Is Schadenfreude A Biological Evolution?

1387 WordsOct 14, 20146 Pages
From a very young age, we begin to compare ourselves to those around us. We compare our body types, our hairstyles, our strengths, and our weaknesses. With every place we go and with every person we talk to, someone is always comparing us to them or vice-versa. Our culture runs on this mentality in many ways and we are constantly challenged to be better than those around us. The societal standard that “I’m better than you” or that “she is better than me” is one that seems to be at the center of our culture. Because of this mentality, many times individuals find themselves scowling at those that receive benefits that they do not have. To go even further, individuals many times seem to find pleasure when those opportunities fail to allow the person to succeed. They find pleasure when another person fails. This anger and resentment the individual feels is termed as schadenfreude. Some psychologists have gone so far as to say that schadenfreude is a biological evolution which developed from competition for resources. The academic journal article, There is No Joy Like Malicious Joy: Schadenfreude in Young Children, takes a deeper look at this claim and examines the presence of schadenfreude in children ages two and three. The concept of schadenfreude is one that needs to be studied by psychologists and scientists alike. Everyone has experienced schadenfreude on some level in their life and many have likely experienced it in a negative way. By furthering research on this topic,
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