The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature

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9780199734542: The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature
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"[An] enjoyable book... worth reading for its insights into the dark side of human nature and the delightful drawings that turn up periodically in the text. Created by the author's daughter, Rosanna Smith, these depictions -- a tortoise raising its arm in victory, Aesop's ant and grasshopper sharing a meal -- give the same sense of delight as those drawings that pepper the pages of The New Yorker." --The New York Times"The Joy of Pain presents an enjoyable mix of evidence from experimental psychology, pop culture and literature." -- Wall Street Journal"Smith's portrait of this complex response combines experimental studies with many well-chosen examples drawn from political scandals, biographies, reality-television shows, literature, sitcoms, cartoons and the observations of comedians and satirists. The Joy of Pain is a real joy to read -- and completely painless." --Nature"Smith's The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature, just out from Oxford University Press, is an entertaining explanation of the phenomenon, told through accounts of research as well as Smith's personal experiences and observations of popular culture." --Chronicle Review"An accessible, fun, schadenfreudean romp through pop culture (a contestant embarrasses himself on American Idol), sports (an opponent suffers injury), politics (an economic crisis during the other guy's term), and, of course, religion (the downfall of an ultramoral Christian evangelist)." --Publishers Weekly"Richard Smith's long-awaited book is a profound, thoughtful meditation on one of the most puzzling and disturbing forms of human emotion. Mixing scientific research, popular culture, striking anecdotes, and personal reflection, it is a stimulating, enjoyable, yet unsettling read. I recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in human emotion and motivation -- and to anyone with an abiding curiosity about the peculiar twists and turns of human nature." --Roy F. Ba

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I am grateful that a credible scientist has endeavored to approach this controversial subject. I donât think that I am overreaching when I state that all human beings on earth should understand this concept and acknowledge that it is a part of the human condition, no matter how much we try to deny it...Smithâs easy-to-read and entertaining volume begins a dialog that should take place in the United States and around the globe.

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