scha·den·freu·de /ˈSHädənˌfroidə/ noun: Schadenfreude; noun: schadenfreude
pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.
Origin : German Schadenfreude, from Schaden ‘harm’ + Freude ‘joy’.
Schadenfreude From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –
Schadenfreude ; lit. ‘harm-joy’) is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.
Schadenfreude is a complex emotion, where rather than feeling sympathy towards someone’s misfortune, schadenfreude evokes joyful feelings that take pleasure from watching someone fail. This emotion is displayed more in children than adults; however, adults also experience schadenfreude, though generally concealed.
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Schadenfreude is borrowed from German; it is a compound of Schaden, “damage, harm”, and Freude, “joy”. The German word was first mentioned in English texts in 1852 and 1867, and first used in English running text in 1895. In German, it was first attested in the 1740s.
She noted Schadenfreude as an example of such a word, the pleasure that one derives from another person’s misfortune, which is from German Schaden, harm, and Freude, joy. She said an English equivalent does exist — epicaricacy. … Schadenfreude I know it is called. Or epicaricacy, as the English will have it.
(rare) Rejoicing at or derivation of pleasure from the misfortunes of others.
Usage notes : The word is mentioned in some early dictionaries, but there is little or no evidence of actual usage until it was picked up by various “interesting word” websites around the turn of the twenty-first century.
Origin From Ancient Greek ἐπί (epí, “upon”) + χαρά (khará, “joy”) + κακός (kakós, “evil”).
The Japanese have a saying: “The misfortune of others tastes like honey.” The French speak of joie maligne, a diabolical delight in other people’s suffering. In Danish it is skadefryd; in Hebrew, simcha la-ed; in Mandarin, xìng-zāi-lè-huò; in Russian, zloradstvo; and for the Melanesians who live on the remote Nissan Atoll in Papua New Guinea, it is banbanam. Two millennia ago, the Romans spoke of malevolentia. Earlier still, the Greeks described epichairekakia (literally epi, over, chairo, rejoice, kakia, disgrace). A study in Würzburg in Germany carried out in 2015 found that football fans smiled more quickly and broadly when their rival team missed a penalty, than when their own team scored.
“To see others suffer does one good,” wrote the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. “This is a hard saying, but a mighty, human, all-too-human principle.”
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Schadenfreude – a very good word for a very bad state of consciousness.
The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer called it “an infallible sign of a thoroughly bad heart and profound moral worthlessness.”
RC Trench, the archbishop of Dublin, mentioned it in “On the Study of Words”. For Trench, the mere existence of the word was unholy and fearful, a “mournful record of the strange wickednesses which the genius of man has invented”.
In the 1890s, animal-rights campaigner Frances Power Cobbe wrote a manifesto entitled Schadenfreude, identifying the emotion with the bloodlust of boys torturing stray cats for fun.
Do you notice any Schadenfreude around you? Especially examine some of the world’s most influential people – look for “an infallible sign of a thoroughly bad heart and profound moral worthlessness.”
Do you experience any Schadenfreude inside you? Reflect on your intentions toward the world and people around you.
Schadenfreude has been called “empathy’s shadow”, casting the two as antithetical.
This is why Buddha emphasized compassion in his teachings. Compassion is feeling with someone; Schadenfreude is feeling against someone, even though the person appears to be enjoying the feeling. See how devious the human mind can be.
Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen has pointed out that psychopaths are not only detached from other people’s suffering but even enjoy it: “The Germans have a word for this,” writes Baron-Cohen.
So, psychopaths think about other people’s suffering with the purpose of getting enjoyment from it. How close are each of us to becoming psychopaths?
So, is your “Schadenfreude” consciousness stronger or your “empathy” consciousness stronger?
All emotions are “cognitive” – in other words, not simply reactions , but complex cognitive processes requiring us to evaluate our relationship with the universe around us and respond accordingly.
Dostoyevsky knew that schadenfreude and sympathy are not either/or responses, but can both be experienced in the same moment. In Crime and Punishment, Marmeladov is brought, bloodied and unconscious, into the St Petersburg tenement where he lives following an accident, all the residents crowd round. They experience, wrote Dostoyevsky, “that strange sense of inner satisfaction that always manifests itself, even among the victim’s nearest and dearest, when someone is afflicted by a sudden catastrophe; a sensation that not a single one of us is proof against, however sincere our feelings of pity and sympathy”.