Machiavellianism and schadenfreude in women's friendships

Abell, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-6230-8551 and Brewer, G., 2017. Machiavellianism and schadenfreude in women's friendships. Psychological Reports. ISSN 0033-2941

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The present study investigated the relationship between Machiavellianism, envy, competition, and schadenfreude in women's same-sex friendships. Women (N = 133) completed an online questionnaire measuring Machiavellianism, envy, competition, and three author generated vignettes measuring expressed schadenfreude in relation to a same-sex friend. Women with higher levels of Machiavellianism expressed greater feelings of pleasure in response to their same-sex friend's misfortunes in a romantic relationship and their physical appearance but not in relation to academic abilities. Envy predicted feelings of schadenfreude in academic and romantic relationships whilst competition predicted feelings of schadenfreude in all three scenarios. Future research should explore how characteristics of the target and different forms of envy may influence responses to a friend's misfortune in individuals with higher levels of Machiavellianism.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychological Reports
Creators: Abell, L. and Brewer, G.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 14 November 2017
ISSN: 0033-2941
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Oct 2017 10:38
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 03:00

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