Previous studies suggest that severe sexual sadism and psychopathy are phenotypically different, although both are characterized by deficits in emotional processing. According to our results, sexualsadists did not differ from non-sadistic sexual offenders with regard to emotional empathy for either positive or negative stimuli. The results suggest that severe sexual sadism is a distinct, pathological sexual arousal response, not a deficit in emotional processing.
From Empathy in sexually sadistic offenders: An experimental comparison with non-sadistic sexual offenders [via]
Yeah? Did a couple of tests there? Self-reporting and interviews? I see. Right, so I was just reading somewhere about how people feel about scientists when they dig in their heels re: their own hypothesis, rather than act the forever open-minded, glossy crusader of utopian knowledge role (obv. the former doesn’t have a tremendous amount of fans & rightly so). But on that note, consider my heels firmly & passionately planted somewhere else than this experiment. I’ll be in the gin if you need me.