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Are you happy about the loss of others?
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Editor: The German’s have a word for it and we do not—schadenfreude—that small, private rush of glee in response to someone else’s misfortune, not limited to an individual and can thus spread through even a large group, according to a recent report in “Scientific American Mind” magazine. Studies of three recent elections indicate that those identified as Republican and Democrat have shared in this experience. When the economy was looking stormy under Republican leadership, many Democrats smiled (at least secretly) believing that Republican misfortunes would open the way for the Democrats to win.
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