A hilarious quest to understand life's ultimate guilty pleasure.
'A delightful book, full of jokes and confessions' - Guardian
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, and 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 and our sense of who we are.
Frank, warm and laugh-out-loud funny, Schadenfreude makes the case for thinking afresh about this much-maligned emotion - and perhaps, even, embracing it.
Tiffany Watt Smith is a cultural historian and author of The Book of Human Emotions. Her TED talk 'The History of Human Emotions' has been viewed by more than 4 million people. She regularly appears as an expert contributor on BBC radio and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New Scientist and BBC Magazine among others. She is Reader in Cultural History at Queen Mary University of London, where she is also Director of the Centre for the History of Emotions. In 2018 she was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for her research.
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