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Author Smith, Richard H.

Title The joy of pain : schadenfreude and the dark side of human nature / Richard H. Smith.

Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013]

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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 238 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The highs of superiority -- Looking up by looking down -- Those others must fail -- Self and other -- Deserved misfortunes are sweet -- Justice gets personal -- Humilitainment -- There's something about envy -- Envy transmuted -- Dark pleasures unleashed -- How would Lincoln feel?
Summary Few people will easily admit to taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others. But who doesn't enjoy it when an arrogant but untalented contestant is humiliated on American Idol, or when the embarrassing vice of a self-righteous politician is exposed, or even when an envied friend suffers a small setback? The truth is that joy in someone else's pain-known by the German word schadenfreude--permeates our society. In The Joy of Pain, psychologist Richard Smith, one of the world's foremost authorities on envy and shame, sheds much light on a feeling we dare not admit. Smith argues that schadenfreud.
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Subject Envy.
Failure (Psychology)
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Smith, Richard H. Joy of pain. Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013] 9780199734542 (DLC) 2012044930 (OCoLC)818293684
ISBN 9780199753321 (electronic bk.)
0199753326 (electronic bk.)