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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.

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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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Couples with a good sex life are more likely to cheat, finds a study

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Couples with a good sex life are more likely to cheat. Imge for representation only

Having great sex life in a relationship has been considered one of the most important factors as that would stop either partner becoming unfaithful. But a new research has found that having a good sex life only is not enough for partners as it may make one’s partner more likely to stray.

Researchers at the University of Florida assessed how newly married couples reacted to other people and found those with active sex lives were more likely to want sex with others

The team documented their sex satisfaction then monitored their interactions with others.

The researchers also found men with a more-attractive wife were less likely to cheat than women with a more-attractive husband . The authors said this sex difference is “consistent with evidence that partner attractiveness to men than it is to women”.

“With the advent of social media, and thus the increased availability of and access to alternative partners, understanding how people avoid the temptation posed by alternative partners may be more relevant than ever to understanding relationships,” the authors said.

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They found that participants who quickly stopped looking at an attractive person were less likely to have affairs during the course of the study. The difference in the length of time of the gaze between ‘cheaters’ and ‘faithful’ people was just fractions of a second.

A person who looked at an attractive person for just a few hundred milliseconds longer was 50 per cent more likely to cheat than someone who stopped looking at the attractive picture.

As well as avoiding looking longingly at others, researchers found that faithful people also ‘downgraded’ how attractive they viewed others.

The authors say that faithful people — when asked to evaluate how good looking other people were — gave lower scores than people who went on to cheat.

At a time when potential romantic partners on social media that could tempt someone to stray is high, the authors say their research is more relevant than ever further suggesting that people who really enjoy good sex are more likely to be unfaithful because they seek out sex with more partners.

Younger people were also more likely to cheat. And men who had previously had lots of short-term sexual partners were also more likely to have an affair, although the opposite was true of women.

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