The Significance of Gender, Context, and Contingent Self-Esteem on Feelings of Schadenfreude

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dc.contributor.author Nagel, Emma
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-26T19:59:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-26T19:59:46Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4023
dc.description Study looks at relationship of contextual situation, gender, and self-esteem on reports of schadenfreude in response to a vignette about a "friend." en_US
dc.description.abstract Schadenfreude, which loosely translates to "taking pleasure in the misery of others," has been found in previous research to result from situations in which an individual of the same sex as the subject is to blame for his/her hardship. In addition, there is evidence towards the connection between variable self-esteem and high experience of schadenfreude. This study tests the two effects in survey form through vignettes about a "friend" in two different settings: competition in the classroom and social status at a bar. The results show that schadenfreude is mainly a result of deservingness of the subject, but is felt more strongly in certain situations depending on sex of the participant, context of the situation, sex of the protagonist, and level of contingent self-esteem. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject Schadenfreude en_US
dc.subject Self-Esteem en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Positive Emotions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Personality and emotions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Self-esteem en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions -- Sex differences en_US
dc.title The Significance of Gender, Context, and Contingent Self-Esteem on Feelings of Schadenfreude en_US
dc.title.alternative Gender, context, self-esteem and Schadenfreude en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Arts & Science en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US

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