Schadenfreude and gluckschmerz are emotional signals of (im)balance

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Smith and van Dijk (XXXX) explore the relationship between the emotions schadenfreude and gluckschmerz, and why people experience these emotions. Their perspective is valuable and adds to a better understanding of how people respond to the fortunes of others. In this manuscript I try to further these ideas by arguing that schadenfreude and gluckschmerz are best seen as signals that indicate that a balance in how we would want the world to be is restored (for schadenfreude) or violated (for gluckschmerz).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-306
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • gluckschmerz
  • schadenfreude


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