Towards understanding pleasure at the misfortunes of others: The impact of self-evaluation threat on schadenfreude.

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

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Abstract

In two experiments we demonstrated that a self-evaluation threat intensifies schadenfreude. Moreover, we showed that a self-evaluation threat predicts schadenfreude in both threat-related and threat-unrelated domains and when controlling for feelings of envy and dislike towards the target and evaluations of the misfortune in terms of deservingness. These findings indicate that another's misfortune may be pleasing because it satisfies people's concern for a positive self-view and a sense of self-worth. © 2010 Psychology Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-368
JournalCognition and Emotion
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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