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The joy of pain : schadenfreude and the dark side of human nature

Author: Richard H Smith
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A master at exploring humanity's darker instincts, Smith crafts ingenious experiments to tease out the feelings we won't admit to having, and explains the adaptive reasons for them. We wouldn't be able to survive without these shameful traits, but, according to Smith, it's a slippery slope--schadenfreude and empathy are opposite poles of human emotion, and we must be careful which way we lean. This is an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard H Smith
ISBN: 9780199734542 0199734542 9780199393718 0199393710
OCLC Number: 900698242
Description: xviii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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?
Responsibility: Richard H. Smith.

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Few people confess easily to taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others. Maybe this is why there is no word for the feeling in English. And so schadenfreude, that beguiling German word, is borrowed  Read more...

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Erudite. Enviable. Engaging stories from popular culture, fiction, history, daily life, sports, and science. This will be the book you wish you had written. But instead of schadenfreude, you will Read more...

 
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