Schadenfreude

1 year, 10 months ago

Hi everyone,

Schadenfreude i/ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/ (German: [ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏdə]) is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This word is used as a loanword from German, and is also borrowed in some other languages. (Wikipedia)

So apparently ‘Enjoying other people’s misery’ (that’s what I searched in Google) is called Schadenfreude. And I am, unfortunately, someone who has a lot of this ‘schadenfreude’.
I notice this brightening feeling when I hear or see someone in trouble, it’s like it gives me courage.

Do you guys recognize this feeling and most of all: Do you think there is something to do about it?

01.17.2013 at 9:29 am

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Profile photo of DaJetPlane DaJetPlane (@lytning91) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

I mean it’s one thing to only want to watch others suffer and to seek it out or make it happen, but on a really simplistic level it makes sense that we should all get some sort of positive feeling from witnessing another’s misfortune, simply because of the balance between good and bad.

Seeing someone else in distress sobers you up to how decent your day has gone so far. If you were having a worse day than that person, you probably wouldn’t even have noticed their distress. We’re sensitive to the world around based on our relative perspective during each moment. I

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Profile photo of Frosty Frosty (@iflipvans) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

@lytning91, very well explained. I feal the same way, at least.

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