Schadenfreude (Hardback)

Why we feel better when bad things happen to other people

Tiffany Watt Smith

A hilarious quest to understand life's ultimate guilty pleasure - in a beautiful gift package

'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.

Publication date: 18/10/2018

£9.99

ISBN: 9781781259085

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Schadenfreude (Ebook)

Why we feel better when bad things happen to other people

Tiffany Watt Smith

A hilarious quest to understand life's ultimate guilty pleasure - in a beautiful gift package

'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.

Publication date: 18/10/2018

£5.99

ISBN: 9781782833819

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B07CLPL1MF

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Schadenfreude (Paperback)

Why we feel better when bad things happen to other people

Tiffany Watt Smith

A hilarious quest to understand life's ultimate guilty pleasure

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

A hilarious quest to understand life's ultimate guilty pleasure

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.

Publication date: 06/05/2021

£7.99

ISBN: 9781781259108

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Reviews for Schadenfreude

'[This] treatise on one of the most shame-inducing but widespread of all emotions is funny and insightful'

 Sunday Times

'[a] delightful book, full of jokes and confessions'

Stuart Jeffries Guardian

Tiffany Watt Smith

Tiffany Watt Smith

Tiffany Watt Smith is a cultural historian and author of two books about the history of feeling On Flinching and The Book of Human Emotions. In 2014, she was named a BBC New Generation Thinker. She is currently a Wellcome Trust research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London, and a lecturer in the School of English and Drama. In her previous career, she was a theatre director.