guys who enjoy revenge

LONDON - Germans have a word for it — schadenfreude — and when it comes to getting pleasure from someone else’s misfortune, men seem to enjoy it more than women. Such is the conclusion reached by scientists at University College London, in what they say is the first neuroscientific evidence of schadenfreude.

Using brain-imaging techniques, they compared how men and women reacted when watching other people suffer pain.

If the sufferer was someone they liked, areas of the brain linked to empathy and pain were activated in both sexes. Women had a similar response if they disliked the person experiencing the pain, but men showed a surge in the reward areas of the brain.

what do u guys think of it?

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It’s hard to say what triggered the “reward” feeling. Perhaps most men imagine themselves in that position and fighting back. That is an alternate explanation to enoying suffering.

That’s pretty unlikely, don’t you think? It makes sense from genetic sociology point of view though. Women are more empathetic because they want to be better at identifying lies, so they can get a faithful mate. With empathy comes side-effects such as you mentioned here. Men are more dominance-oriented, since their place in society determines their ability to breed.

Its dominance and power,

It’s an evolutionary advantage for this trait in a male because females are attracted to the dominant male, to the power. Just go to the zoo and observe some apes, or your nearest major financial center

Makes perfect sense from the short-term evolutionary stance - Revenge is a way of removing a (proven) threat to you, your kin, or your property (which again contributes directly to your well-being and survival).

The trouble with revenge today is that it is impossible to totally wipe-out the threat, and all the relatives, both genetic and social, of that threat. Whereas in the past, a person/group with sufficient outrage could kill the individual personification of this threat, his family, and at a push if it was within his power, his entire social group, leaving a smoking village in ruins; groups have now grown so large, into co-alignments of countries and races, that a revenge attack on one faction of that group, quickly snowballs into an attack on the whole of that group, and cataclysmic war.

The knife must be put down. But don’t ask me how, afterall, I am only human.