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ALMEIDA, Saulo Santos Menezes; ASSIS, Vanessa Andrade de  and  CERQUEIRA, Ícaro Batista de. Narrative Review on Schadenfreude: Malicious Pleasure and Intergroup Relations. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2020, vol.20, n.spe1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2359-0769.

Schadenfreude is a German term that means malicious pleasure in the face of adversity. This feeling is related to innumerable variables, among which: envy, deserving, and intergroup relationships. Therefore, this feeling can impact the contact between individuals, both positively and negatively. The importance of this subject for social, economic, and political relations, as well as the contradictions and questions of schadenfreude, with the scarcity of research within the national scope, fostered the construction of this narrative review. From the literature found, 17 national and international articles were considered, using the term schadenfreude in the title or keywords as inclusion criteria. Besides, they should relate to the area of Psychology, emphasizing its results and its limitations for the extension of knowledge on the subject and demarcations towards the construction of new research in this area Thus, this article provides an understanding of the perspective and understanding of the panorama on schadenfreude studies, being associated with terms such as sympathy, deserving of misfortune, morality and the evolutionary mechanism of aversion to iniquity. It is observed that the national scientific production is still scarce, so its growth is necessary, as well as international productions. A positive factor is the existence of studies with empirical surveys of data collection that found effective results, demonstrating that this is an area that can be better explored.

Keywords : schadenfreude; group relations; narrative review.

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