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A person qualified as having a sadistic personality is defined in psychology as someone who aims to take pleasure in inflicting physical or psychological suffering on another. Sadism is not necessarily sexual in nature, although it is often associated with this domain, and can be observed in certain types of personality that enjoy making another suffer, the other sometimes being an animal. In cases where sadism is of a sexual nature, sexual gratification is obtained through the infliction of pain or humiliation on one or multiple partners. A person exhibiting a sadistic personality typically needs to maintain a dominant relationship with another person, doing so with the aid of different methods, such as lying, harassing, committing violent acts, or intimidating.