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    Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    Please answer honestly.

    Schadenfreude: is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others(This German word is used as a loanword in English and some other languages).

    An English word of similar meaning is "gloating", where "gloat" is defined as "to observe or think about something with triumphant and often malicious satisfaction, gratification, or delight" (gloat over an enemy's misfortune).

    Schadenfreude - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    Depends.
    Very person and issue specific.
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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    Depends entirely on the person and in what manner they're trying to succeed. I would, for example, feel extreme pleasure at a rapist's failure (and possible injury).
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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    If they fail at something I do not want them succeeding at then yes I enjoy it when they fail.
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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    As a general question no...I do not wish others to fail. Having said that I am as human as anyone else with likes, dislikes and loathings such as the example tessaque used...so yes there are times I derive great pleasure from the failings of others...

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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    Quote Originally Posted by mattillac View Post
    Please answer honestly.

    Schadenfreude: is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others(This German word is used as a loanword in English and some other languages).

    An English word of similar meaning is "gloating", where "gloat" is defined as "to observe or think about something with triumphant and often malicious satisfaction, gratification, or delight" (gloat over an enemy's misfortune).

    Schadenfreude - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    No! I may envy other's success occasionally, but failure usually hurts and generates sympathy. There can be exceptions.

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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    It depends on the type and level of failure in addition to the relationship I have with that person. In general, no I don't enjoy other people's failures. In specific circumstances, however, I do. And example of such a circumstance would be if someone is bragging while beating me in a competition and then they lose.

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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    I want certain athletes to fail, not get hurt, but play badly.
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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    No! I may envy other's success occasionally, but failure usually hurts and generates sympathy. There can be exceptions.
    Since this my feeling as well, I'll quote you.

    I too don't feel pleasure in the failures of others, even if a proven to the nth degree murderer is put to death. I don't feel, specifically, sad for them, just general sadness over the circumstances, but definitely not glee.

    Even people who have wronged me, I don't feel good when they experience bad luck or karma.
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    Re: Do you enjoy it when others fail?(schadenfreude)

    Sometimes, yes. It depends on what the person is trying to do, and my past history with them.
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