New York Times Syndicate
January 18, 2006
The Germans have a word for it: schadenfreude, loosely translated as "taking joy in the misery of others."
It's what many folks feel when movie villains get blown away or a nasty co-worker gets fired.
Now a new brain-imaging study suggests that schadenfreude might be a distinctly male phenomenon.
If what is reported in this article is true then the "very real and somber implications" include not only the capital punishment debate but also our entire justice system.