Impact of deservingness on schadenfreude and sympathy: Further evidence

W.W. van Dijk, J.W. Ouwerkerk, S. Goslinga

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Abstract

The authors tested the hypothesis that people experience less schadenfreude and more sympathy toward high achievers with deserved achievements who suffer misfortunes as opposed to those with undeserved achievements. The results support the hypothesis and show that this effect is mediated by the perceived deservingness of the misfortune.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-392
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of Social Psychology
Volume149
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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