Schadenfreude (\SHOD-n-froy-duh\) is a German word meaning 'pleasure taken from someone else's misfortune.' It is sometimes used as a loanword in English (also know as 'slap stick or black/dark humor') and other languages. The German pronunciation of the word is [ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏdə] (IPA).
Schadenfreude is related to glee. It is an opposite to compassion, but without the active element as found in cruelty and sadism. A person may experience a "Schadenfreude Moment" upon learning or witnessing a second party receive a reversal of fortune. For example, a man who has success and good fortune, a beautiful wife, etc. But he can't father the child he so desperately wants, and his friend secretly feels good about that.
Another example would be to witness another person experience a moment of pain and humiliation, public or otherwise. Maybe the witness feels Schadenfreude because he or she believes the person being troubled is deserving of their fate, or especially if the person did not. Such emotions are fairly common, and may explain the addition of certain articles in daily news media, or the popularity of daytime talkshows, where a guest may be subjected to learn a startling relevation, of become involved in a brawl with a former loved one on the public stage.
The person feeling Schadenfreude can also be the same that caused the misfortune. For example, when someone plays a prank or practical joke on someone else and it worked.
Schadenfreude in spanking artEdit
In spanking, this can be applied to the entertainment value of reading a story where a deserving brat is caught and subjected to a swift and deserving punishment. One good example of Schadenfreude in spanking art is the work of artist Ron Wilson; a child receives a form of spanking, and siblings and friends arrive to laugh and taunt the pentitent at his of her predicament.
A similar element is also often found in Drooaygah's works, where it is usually a sibling of the spankee who laughs at the punished child and teases him or her, making the humiliation and shame of the situation even worse than it already is.
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