Pain for Pleasure
Is Pain a Pleasure, and Why?
September 29, 2009
How many of us were glued to the television weeks after 9/11? How many of us slow down when passing a car crash? How many of us have a favorite crime show?
This fascination is not new, thousands of years ago spectators gathered to watch gladiators fight to the death, and today people can still watch executions.
Why are we obsessed with murder, sexual abuse, violence and crime, both real and imagined?
Why are we drawn to destruction and is this the same feeling?
Is it Schadenfreude?
Dictionary definition-satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune
Read pages 336-341
How do our emotions about crime effect projects such as this?