Tiffany Watt-Smith: Schandenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune

Aye Write: Why can it be so much fun to witness another’s distress? And what, if anything, should we do about it? Join Tiffany Watt-Smith as she explores Schandenfreude.

Tiffany Watt-Smith: Schandenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune

About Tiffany Watt-Smith: Schandenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune

Schadenfreude – enjoying the pain and failures of others – is an all-too-familiar feeling. In a time of polarised politics, twitter trolls and ‘sidebars of shame’, it 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, Tiffany Watt Smith argues that rather than an emotional glitch, Schadenfreude can reveal profound truths about our relationships with others and our sense of who we are.

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