Schadenfreude by Tiffany Watt Smith


An entertaining and insightful exploration of schadenfreude: the deliciously dark and complex joy we've all felt, from time to time, at news of others' misfortunes. You might feel schadenfreude when...the boss calls himself "Head of Pubic Services" on an important letter.a cool guy swings back on his chair, and it tips over.a Celebrity Vegan is caught in the cheese aggressive driver cuts you off - and then gets pulled over.your co-worker...

Details Schadenfreude

Release DateNov 20th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Spark
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Audiobook, Social Science

Reviews Schadenfreude

  • Aimee
    I found parts of this book to be LOL funny. The author takes a topic getting mirth from someone else's mishap. The book dives into psychology, literature, etc. as it examines the topic. The reader may just find that it gives them a little more perspective and possibly more able to laugh at themselves next time they do something foolish. Of course, we would never do anything foolish ;).Thanks to Netgalley for providing an advanced reading copy for...
  • Erikka
    A great little assessment of a curious psychological phenomenon. I appreciated how the author broke down the chapters into categories that seemed to flow nicely from one to the other. I also liked her afterword section that solidified her message succinctly. I will probably have trouble getting this for my library as it is British, but I will certainly look to order it!
  • Cynthia
    A nice, quick reading palate cleanser.
  • Storyheart
    This year, Tiffany Watt Smith's The Book of Human Emotions: An Encyclopaedia of Feeling from Anger to Wanderlust will be making my Best of 2018 list. So I was overjoyed to get my hands on a copy of her new book Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune . Ah schadenfreude, how I love you. Love the sweet, somewhat taboo enjoyment of seeing others get their comeuppance. If you, dear reader, occasionally savour the joy of others' mistfortune, th...
  • Nathan
    Seeping with a welcome, wry sense of humor, Smith has given us a book that puts on glorious display the inner-workings of that feeling you get when someone (or maybe yourself, depending on the situation) gets their comeuppance. Reveling in that sweet, tasty goodness when someone's given a karma-induced what-for can sometimes be nothing short of the nectar of the gods; but seriously, what's going on in your head when you're experiencing this? Is i...
  • Carrie
    Since the term Schadenfreude (literally joy-damage) has had quite a lot of pub lately (Smith notes from her research that this has been called the Age of), this book is a completely engaging and accessible look at the way we (guiltily) take pleasure at others’ misfortune. Though she doesn’t belabor a direct correlation, the prevalence of social media and constant news has contributed significantly. When everything looks rosy in someone’s on...
  • Claudia
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for honest review. :)I'm not sure this book was for me.The subject matter was interesting to me because I had never heard of the term "Schadenfreude" before, but I realized quickly that it's something I've felt many times, to my shame. Or not. The author does an excellent job of reassuring the reader that it's something that a lot of people feel.I liked the examples of sch...
  • Kristi Betts
    I first heard the word Schadenfreude in the musical Avenue Q. I didn’t even know there was a word for that evil little feeling one has when hearing of someone’s misfortune. This book was an interesting look into this feeling we all have, whether we admit to it or not. I enjoyed the examples and even laughed out loud at some of them. I appreciated the “Helps” at the end of the book, especially for the realization that everyone fails and it...
  • Mugren Ohaly
    The premise is that people find pleasure in other people’s misfortune. That is somewhat misleading because she lists sport as an example. When the team you support wins because the opponent misses a shot, you are obviously going to be ecstatic. We don’t need a fancy word for that.I don’t need a book that’s nothing but a list of examples of Schadenfreude to tell me that I find joy in knowing that no one’s life is perfect.
  • Mike
    A mystical and almost taboo subject of sorts, schadenfreude has always interested me. This is a well written and informative guide to all things schadenfreude and many examples the author uses, from popular culture references to politician's getting egg on their chin, are funny and timely occurances we experience in every day life.
  • Cecile
    It’s a neat little book, perceptive and amusing, on a sentiment that we all surreptitiously have felt towards a competitor or a difficult colleague, or even someone we have never met, politician etc, schadenfreude at their minor demise. I am not sure that reading a book on schadenfreude is absolutely necessary but it was well reviewed, short, and ultimately enjoyable reading.
  • Lorelei
    Don’t be put off by the subtitle. This witty and entertaining little book describes how our evolutionary need for justice maintains harmonious societies and the awkwardness we all feel with a good dose of deserved commupance.
  • Matt
    An excellent fun read. I was lucky enough to see the Author give a short talk about her book and it intrigued me enough to read it.An wry look at that most un-English of feelings!(Not really and furthermore now I feel less guilty, hurrah)
  • Bookwormthings
    Simultaneously a swift read, but also a lot of depth. All the different types of schadenfreude, and why, it is only human, to sometimes enjoy realising someone else has got their comeuppance and it doesn't necessarily make you a bad person.
  • Andrienne
    Loved this delicious book on how to deal with Schadenfreude-how to justify, what it means, what benefits and so on. It contains lots and lots of samples for a good snicker or two before each chapter.
  • Verne
    Great book
  • Alan Baxter
    This was an excellent book. Fascinating, entertaining and, at times, somewhat confronting. Hugely enjoyable.
  • Bethany Barnes
    My favorite emotion.
  • Tai Tai
    insightful and deliciously 'freude