"So you wanna be a pop star?" Schadenfreude following another's misfortune on TV

W. van Dijk, J.W. Ouwerkerk, G.M. van Koningsbruggen, Y.M. Wesseling

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Abstract

In this experiment we demonstrate that low self-evaluation individuals experience more schadenfreude following an unfavorable performance of a contestant on a TV show after receiving negative feedback on a self-relevant task, as compared with those who received positive feedback. Moreover, we show that high self-evaluation individuals do not differ in their experience of schadenfreude as a function of feedback. These findings corroborate our argument that in a "double whammy" condition (i.e., low self-evaluation and induced self-threat), individuals will be more motivated to restore their self-worth and, consequently, experience more pleasure at the misfortunes of others. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-174
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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