Revenge is a dish best served cold. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.
The culture is swimming with depictions of revenge: Sometimes it’s deeply satisfying, sometimes it injures the avenger, and sometimes it’s a little bit of both.
“We show that people express both positive and negative feelings about revenge, such that revenge isn’t bitter, nor sweet, but both,” Fade Eadeh, a doctoral candidate in psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, said in a statement. “We love revenge because we punish the offending party and dislike it because it reminds us of their original act.”
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