How natural is it to feel pleased when another person suffers? Recent findings with kids show that schadenfreude is easily evoked when linked with moral emotions and jealousy. Read More
Guilt and shame are overlapping but distinctively experienced emotions. Read More
How can we know when negative emotional reactions to increasing wealth are due to envy or to righteous indignation? What difference does this make? Should we think in terms of two types of envy, benign or malicious? Read More
Sometimes witnessing the humiliation of others can be gratifying. Why? Read More
How do psychologists distinguish the emotions of envy and jealousy? Read More
For some, the bungled roll out of the Affordable Care Act provides the guilt-free schadenfreude of a lifetime. Read More
Why do we feel goosebumps when watching Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream speech? It may be because goosebumps have an important link with awe and envy. Read More
The young Mark Twain knew a boy who worked on a steamboat. Twain felt a "tranquil contentment" when this boy's boat blew up. Why? Read More
Richard H. Smith, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky, studies social emotions.
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