What is this 'schadenfreude' and what can we do about it?
It seems to be partly competition and partly a power play. You know that old playground 'ha ha ha, ha ha'.
But there also seems to be a dollop of magical thinking connected to this…
Were you ever told to eat your food because of the poor starving children someplace else?
Ever think about it?
What were they really saying?
'Be grateful that you have it better than them?' Or was it: 'Your bounty and their scarcity are connected'?
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…
Think about the last time someone - maybe inadvertently - took pleasure at your supposed discomfort.
Or the last time someone predicted something negative for you based on their own experience.
Were you able to step back and see this experience for what it was: someone else's stuff!
Go over those experiences now and remind yourself that what that person said, in reality, had nothing to do with you!
How does that feel?