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Do Torturer's Feel The Pain?

When I watch someone get tortured on TV I cringe up. The more gruesome it is the more I can't stand it, and if the scene drags on for too long I even start to feel a little sick. I'm not sure if it's just me, but even though I'm not being tortured myself, it seems like some sort of empathetic link connects me to the pain- even when it's not real.

So I wondered...how can a person who tortures people in real life deal with this sort of thing. I mean...he probably does deal with it in that he shows up and does his business when needed, but...does it affect him? Imagine it. You take a persons finger- tense with terror and slick with dirt and sweat. You can see their whole body shaking- the pupils of their eyes wide and their mouth muttering something between whine and words. Prayers or pleas, it doesn't matter. You put the vice on their fingernail and twist...slowly. Squeeze. The persons body jerks violently as their howl peels the walls. Spittle froths and flies sloppily from their mouths. And this is just the beginning. This might go on for an hour. Maybe two.

Does he feel a certain amount of the pain he inflicts on the torturer? Does all that torture begin to twist him mentally and emotionally over time? It seems like if the person isn't a psychopath, how could it not?

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Sociopaths don't empathize or feel another's pain. Sometimes they even feel pleasure watching someone suffer.

The good news is -- you're probably not a sociopath. The bad news is -- you probably will never understand one.
 
Maybe I'm the sociopath here, because your misuse of the apostrophe is one of my all time peevs (to the point I srsly want to curse people out) and elicits almost the same response as yours to torture.

Conversely, I have no issue with gory imagery, real or fictional. My first favorite movie at 6 was First Blood. I've deal with a lot of loss (including my best friend being murdered in front of me) until death simply means nothing to me.

Point in case: last Thursday, my friend who changes tires for heavy macheniery had a tire blow up in his face. The hub cap hit him in the head. He lived until Friday night in an unresponsive coma.

I can't say I'm not sad, but it's just nothing new to me.
 
RhythmOvPain;bt11743 said:
Maybe I'm the sociopath here, because your misuse of the apostrophe is one of my all time peevs (to the point I srsly want to curse people out) and elicits almost the same response as yours to torture.

Conversely, I have no issue with gory imagery, real or fictional. My first favorite movie at 6 was First Blood. I've deal with a lot of loss (including my best friend being murdered in front of me) until death simply means nothing to me.

Point in case: last Thursday, my friend who changes tires for heavy macheniery had a tire blow up in his face. The hub cap hit him in the head. He lived until Friday night in an unresponsive coma.

I can't say I'm not sad, but it's just nothing new to me.

Yeah, my grammar is atrocious. I should've blamed my phone, but I'm too tired to lie...

And...holy cow, RoP. I'm guessing your best friend and the friend who died from the tire aren't the same? Either way, that's pretty rough. Is that the reason for your monicker- Rhythm of Pain?
 
From a sociologist POV, most people who torture do so by making their victim "an other", someone less than truly human.
"It puts on the lotion or it gets the hose!"
This enables the torturer to inflict pain with no guilt. If the victim is not a real "person", what's the harm?
Of course, being a sociopath does help.
If you have time to kill, look up the Stanford Prison Experiment (Zimbardo). We're all capable of really bad behavior.
 
kaminoshiyo;bt11745 said:
Yeah, my grammar is atrocious. I should've blamed my phone, but I'm too tired to lie...

And...holy cow, RoP. I'm guessing your best friend and the friend who died from the tire aren't the same? Either way, that's pretty rough. Is that the reason for your monicker- Rhythm of Pain?

My best friend was murdered when I was still fifteen.

Since then, I've lost three more friends.

One to gun violence, one to epilepsy, and just this month my friend got killed by work.

I've lost a LOT of people over the years, though; family members, coworkers, acquaintances.

Death loves to hang around me for some reason. >>
 
It's like anything the torturer would become desensitised to what they are doing after doing it for any period of time, similar to how solders become to killing when in active battle zones in the army, I suppose.
 
H.Brown;bt11856 said:
It's like anything the torturer would become desensitised to what they are doing after doing it for any period of time, similar to how solders become to killing when in active battle zones in the army, I suppose.

But don't they get PTSD and all that. Maybe not extreme versions of it, but to some extent they are psychologically and/or emotionally affected. It's kinda like when you get in a fight. You gain a greater tolerance for pain- maybe to the point of being numb- but the damage is still being done. (not me saying this is so, just wondering...)
 

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