Schadenfreude and just world belief

Pietraszkiewicz, Agnieszka (2013). Schadenfreude and just world belief. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65(3), pp. 188-194. Wiley 10.1111/ajpy.12020

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The present study tested the hypothesis that a threat of a just world belief intensifies experience of schadenfreude (i.e., pleasure at another's misfortune). The participants read scenarios which were designed to threaten or maintain their just world belief. Subsequently, they were transferred to an online magazine presenting funny stories about other peoples' failures. As presumed, the participants exposed to the threat of just world belief spent more time on reading. These results confirmed the existence of a link between just world threat and schadenfreude.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Pietraszkiewicz, Agnieszka

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0004-9530

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Agnieszka Pietraszkiewicz

Date Deposited:

16 Dec 2015 10:17

Last Modified:

16 Dec 2015 10:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/ajpy.12020

Uncontrolled Keywords:

emotion, just world belief, schadenfreude, threat

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.74067

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/74067

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