Schadenfreude: Understanding Pleasure at the Misfortune of Others

Schadenfreude: Understanding Pleasure at the Misfortune of Others


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When someone suffers a mishap, a setback or a downfall, we sometimes find ourselves experiencing schadenfreude - an emotion defined as deriving pleasure from another's misfortune. Schadenfreude is a common experience and an emotion which is seemingly inherent to social being. This book offers a comprehensive summary of current theoretical and empirical work on schadenfreude from psychological, philosophical and other scientific perspectives. The chapters explore justice as an underlying motive for schadenfreude, and the role played by social comparison processes and envy in evoking pleasure at the misfortunes of others in interpersonal relations. Schadenfreude is also described as a common phenomenon in intergroup relations. This is a compelling volume on a fascinating subject matter that aims to increase our understanding of the nature of this emotion and the role it plays in social relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107017504
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Wilco W. van Dijk is Associate Professor of Psychology at Universiteit Leiden.

Jaap W. Ouwerkerk is an Associate Professor of Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to schadenfreude Wilco W. van Dijk and Jaap W. Ouwerkerk; Part I. Schadenfreude as a Justice-Based Emotion: 2. Morality and schadenfreude John Portmann; 3. Deservingness and schadenfreude N. T. Feather; 4. Hypocrisy and schadenfreude Caitlin A. J. Powell; Part II. Schadenfreude as a Comparison-Based Emotion: 5. The personal comparative concern in schadenfreude Aaron Ben-Ze'ev; 6. Empirical challenges to understanding the role of envy in schadenfreude Richard H. Smith, Stephen M. Thielke and Caitlin A. J. Powell; 7. Malicious envy and schadenfreude Niels van de Ven; 8. Schadenfreude and consumer behaviour Jill M. Sundie; 9. Striving for positive self-evaluation as a motive for schadenfreude Wilco W. van Dijk and Jaap W. Ouwerkerk; Part III. Schadenfreude as an Intergroup Phenomenon: 10. Stereotypes and schadenfreude Mina Cikara and Susan T. Fiske; 11. Schadenfreude in sports and politics: a social identity perspective D. Ryan Schurtz, David Combs, Charles Hoogland and Richard H. Smith; 12. Intergroup rivalry and schadenfreude Jaap W. Ouwerkerk and Wilco W. van Dijk; 13. Situating schadenfreude in social relations Colin Wayne Leach, Russell Spears and Anthony S. R. Manstead; Part IV. Schadenfreude and Related Phenomena: 14. Schadenfreude and laughter F. H. Buckley; 15. Schadenfreude and the desire for vengeance Elise C. Seip, Mark Rotteveel, Lotte F. van Dillen and Wilco W. van Dijk; 16. Schadenfreude and pouting John Portmann; Part V. Schadenfreude in Society, Language, and Literature: 17. Schadenfreude and social life: a comparative perspective on the expression and regulation of mirth at the expense of others Giselinde Kuipers; 18. Tracing down schadenfreude in spontaneous interaction: evidence from corpus linguistics Kurt Feyaerts and Bert Oben; 19. 'Smile not, however, I venture to repeat': schadenfreude in nineteenth-century American literature Diederik Oostdijk; 20. Schadenfreude, concluding notes Agneta H. Fischer.

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