12 Dec '11, 7am

Schadenfreude! People with low self-esteem more likely to enjoy others' misfortune, study says

(KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - People with low self-esteem are more likely to enjoy others' misfortune and do so because they feel it is deserved, a study found, reported LiveScience.com. According to the study led by Wilco van Dijk of Leiden University in the Netherlands, people with low self-esteem were more likely to feel threatened by others with good fortune and experience schadenfreude. In psychology, schadenfreude refers to the enjoyment of others' misfortune. 'I think when you have low self-esteem, you will do almost anything to feel better, and when you're confronted with the misfortune of others, you'll feel schadenfreude,' Mr van Dijk told LiveScience.com. The study surveyed 70 undergraduate students who were given two stories about a high-achieving student. In the first, the student seemed likely to get a good job. In the second, the student suffered a big ...

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