Study: Sadism more common than people think

Salon:

People who enjoy being cruel are scarily prevalent, new research says.

There may be more sadists lurking in our midst than we’d like to think, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia and the University of Texas at El Paso. After offering a group of college students the chance to play exterminator and kill live bugs, researchers found “acts of apparent cruelty” and evidence of “everyday sadism”-a less pathological variety of deriving pleasure from being cruel.

More than 70 psychology students participated in the study, which they thought was about “personality and tolerance for challenging jobs.”

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