Q. What was wrong with him?
A. There are two parts to your question from above. One
is related to spousal abuse and the other is sexual abuse. I think they
can both be understood the same way.
Patrick Carnes writes about sexual addiction. His groundbreaking
Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, describes the
above sexual behavior as an addiction. I think we can extend his explanation
to both verbal and physical abuse of another.
Addictions are compulsive, and involve no deep seated motivations
in the subconscious. What this means is simply that verbal abuse, physical
abuse, and various abnormal sexual acts make the perpetrator feel better.
It is only a little different from drug addiction or alcoholism. They
get relief from the internal tension they feel in much the same way
as the gambler gets relief from gambling or the shopper gets relief
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