schadenfreude

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ysabel, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5


    Apparently, only the Germans could come up with a word for it. :p


    At first I thought it sounds cruel but it most likely happens more than we are willing to admit. :)

    My friend does this on purpose. When he's feeling down, he'd go to youtube fail blog and he'd feel better after seeing videos of people less fortunate than he is. :lol:

    Although I don't wish it for others, I must admit that when I see some who are in a worse position than I am, I feel better about my life and my problems seem more trivial. :nod:
     
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  2. SuiGeneris

    SuiGeneris blue 3

    Unless you are one of my cloes friends, or someone I care about your misfortune does put my life in perspective. Thats just how it is. And yes I laugh. :)
     
  3. Boredie

    Boredie In need of Entertainment

    It does make you feel better in some respect knowing that your life is better than another, but I don't think we should feel joy that another person's suffering.

    But those who post the videos are not ashamed of people seeing their misfortunes, otherwise they wouldn't do it.
     
  4. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    Sometimes, that's part of the misfortune...when they're not even aware they fail and are even proud. :)
     
  5. Sim

    Sim Registered Member

    As we are on the topic: I haven't seen anything that funny in quite a while.

    YouTube - afro ninja
     
  6. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    Exactly the type of videos my friend would watch. :nod:
     
  7. Hiei

    Hiei The Hierophant

    I knew there had to be a word for it.

    This is exactly the kind of thing that I find funnier than anything else. Gets me laughing harder, longer, and more powerfully. Nothing beats other peoples misfortune.
     
  8. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

    anyone who has ever been a stepmom to a kid with a crazy mother knows exactly what schadenfreude is all about.

    :-/
     
  9. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Shadenfreude . . . doesn't that translate into English as "Darwin Award"?
     

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