Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune

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Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune

Hardback by Tiffany Watt Smith

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Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune

Schadenfreude - enjoying the pain and failures of others - is an all-too-familiar feeling.

It has perplexed philosophers and psychologists for centuries but, in a time of polarised politics, twitter trolls and 'sidebars of shame', has never been more relevant.

Recent studies have shown that we smile more at a rival's loss than at our own success. But why can it be so much fun to witness another's distress? And what, if anything, should we do about it?

In Schadenfreude, historian of emotions Tiffany Watt Smith offers expert insight and advice. Ranging across thinkers from Nietzsche to Homer Simpson, investigating the latest scientific research, and collecting some outrageous confessions on the way - she reveals how everyone, babies, nuns, your most trusted friends, are enjoying your misfortunes.

Product Information:
• ISBN: 9781781259085
• Author: Tiffany Watt Smith
• Publisher: Profile Books
• Format: Hardback
• Pages: 148
• Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.5 x 1.5cm

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