Schadenfreude The Joy of Another's Misfortune - Wellcome Collection

Hardback (18 Oct 2018) | English

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Synopsis

'A delightful book, full of jokes and confessions' Guardian 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.

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Wellcome Collection

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Wellcome Collection publishes books that explore health, medicine and the complexities of the human condition, from bestselling narrative non-fiction such as Forensics by Val McDermid, to award-winning illustrated titles such as The Sick Rose. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.

Book information

ISBN: 9781781259085
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Pub date:
DEWEY: 152.42
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 148
Weight: 258g
Height: 136mm
Width: 205mm
Spine width: 21mm