Schadenfreude: Why we feel better when bad things happen to other people - Wellcome Collection (Hardback)
  • Schadenfreude: Why we feel better when bad things happen to other people - Wellcome Collection (Hardback)
zoom

Schadenfreude: Why we feel better when bad things happen to other people - Wellcome Collection (Hardback)

(author)
£9.99
Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 18/10/2018
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket

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. But rather than an emotional glitch, she argues, Schadenfreude can reveal profound truths about our relationships with others and our sense of who we are.

Frank, warm and laugh-out-loud funny, Schadenfreude makes the case for thinking afresh about this much-maligned emotion - and perhaps, even, embracing it.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781259085
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 251 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'[Watt Smith] treats each emotion with the expertise of a wine taster, showing how it is formed from a mixture of many other emotions' - Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday 

'Educative, entertaining.' - The Observer 

'Delightful' - Prima 

'A brilliant book' - Roisin Ingle, The Irish Times 

'Witty, informative, undogmatic and thought-provoking... wonderful ' - Jane O'Grady, The Times Higher Education

You may also be interested in...

Untamed
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Paperback
Think Like a Monk
Added to basket
£16.99   £12.99
Hardback
Good Vibes, Good Life
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Surrounded by Psychopaths
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Rebel Ideas
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Talking to Strangers
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Life Lessons
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Hardback
The Art of Rest
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Zero Negativity
Added to basket
£20.00   £14.99
Hardback
How To Do The Work
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Paperback
Surrounded by Idiots
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Happy Sexy Millionaire
Added to basket
12 Rules for Life
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Women Don't Owe You Pretty
Added to basket
The Comfort Book
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.