Why You Might Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face

Spite often drives punishment. The problem, researchers find, is that it’s not always worth the benefit; it often leads us into excessive self-sacrifice.

Grant H Brenner MD DFAPA
6 min readMar 7, 2024

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Key points

  • Spite, rooted in contempt, is a powerful driver of human experience and behavior.

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Grant H Brenner MD DFAPA

Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Disaster Responder, Advocate, Photographer