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Malicious pleasure: schadenfreude at the suffering of another group.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12757139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two studies examined intergroup schadenfreude--malicious pleasure at an out-group's misfortune. Study 1 showed that schadenfreude regarding a German loss in soccer was increased by interest in soccer and threats of Dutch inferiority. The effect of inferiority threat was especially strong for participants less interested in soccer; the more interested showed relatively high schadenfreude. Study 2 replicated these effects by showing a similar pattern of schadenfreude regarding losses by Germany and Italy in another setting. However, schadenfreude toward legitimately superior Italy was lower when a norm of honest and direct expression was made salient to participants lower in soccer interest. These results establish schadenfreude as an emotion that is moderated by the salient dimensions of particular intergroup relations.
Colin Wayne Leach; Russell Spears; Nyla R Branscombe; Bertjan Doosje
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality and social psychology     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0022-3514     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  2003 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-21     Completed Date:  2003-12-12     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014171     Medline TA:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  932-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz 95064, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Conflict (Psychology)*
Emotions / physiology
Interpersonal Relations*
Soccer / psychology
Social Identification*
Stress, Psychological / psychology*
Students / psychology

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