Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune

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 when... the boss calls himself "Head of Pubic Services" on an important letter. a cool guy swings back on his chair, and it tips over. a Celebrity Vegan is caught in the cheese aisle. a An entertaining and insightful exploration of schadenfreude: the deliciously dark and complex joy we've all...

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Title:Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune
Author:Tiffany Watt Smith
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316470309
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages pages

Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune Reviews

  • Andrienne
    Dec 29, 2018
    Loved this delicious book on how to deal with Schadenfreude-how to justify, what it means, what benefits and so on. It contains lots and lots of samples for a good snicker or two before each chapter. ...
  • ~*kath*~
    Jan 21, 2019
    I had to jettison this one, it was just so dry and dull that I couldn't keep going. ...
  • Cynthia
    Dec 28, 2018
    A nice, quick reading palate cleanser. ...
  • Alan Baxter
    Dec 25, 2018
    This was an excellent book. Fascinating, entertaining and, at times, somewhat confronting. Hugely enjoyable. ...
  • Robert
    Feb 09, 2019
    I hope many others read this. It's short, funny, and very interesting. ...
  • Jay
    Jan 29, 2019
    Schadenfreude The Joy Of Another?s Misfortune By Tiffany Watt Smith Reviewed by Jay Gilbertson Who isn?t fascinated by human emotion? Pair that with a person you admire in that complex envious-nearly-coveting-way while they are showing you their brand-new pricy pickup, the...
  • Tai Tai
    Dec 27, 2018
    insightful and deliciously 'freude ...
  • Claudia
    Nov 03, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for honest review. :) I'm not sure this book was for me. The subject matter was interesting to me because I had never heard of the term "Schadenfreude" before, but I realized quickly that it's something I'...
  • Mugren Ohaly
    Dec 02, 2018
    The premise is that people find pleasure in other people?s misfortune. That is somewhat misleading because she lists sport as an example. When the team you support wins because the opponent misses a shot, you are obviously going to be ecstatic. We don?t need a fancy word for that. ...
  • Noxulula
    Jan 20, 2019
    Light read. It seemed to be one example of Schadenfreude after another with very light theory in between ...
  • Matt
    Sep 21, 2018
    An excellent fun read. I was lucky enough to see the Author give a short talk about her book and it intrigued me enough to read it. An wry look at that most un-English of feelings! (Not really and furthermore now I feel less guilty, hurrah) ...
  • Kristi Betts
    Sep 18, 2018
    I first heard the word Schadenfreude in the musical Avenue Q. I didn?t even know there was a word for that evil little feeling one has when hearing of someone?s misfortune. This book was an interesting look into this feeling we all have, whether we admit to it or not. I enjoyed the...
  • Carrie
    Jan 04, 2019
    Since the term Schadenfreude (literally joy-damage) has had quite a lot of pub lately (Smith notes from her research that this has been called the Age of), this book is a completely engaging and accessible look at the way we (guiltily) take pleasure at others? misfortune. Though she ...
  • Erikka
    Sep 24, 2018
    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 troubl...
  • Lorelei
    Dec 29, 2018
    Don?t be put off by the subtitle. This witty and entertaining little book describes how our evolutionary need for justice maintains harmonious societies and the awkwardness we all feel with a good dose of deserved commupance. ...
  • Storyheart
    Oct 20, 2018
    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 ...
  • James
    Jan 21, 2019
    At times I wondered why I was reading this. It is often repetitive in its definitions of schadenfreud paired with quotes from famous people describing it again. But I did enjoy this book. Perhaps it was the funny examples that start each chapter, or the amusing examples given to the au...
  • Emily Fritz
    Feb 02, 2019
    This book was long on examples and short on everything else. I was hoping for an in-depth look at the subject, but found the book offered only a cursory glance. This book is good if you are looking for a beginners guide, but you should look elsewhere if you want more information. ...
  • Bookwormthings
    Dec 16, 2018
    Simultaneously a swift read, but also a lot of depth. All the different types of schadenfreude, and why, it is only human, to sometimes enjoy realising someone else has got their comeuppance and it doesn't necessarily make you a bad person. ...
  • Verne
    Dec 05, 2018
    Great book ...
  • Mike
    Oct 12, 2018
    A mystical and almost taboo subject of sorts, schadenfreude has always interested me. This is a well written and informative guide to all things schadenfreude and many examples the author uses, from popular culture references to politician's getting egg on their chin, are funny and tim...
  • Cecile
    Nov 04, 2018
    It?s a neat little book, perceptive and amusing, on a sentiment that we all surreptitiously have felt towards a competitor or a difficult colleague, or even someone we have never met, politician etc, schadenfreude at their minor demise. I am not sure that reading a book on schadenfre...
  • Bethany Barnes
    Dec 07, 2018
    My favorite emotion. ...
  • Marney Stoumbelis
    Feb 10, 2019
    Made me sad for humanity, really for me, but I believed her. This is human. ...
  • Richard
    Jan 07, 2019
    Have you ever laughed at someone slipping on a banana peel? Have you gloated when the other team's star player missed an easy layup? Do you snicker when your obnoxious co-worker comes out of the bathroom trailing toilet paper on their shoe? Welcome to the world of schadenfreude. Tam...
  • Rachel
    Feb 18, 2019
    I quite enjoyed this little bit of social commentary! Funny and highly relatable! ...
  • Nathan
    Sep 25, 2018
    Seeping with a welcome, wry sense of humor, Smith has given us a book that puts on glorious display the inner-workings of that feeling you get when someone (or maybe yourself, depending on the situation) gets their comeuppance. Reveling in that sweet, tasty goodness when someone's give...
  • Aimee
    Dec 15, 2018
    I found parts of this book to be LOL funny. The author takes a topic getting mirth from someone else's mishap. The book dives into psychology, literature, etc. as it examines the topic. The reader may just find that it gives them a little more perspective and possibly more able to laug...
  • Mark Reece
    Feb 12, 2019
    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 philosophical/scientific examination of the subject. As it is, the book tries to do both but achieves neither. The book does have some funny ...
  • Andrew Howdle
    Jan 04, 2019
    Not as profound as the author's book on human emotions, which can be read as a series of mini essays. Being released just before Christmas, this volume is an attempt to reach the whimsical rather than literary market. Schadenfreude, finding joy in another's misfortune, is an ever-incre...