Well, I came across this wonderful article and this one on what makes an abuser's mind tick. I've mentioned Jeannie's wonderful blog before but this is worth directing you to just because the post is quite thought-provoking. It's always difficult to understand why 'bad people' do the terrible things they do. What motivates them? How do they justify that?
I think I might do some of my own reading into the subject. See if I can find more reasons behind the abusive mind-set, in and around my scheduled posts on studies of emotion. Probably bore the hell out of you guys but I'm a psychology student so nyah! I can research / post what I want to.
*does the little dance of power*