What are the positive aspects of schadenfreude? Can it benefit an individual in some ways? It is a pleasure, first and foremost - and this reminds us that it does play an important role for us.
Schadenfreude is a complex emotion, where rather than feeling sympathy towards someone's misfortune, schadenfreude evokes joyful feelings that take pleasure from watching someone fail. This emotion is displayed more in children than adults; however, adults also experience schadenfreude, though generally concealed. It is to see or have knowledge of someone's misfortune after the harm they have caused you.
When I hear a word not commonly used in my vernacular twice in a period of a few days, I know I need not wait for a third time to explore the concept. It may seem like human nature to wish ill will on someone who wreaks havoc or does harm to others. Better not to evoke bad karma.
I have a confession. Okay, several. I love daytime TV. I smoke, even though I officially gave it up years ago.
Portmann believes Schadenfreude is harmless, a natural and healthy stress-buster. At the other extreme, the sublime ecstasy that psychopaths feel when their lies and bullying and manipulation cause misery to their victims is extremely harmful, and perrhaps addictive. How dangerous and unhealthy is this all-too-human proclivity?
Credit: Getty Images. A new article offers a potential explanation as to why we take pleasure from the misfortune of other people, a feeling known as schadenfreude. This common, yet poorly understood, emotion may provide a valuable window into the darker side of humanity, the review article suggests.
R ecently I went to my corner shop to buy some milk. I found myself pausing by the celebrity gossip magazines. There was the cellulite, the weight gained and lost, the bingo wings circled in red.
After having the issue taken away from them intheir schadenfreude has been epic. There was no shortage of schadenfreudewith Democrats joyfully noting just how dumb those silly, delusional Republicans were. Across the aisle, France's majority Socialist Party has restrained its schadenfreude.
By Harry Pettit For Mailonline. Giggling at the misfortune of others may seem a harmless pleasure, but according to a new study, it could mean you're a psychopath. Scientists have linked taking pleasure in the suffering of others - a feeling known as schadenfreude - to several 'dark' psychological traits.
Admit it: Now and then, you have felt a small twinge of pleasure when a person you know gets some disappointing news. Parents may see it when their children exult in another's difficulties, or feel it themselves when a movie or corporate star experiences a comeuppance. Schadenfreude may not seem desirable, but it may be inevitable.