Gift an article

Revenge is not sweet, here's the bitter truth about trying to get even with someone who hurt you

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
loading...
Loading, please wait...
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Illustration. Photographed by Westend61
Illustration. Photographed by Westend61
Westend61

Why do movies and TV shows with revenge scenes sell? It's because we wish we could do it, too. Think about the last time someone hurt you - your first thought was probably, "I'll get him/her for that". If this sounds like you, don't worry. You're not crazy.

"Wanting to seek revenge is a really normal, innate reaction," explains psychologist Dr Mary Casey.

"Whenever someone does something to betray you, it's usually unexpected and often leaves you feeling like a fool. You feel powerless. Taking revenge simply makes us feel more powerful in a situation where all the power has been taken from us."

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE