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Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune

An entertaining and insightful exploration of schadenfreude: the deliciously dark and complex joy we've all felt, from time to time, at news of others' misfortunes. You might feel schadenfreude when...the boss calls himself "Head of Pubic Services" on an important letter.a cool guy swings back on his chair, and it tips over.a Celebrity Vegan is caught in the cheese ...

Title : Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune
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ISBN : 0316470309
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Number of Pages : 176 pages
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  • Nathan

    Seeping with a welcome, wry sense of humor, Smith has given us a book that puts on glorious display the inner-workings of that feeling you get when someone (or maybe yourself, depending on the situation) gets their comeuppance. Reveling in that sweet, tasty goodness when someone's given a karma-induced what-for can sometimes be nothing short of the nectar of the gods; but seriously, what's going on in your head when you're experiencing this? Is it beneficial, or just contributing to your cynical ...more

  • Matt

    An excellent fun read. I was lucky enough to see the Author give a short talk about her book and it intrigued me enough to read it.

    An wry look at that most un-English of feelings!

    (Not really and furthermore now I feel less guilty, hurrah)

  • Andrew Howdle

    Not as profound as the author's book on human emotions, which can be read as a series of mini essays. Being released just before Christmas, this volume is an attempt to reach the whimsical rather than literary market. Schadenfreude, finding joy in another's misfortune, is an ever-increasing human emotion, according to the author, which would seem to be true as it has become the focus of so much modern comedy. I found the book entertaining, but got bored with some of its scatological humour, and ...more

  • Bookwormthings

    Simultaneously a swift read, but also a lot of depth. All the different types of schadenfreude, and why, it is only human, to sometimes enjoy realising someone else has got their comeuppance and it doesn't necessarily make you a bad person.

  • Erikka

    A great little assessment of a curious psychological phenomenon. I appreciated how the author broke down the chapters into categories that seemed to flow nicely from one to the other. I also liked her afterword section that solidified her message succinctly. I will probably have trouble getting this for my library as it is British, but I will certainly look to order it!