Your pain, my gain: Feeling pleasure over the misfortune of those you envy is biological
An idiom for deriving pleasure from another's suffering - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
R ecently I went to my corner shop to buy some milk. I found myself pausing by the celebrity gossip magazines. There was the cellulite, the weight gained and lost, the bingo wings circled in red. My favourite story was an interview with a pop star, or perhaps a model, who lived in a luxury mansion.
Schadenfreude is a complex emotion, where rather than feeling sympathy towards someone's misfortune, schadenfreude evokes joyful feelings that take pleasure from watching someone fail. This emotion is displayed more in children than adults; however, adults also experience schadenfreude, though generally concealed. Schadenfreude is borrowed from German ; it is a compound of Schaden , "damage, harm", and Freude , "joy".