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Sadistic people are more likely to seek vengeance

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KATHMANDU — What drives some people to act out of vengefulness more than others? Obviously, sadistic people, who tend to derive pleasure from inflicting pain and suffering on others, according to a new study led by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) psychology professor, David Chester.

Chester and co-author, C Nathan DeWall, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, found that people who derive pleasure from hurting others and watching them suffer are more likely to seek revenge against those who have wronged them.

Sadism is the dominant personality trait that makes such types of people more likely than others to seek revenge, stated a study: “Personality Correlates of Revenge-Seeking: Multidimensional Links to Physical Aggression, Impulsivity, and Aggressive Pleasure” that will be published in a forthcoming edition of the journal Aggressive Behaviors.

“We wanted to paint a picture of the personality of the type of person who seeks revenge. We’re all slighted in our daily lives, but some of us seek revenge and some of us do not. So what kind of person is the person who seeks vengeance?” said Chester.

“The core of what we found is that the person who seeks revenge is a person who tends to enjoy it,” Chester added.

In the study, the team conducted three studies involving 673 students. They were asked to say whether they agree or disagree to a variety of statements, such as “Anyone who provokes me deserves the punishment that I give” and “If I’m wronged, I can’t live with myself until I revenge”.

For this study, Chester and DeWall started with the simple question: “Who are revenge-seekers—and what motivates them?” To answer this question, they conducted three separate experiments involving 673 students at the University of Kentucky.

Study participants filled out questionnaires designed to elucidate someone’s real-life behavior surrounding vengefulness.

“A lot of people don’t want to admit to having certain traits or tendencies that aren’t really savory or socially acceptable, so you have to ask questions in a very specific way,” Chester said in a statement.

“You’re not asking outright, ‘Are you a vengeful person?’ No one would say that they are. But instead, you can use a little bit of subterfuge and get some insight.”

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Int’l conference on entrepreneurship to be held in Dhangadhi

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KAILALI— An international conference on entrepreneurship is being held in Dhangadhi on November 22, 23 and 24 for the promotion of entrepreneurship.

The conference is being organized under the aegis of the Dhangadi Sub-metropolitan City and King’s College, Kathmandu, the Sub-metropolis mayor Nripa Bahadur Wad shared in a news conference here today.

Successful entrepreneurs from various countries and local industrialists will give their presentations in the three-day meet.

Chief of the Research Department at the King’s College Kathmandu, Chittaranjan Pandeya, said such a big and important conference is taking place for the first time outside the Kathmandu.

It is stated that the conference cost is approximately Rs 2.5 million.

Some 200 people will attend the conference which will also include stalls providing information on a range of issues regarding entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills.

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