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Its pleasures and how we use other people's miseries to feel better about ourselves Written in an exploratory evocative form it weaves examples from literature philosophy film and music together with personal observation and historical and cultural analysis And in today's world of polarized politics twitter trolls and sidebars of shame it couldn't be timelier Engaging insightful and entertaining Schadenfreude makes the case for thinking afresh about the role this much maligned emotion plays in our lives perhaps even embracing. This year Tiffany Watt Smith s The Book of Human Emotions An Encyclopaedia of Feeling from Anger to Wanderlust will be making my Best of 2018 list So I was overjoyed to get my hands on a copy of her new book Schadenfreude The Joy of Another s Misfortune Ah schadenfreude how I love you Love the sweet somewhat taboo enjoyment of seeing others get their comeuppance If you dear reader occasionally savour the joy of others mistfortune then you ll probably appreciate this book It is a well written and often laugh out loud funny study of all the different flavours of schadenfreude life offers Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for offering me an ARC in exchange for a fair review

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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 whenthe boss calls himself Head of Pubic Services on an important lettera cool guy swings back on his chair and it tips overa Celebrity Vegan is caught in the cheese aislean aggressive driver cuts you off and then gets pulled overyour co worker heats up fish in the microwave then gets food poisoningan urban unicyclist almost collides with a. I think that this book would have worked well either as a list of funny instances of schadenfreude schadenfreude gone wrong or as a serious philosophicalscientific examination of the subject As it is the book tries to do both but achieves neitherThe book does have some funny moments but Smith has several annoying habits The first of these is the pseudo intellectual uirk of uoting great thinkers saying trivial things There is no point to this except to add a pretended gravitas It s as if one was constantly greeted by a colleague who said things like As Aristotle used to say good morning would you like a drink as Einstein often asked The worst example of this is when she accuses Nietzsche of hating Jews black people and gays and being Hitler s favourite philosopher The latter accusation is demonstrably false whereas no uotes or evidence are supplied for the former extraordinary claimsSmith is also fond of starting chapters with generalizations about what we think or feel about various issues No evidence is ever provided for this we and it often feels as if she s simply assuming that everyone has similar feelings to her on the subject These statements are irritating in the same way as articles in newspaper supplements that begin with we re all liberalssocialistsdog loverssocial media addictsother thing nowadays Plainly we re not all anything and I d prefer not to be told that I amIt might have been better to have defined schadenfreude clearly at the start as some of the examples given don t seem to fit Is laughing at the sight of someone with toilet paper stuck to their shoe really taking pleasure at their discomfort It seems to me like laughing at something incongruousHopefully there are no grammatical errors in this review that would enable anyone to feel schadenfreude out of a demonstration of my foolishness Because I don t like to look foolish as Socrates used to say

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Parked carsomeone cuts the line for the ATM and then it swallows their cardyour effortlessly attractive friend gets dumpedWe all know the pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune The Germans named this furtive delight in another's failure schadenfreude from schaden damage and freude joy and it has perplexed philosophers and psychologists for centuries Why can it be so satisfying to witness another's distress And what if anything should we do about it Schadenfreude illuminates this hidden emotion inviting readers to reflect on. Some good logic and analysis here actual discussion and reasons around why it is human to find some passing joy in the brief misfortune of others as well as lots of entertaining examples Nowhere near as mean spirited as it might seem


10 thoughts on “Schadenfreude The Joy of Another's Misfortune

  1. says:

    I think that this book would have worked well either as a list of funny instances of schadenfreude schadenfreude gone wrong or as a serious philosophicalscientific examination of the subject As it is the book tri

  2. says:

    I found parts of this book to be LOL funny The author takes a topic getting mirth from someone else's mishap The book dive

  3. says:

    A wondrous little assessment of a curious human condition I loved the historical and cultural placement alongside the reassurance that it isn’t a modernsocial media thing heaps and heaps of references from ancient great thinkers to the bible As with many things in life empathy for the self and others is key Watt Smith finishes up her analysis by flipping the concept on its head and offering us the idea that Schadenfreude can a

  4. says:

    Not as profound as the author's book on human emotions which can be read as a series of mini essays Being release

  5. says:

    Some good logic and analysis here actual discussion and reasons around why it is human to find some passing joy in the brief misfortune of others as well as lots of entertaining examples Nowhere near as mean spirited as it might seem

  6. says:

    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 c

  7. says:

    duuuulllllllll didn't finish last 30 pages

  8. says:

    A nice uick reading palate cleanser

  9. says:

    This year Tiffany Watt Smith's The Book of Human Emotions An Encyclopaedia of Feeling from Anger to Wanderlust will be making my Best of 2018 list So I was overjoyed to get my hands on a copy of her new book Schadenfreude The Joy of Another's Misfortune Ah schadenfreude how I love you Love the sweet somewhat taboo enjoymen

  10. says:

    This was one of my Daedalus books which means cheap and on it's way out It was written by a cultural historian wh

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