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Sadism Scale

Personality psychologists tend to separate dark personality traits into four distinct groups. Sadism is one of them.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | August 26, 2023

Sadism, a compelling and enigmatic facet of human personality, is one of the four dark dimensions within the Dark Tetrad framework.

Sadism reflects an individual's propensity to derive pleasure, satisfaction, or a sense of dominance from causing physical or emotional harm to others. As a sinister counterpart to empathy and compassion, this personality trait unveils a distinct and unsettling dimension that probes into the darker recesses of human nature.

Research led by the influential personality psychologist Delroy Paulhus provides a convenient way to measure sadistic tendencies in clinical and sub-clinical populations.

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Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.

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Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Paulhus, D. L., Buckels, E. E., Trapnell, P. D., & Jones, D. N. (2020). Screening for dark personalities. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.