tantalism

tantalism

(ˈtæntəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) obsolete a form of punishment similar to or as severe as that suffered by Tantalus

tantalism

Obsolete. a form of teasing or harassment in which a hope of some good or benefit is instilled in the victim, only to be repeatedly dashed and the reward shown to be unattainable.
See also: Behavior