Schadenfreude has always been with us.
- Aristotle spoke of the emotion over two thousand years ago.
- The first appearance of the word in English speaking countries gave speakers a new way to express themselves.
- To this day, there is still some unease around the feeling.
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Try not to think about your hands. Now enjoy a few minutes of not being able to stop thinking about them.
- The "white bear problem" describes that situation in which we can't stop thinking about something no matter how hard we try.
- Your mental process at such times pits two parts of your brain against each other.
- Research support a few ways to exit this maddening hamster wheel.
Here's what neuroscience and psychology have to say about how people humanize and dehumanize one another.
- When humans think about other humans versus inanimate objects, that difference can be seen in activated brain regions on fMRI scans.
- Studies reveal that those brain regions don't light up equally when we look at all people – we tend to humanize some people and dehumanize others when we see things like homelessness, drug addiction, different ethnicities or someone in an outgroup.
- On the other hand, humanization can be increased by something seemingly trivial: human touch. Studies show that NBA teams who touch more on the court play better together, and that the touch of a loved one can reduce pain.
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