Schadenfreude starts young

Children as young as 2 feel joy at another’s misfortune, showing jealousy’s deep roots

By Erika Engelhaupt, 13:36 PM July 23, 2014

Just like us adults, little kids revel in the suffering of others. In a new study, kids as young as 2 years old expressed feelings of schadenfreude, that special cheer that comes from witnessing someone else’s misfortune.

Maybe this shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, kids are no kinder than adults. We all joke that kids are little monsters, as in this parody article in which a psychologist argues that most children under 10 would qualify as sociopaths if they were grown-ups. It’s funny b...

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