The Psychology of Revenge


A blogger was stealing my ideas.

And it made me very, very angry. Like foot-stomping, slobbery-snarling, pirate-cursing angry.

Let me back up… I give a slice of my heart and thumb every time I write for Science of People’s blog. (Don’t worry they regrow pretty fast.) Basically, I love writing for them — and am so grateful to those who read it!

I am constantly looking for ideas, pictures and article topics in my daily life and have pages and pages of notes for possible posts. I spend weeks honing topics, finding research and coming up with titles to make sure that everything we put up is extremely relevant (and of course anti-boring!)

So I was more than miffed when I noticed a fellow blogger was poaching our blog topics. About two or three weeks after we would come out with a post, we would see a strikingly similar post go up on their blog — citing the same research and quotes!

Bah! It made me so mad! He was stealing all of our hard work and watering down the topic. My first instincts:

  • I wanted to rain farts upon his brand.

  • I wanted to shoot arrows at his articles.

  • I wanted retribution.

It was such a powerful feeling that I began to research the psychology of revenge and discovered the scientific seeds of this article. Before I get into how I dealt with this blogging monster, here’s what I found about the science and psychology of retribution.

What is revenge?

Revenge (n) the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands; the desire to inflict retribution.

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