      • Yeah, I ain't down with any of that mess.

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        • I know! Just don't say its mentally unhealthy, say, I don't personally see the appeal. I wasn't sure what you meant in your first comment so I'm just clarifying.

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  • Like Sadism for life at large? Or only for sex? Those are very different things. Take me for instance, I like seeing women in pain if they consent to it because it gives them pleasure. And even more so do I like inflicting pain on consenting women for sexual pleasure.

    All in all, I don't think sadism is normal as a whole, and neither is sexual sadism. Sexual sadism is a type of sadism that is not unhealthy in my opinion as long as the acts done are safe, sane, legal and consensual.

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  • Only towards people I don't like. I feel horrible when nice & kind people are hurt, but I feel completely euphoric when ass-holes are hurt (especially when I'm the one hurting them)

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  • I don't enjoy watching others suffer. There is something wrong with you.

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    • I find that hard to believe, most people would probably agree with me.

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  • Enjoying the pain of others, or hurting others may not be 'normal' for all humans, but it is certainly normal for at least some! And thank goodness for that! *smiles*

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  • No, I have too much empathy for people. I even feel bad for people that I know are bad getting hurt. I HATE seeing people suffering so I do not agree with your statement. I don’t have a problem if I’m the one in pain, as long as I don’t have to see others in pain. Completely honest.

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  • I would say it's normal, I wouldn't say it should be practiced.

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