Sadistic Personality Type

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Character Strengths and Virtues

  1. Disposition to command, disposition to dominate, leadership, strength, powerfulness, authoritativeness, responsibleness.
  2. Orderliness, conservatism.
  3. Discipline, self-control, self-restraint, craftiness, shrewdness, benevolence, protectiveness, generosity, liberality.
  4. Purposefulness, goal-directedness, expediency, practicality, pragmatism, disposition to achieve, disposition to accomplish, productiveness.
  5. Bravery, fearlessness, fortitude, toughness.
  6. Energy, activeness, aggressiveness, adventurousness, assertiveness, confidence, competitiveness.

Traits or Behaviors



Good/Bad Matches


Management Style



Real World




power, being boss, dominating others, leadership, command, control, strength, competence, responsibilities, control of groups, fighting battles, confidence, taking responsibility, authority, hierarchical structures, being in charge, discipline, rules of order, expedience, goals, accomplishing objectives, getting the job done, success, action, adventure, asserting oneself physically, competition, competitive sports, winning, conflict, knowing how to take, use, manipulate, and keep power, sex, excitement of the win to come, combat, violence, sense of purpose,


submissiveness, weakness, chaos, unclear lines of authority, weak leadership, uncertain responsibilities, undisciplined people, people who do not follow orders and rules, concern for the interests and feelings of others, failure, disobedience of others, compromising, sensitivity, emotions in others, disloyalty, boredom, losing, peace, lack of power, serious competitive threats, defeat, not being in control, submitting to a greater power, relaxing

Noteworthy Examples

Bella Abzug, Alexander the Great, Bruno Bettelheim, Al Capone, Fidel Castro, Jeffrey Dahmer, Bette Davis, Hans Eysenck, Betty Friedan, Indira Gandhi, G.I. Gurdjieff, Saddam Hussein, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jim Jones, Martin Luther King Jr, Norman Mailer, Mao Zedong, Golda Meir, Napoléon Bonaparte, Pablo Picasso, Mario Puzo, Frank Sinatra, Mickey Spillane, Joseph Stalin, Michael H. Stone.


John M. Oldham and Lois B. Morris (1995). The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love and Act the Way You Do. New York: Bantam.

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