|Schadenfreude was a pleasure of being happy when he saw other people difficult|
Reporting from Live Science, Wilco W. van Dijk, a researcher from Leiden University, the Netherlands, said, if someone is happy to see the suffering of others, he may think that the person deserves misfortune.
Thus, people who experience schadenfreude feel better about themselves.
"If a person enjoys the misfortune of another, there is something in that misfortune that is good for that person," van Dijk said.
In their study, van Dijk and his colleagues asked 70 undergraduate students (40 women and 30 men) to read two interviews about an outstanding student who was most likely to land a good job.
So, is someone who feels happy over the suffering of others a bad person?
According to van Dijk, almost everyone experiences schadenfreude at some point in life.
"We know that it's very good to feel empathy and sympathy for other people, so if you feel schadenfreude without sympathy or compassion for others, that's not good," van Dijk said.