(Gifted) What has been your favourite read so far this month?
Synopsis: "Schadenfreude - enjoying the pain and failures of others - is an all-too-familiar feeling. It has perplexed philosophers & psychologists for centuries but, in a time of polarised politics, twitter trolls & 'sidebars of shame', has never been more relevant. Recent studies have shown that we smile more at a rival's loss than at our own success. But why can it be so much fun to witness another's distress? And what, if anything, should we do about it?
In Schadenfreude, historian of emotions Tiffany Watt Smith offers expert insight and advice. Ranging across thinkers from Nietzsche to Homer Simpson, investigating the latest scientific research, & collecting some outrageous confessions on the way - she reveals how everyone, babies, nuns, your most trusted friends, are enjoying your misfortunes. But rather than an emotional glitch, she argues, Schadenfreude can reveal profound truths about our relationships with others & our sense of who we are.
Frank, warm & laugh-out-loud funny, Schadenfreude makes the case for thinking afresh about this much-maligned emotion - & perhaps, even, embracing it."
I think I can confidently say that there is not one single person out there who has not felt "schadenfreude" at least once in their life. I would even go so far to say that experiencing it is part of human nature.
It's with that in mind that I feel that everyone can benefit from reading this little gem of a book. The author, Dr Tiffany Watt Smith, has written a wonderful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny assessment of the phenomenon that I devoured in the time it took to savour a mug of tea.
It's both educational & entertaining & I think I'll be gifting a few copies this Christmas... Thank you so much to @profile.books for sending me this free book!
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