Of Schadenfreude and Firgun

Improving your employees’ self-esteem can minimize the effects of schadenfreude and possibly promote firgun. This clear as mud?


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The German noun describing a feeling of pleasure when others experience misfortune is “schadenfreude.” Envy, particularly derived from those we view as competitors, fuels it. Firgun, on the other hand, is the Hebrew word for being happy for another person’s success.

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