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IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   Schadenfreude based on fear Deep-rooted fears around survival, including concerns about social identity and fairness, can lead us to see others as less than human and experience schadenfreude (joy at another’s pain), suggests research from Emory University in the US, published in New Ideas in Psychology. Drawing on evidence from three decades of social, developmental, personality and clinical research into schadenfreude, Shensheng Wang and colleagues propose a “tripartite motivational model” consisting of three sub-types of […]

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