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Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune by Tiffany Watt Smith

Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune

Tiffany Watt Smith

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2 reviews

Category: Psychology, Non-fiction
Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 18 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781781259085

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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4 stars out of 5
Stuart Jeffries
20 Oct 2018

"Tiffany Watt Smith’s delightful book, full of jokes and confessions, divides examples of laughing at others’ misfortunes into good and bad"

But my pleasure curdled when I saw the author photo and blurb. Look at her with her smug scarf, clever hair and face, not to mention a Twitter handle referencing her doctorate. How I hope I’ll be stumbling into discounted piles of her book come January. But it is so delightful that probably won’t happen.
Good grief, that last sentence was hard to write. Taking joy in others’ misfortune is easy; applauding their achievement without rancour much more difficult.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
14 Oct 2018

"Her treatise on one of the most shame-inducing but widespread of all emotions is funny and insightful"

Her treatise on one of the most shame-inducing but widespread of all emotions is funny and insightful. She shows how “the revenge of the impotent”, as Nietzsche described it, touches on subjects that animate us all (from hatred of hypocrisy to the punishment of hubris). She reveals its influence in the workplace and on social media, in politics and in our love lives