Wikis > Compassion Definitions > Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is when we evaluate an individual to be responsible for negative outcomes, we tend to feel very little compassion and a lot of anger; when responsible individuals suffer as a consequence of their offensive behaviors, we feel morally guided, justice-based pleasure/satisfaction.

Schadenfreude: an emotional reaction defined as taking pleasure in another’s misfortune.

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