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Schadenfreude

Why We Love to Gossip

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Office gossip is alive, flowing freely and -- depending on your point of view -- either as natural as casual conversation or a pathogen infecting morale, productivity and even health. Adding to the darker view, gossip may be a special problem for women -- its most able practitioners and, perhaps, its most vulnerable targets.

Here's 2 Minutes Of Disney Characters Falling Down

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 07.26.2014 | Weird News

How's that song go? Slippity doo-da? Apart from falling in general, one of the worst parts of being a professional costume actor has got to be the ...

Facts on ACA Put Senator Ted Cruz in a Tight Spot on TV

Don Elkins | Posted 06.03.2014 | Media
Don Elkins

Social media did something astounding; it gave regular people a chance to directly and publicly tell Mr. Cruz what they think of the policy and what they think of him personally -- and they took full advantage of it.

Why America Likes the DC on TV: Schadenfreude

Caitlin Klevorick | Posted 05.07.2014 | Entertainment
Caitlin Klevorick

So what draws us to these shows especially at a time when the public has so much disdain for government? Why does there seem to be an inverse relationship between "approval ratings" of the shows and the real-life counterparts of their characters?

You May Feel Guilty For Schadenfreude, But Research Shows It's Only Natural

Posted 11.01.2013 | Healthy Living

Why is it that misfortune that befalls certain people can make us feel empathetic and wanting to help, while misfortune that befalls others can actual...

Four Rules of Happiness That You Can Ignore

Valerie Alexander | Posted 10.01.2013 | Good News
Valerie Alexander

Happier people are more productive, live healthier lifestyles, make better parents, and so on. But have we gotten to the point where happiness is a burden? Where the things we're supposed to do to "be happy" are causing more stress than joy?

Why Are Humans So Cruel?

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.07.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Recent science is shedding light on this question, and the main culprit at work seems to be envy. The more we envy someone, the more pleasure we derive when that person meets some horrid end.

Did Steve Jobs Ruin the World?

Tom Green | Posted 07.29.2013 | Comedy
Tom Green

Thank you Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg for making Schadenfreude convenient. It's as if we are enjoying the spectacle so much that we haven't noticed the cameras are now pointed at us. Who is laughing now?

The Best Popsicle Jokes Are The Saddest Ones

Posted 05.10.2013 | Arts

"How many lives does a cat have?" "One." Popsicle stick jokes just got a whole lot funnier with Matt Moore and Jason Kreher's Schadenfreezers. ...

How the Bobbsey Twins Taught Me Envy

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.12.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

My memories of reading The Bobbsey Twins brings back the first taste of pressing my face against a world I desperately wanted, and yet could believe in no more than I believed in Santa Claus.

Sports Schadenfreude

Lewis Krell | Posted 08.15.2012 | Sports
Lewis Krell

My sports related conversations now revolve more around who I hate and why rather than who I cheer for. I believe this is a wonderful thing, sports has become one of our only bastions for letting our hate out in healthy ways.

What's The Big Deal About Mike Kelley's Death?

Posted 02.02.2012 | Arts

Mike Kelley died of an apparent suicide in his bathtub a few days ago in Southern California. He was perhaps the most influential artist to emerge in ...

Schadenforty

Melanie Notkin | Posted 11.05.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I live in a world of Schadenfreud, New York City, where a woman over 40 is often single and childless, as well as powerful, beautiful, and fit -- and where she is picked on by the newspaper she wakes up to every morning.

WATCH: Drunk Cubs Fan Depressed In Wrigleyville On Cubs' Day Off

Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago

Drunk Cubs fan Colleen Henneman is not looking forward to this weekend. Even though the weather is expected to be pleasant, things are quiet in Wrigle...

Understanding Why Schadenfreude Feels So Good

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

A schadenfreude moment isn't shared with others. No, it's a moment of silent glee. We all do it; we just don't talk about it. Dark chocolate never tasted so good.

Looking Away from the Train Wreck

Carine Fabius | Posted 08.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carine Fabius

What is it about train wrecks? Why can't otherwise decent people look away from mayhem, blood, end-of-life scenarios and the personal tragedies of fellow human beings?

It's the Age of Metaphor -- Literally

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media
Robert E. Murphy

The trendy word that I've noticed most lately is "metaphor." This used to be confined mainly to academia, but in the past few years it has broken out like a rash among the general population. I am curious about how such trends get started.

The Neurology Of Schadenfreude

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

It's fair to say that Red Sox and Yankees fans dislike each other as much as fans of any two teams playing today. Which makes those fans an obvious choice for studying rivalry and aggression.

WATCH: The Best Winter Fails

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Some people see snow in the forecast and they get excited, eagerly awaiting all the snowball fights and romantic winter strolls that are in their imme...

Are You A Hero Or Just Part Of The Herd?

Kathy Kastan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathy Kastan

Nietzsche and Kierkegaard described herd mentality as people acting at the same time in the same way with no thought of consequences or a sense of responsibility for their actions.

My Christmas Present to Humanity

Anne Vitiello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Anne Vitiello

According to Scientific American, the experience of Schadenfreude activates the same pleasure center of the brain as does a good meal.

Television -- and America -- on the Couch

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Jim Taylor

It seems as if every time we turn on the television, open a newspaper, or go on line, the bad guys are winning. Television shows are a projection of anxiety and discontent that many in America experience.

I Saw You on Intervention

Mike Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mike Gellman

I like seeing people fucked up, but I also like knowing they'll get better. There's nothing like a hobo story with a happy ending.

Why Terrible Sporting Errors Are So Compelling

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Alan Elsner

Why do we remember such disasters decades later? Is it schadenfreude, our fascination and guilty pleasure at the pain of others?

Mighty Movie Podcast: Troblins? Michael Paul Stephenson on Best Worst Movie

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Have no doubt, I love bad movies. I still have fond memories of the first time I stumbled onto Robot Monster, back in the days when local broadcast te...