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It's called schadenfreude, and it's that feeling of pleasure at another person's misfortune. Sounds kind of sadistic, but there's actually some pretty solid science behind this unbecoming behavior. Trace explains.

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Feeling pleasure at the misfortune of those you envy is biological (The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences)
http://blogs.princeton.edu/research/2013/10/29/your-pain-my-gain-feeling-pleasure-over-the-misfortune-of-those-you-envy-is-biological-the-annals-of-the-new-york-academy-of-sciences/
"A new study by Princeton University researchers shows that people are actually biologically responsive to taking pleasure in the pain of others, a reaction known as 'Schadenfreude.'"

Their pain, our pleasure: stereotype content and schadenfreude
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nyas.12179/abstract
"People often fail to empathize with others, and sometimes even experience schadenfreude-pleasure at others' misfortunes. One potent predictor of schadenfreude is envy, which, according to the stereotype content model, is elicited by high-status, competitive targets. Here we review our recent research program investigating the relationships among stereotypes, envy, schadenfreude, and harm."

Schadenfreude is a normal human response, study finds
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/10413782/Schadenfreude-is-a-normal-human-response-study-finds.html
"People who take pleasure in the pain of others - especially those they envy - are normal and should not be worried about being thought cruel, a study suggests."

Why do we feel schadenfreude?
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/opinion/smith-schadenfreude-word/
"When other people suffer misfortunes, we feel sorry for them. Or do we? More than we probably want to admit, we sometimes are secretly pleased."

Schadenfreude Explained: Why We Secretly Smile When Others Fail
http://www.livescience.com/17398-schadenfreude-affirmation.html
"When the office slacker makes a mistake that could cost them a pay raise - do you truly feel bad, or do you have to work to hide your smile?"

Their pain, our pleasure: stereotype content and schadenfreude
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nyas.12179/abstract
"People often fail to empathize with others, and sometimes even experience schadenfreude-pleasure at others' misfortunes. One potent predictor of schadenfreude is envy, which, according to the stereotype content model, is elicited by high-status, competitive targets."

Politics, schadenfreude, and ingroup identi?cation: The sometimes happy thing about a poor economy and death
https://psychology.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/combs_et_al_%202009.pdf
"Political campaigns are often characterized by the various events occurring that move the tide in favor of one candidate or another. Each event, depending on which candidate it favors or harms, produces either happiness or sadness for those who care about the outcome."

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