Boredom is the most neglected aspect of mental health, however an idle mind is known to be more prone towards negative behavior. While sadistic behaviour (i.e., harming others for pleasure) is well-documented, past empirical research is nearly silent regarding the psychological factors behind it.
Feeling bored can be a factor in setting off sadistic behavior is finding of a study conducted by a team of researchers at Aarhus University. The findings are published in a paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
The researchers tried to close this gap by suggesting that boredom plays a crucial role in the emergence of sadistic tendencies. Across 9 diverse studies, the researchers have provided correlational and experimental evidence for a link between boredom and sadism.
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