Jenna wants to know: is it ever okay to take pleasure in someone else's misfortune. An entertaining and insightful exploration of schadenfreude: the deliciously dark and complex joy we've all felt, from time to time. Jenna wants to know: is it ever okay to feel pleasure at the misfortune of other people, a feeling of pleasure at another's misfortune - is an all-too-familiar. Smith who wrote The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of. FREUDE SCHADEN SCHADENFREUDE SCHADENFREUDEFREUDE Pleasure from witnessing someone else's misfortune.