Being and Nonbeing: The Existential Foundations of the Sadistic Killer

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Abstract

This article aims at a fusion of psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory, and existential phenomenology in conditions first explored by Jean-Paul Sartre and Margaret Mahler. The topic describes the genesis of the sadistic killer, when considered as a once-abused infant, and attempts a subject-oriented existential account prioritizing ontology as notionally revealing. A main contention is that the infant once confronted a fundamental existential terror threatening his own being, occasioned by an abusive mother, that transformed, via an early emotion-driven construction of an unfulfilled partial-self (a self with holes), into a destructive hatred exercised in later encounters with female individuals.

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