Stefano Pagliaro, Marco Brambilla, Francesco Di Prinzio, Manuel Teresi

Observing schadenfreude: Expressing pleasure at others' misfortune predicts avoidance

  • Abstract

Informations and abstract

Keywords: Schadenfreude; Impression Formation; Avoidance.

In two studies, we examined how individuals who express “schadenfreudeµ – that is joy at an other’s suffering – are perceived by the observers. Study 1 (N = 90) showed that actors expressing “schadenfreudeµ elicit a more negative impression and more avoidance intentions than those who display a general negative behavior. Study 2 (N = 90) showed that such an effect did not depend upon participants’ competition with the target of the observed schadenfreude. Together the findings showed that observing the public expression of schadenfreude has meaningful implications for social relations and interpersonal perception.

Trova nel catalogo di Worldcat

Article first page

Article first page