Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
We've all gone a little passive-aggressive of late.
We tolerate, yet when we're alone we seethe. The more we seethe, the more unhappy we are.
We've been overlooked for promotion. We're been reluctant to admit that the lover who left us really did treat us like a sack of potatoes past their sell-by date. We've been underappreciated by seemingly everyone in the world.
How can we feel better about ourselves and reassert our place in that world?
Take revenge on your bitterest enemies, that's how.
Please, this isn't my suggestion. It's that of science. Research conducted by David Chester and C. Nathan DeWall suggests that taking things out on those who have hurt you, decried you, dismissed you or undervalued you can make you feel a lot better.
You don't, it seems, even need to serve it cold.
The experiments, says Alex Fredera of the British Psychological Society, were in their way pleasantly brutal.
In one, participants were asked to write an essay. Then some of their essays were given Trumpian levels of criticism.
Those whose work was trashed felt better after they were given a voodoo doll that represented the person who'd trashed their work. They happily inserted some perfectly placed needles into the tasteless fool who wouldn't know great writing from Fifty Shades of Grey.
But that's not exactly revenge, is it?
Another experiment asked the participants to play a simple computer game. Some were deliberately shunned by their fellow humans during the game.
In a second round, the shunned were given the chance to take it out on these fellow humans by assaulting their ears with loud noises. And goodness did that make them feel good.
The researchers even speculated that we know how good revenge makes us feel and that we might even take perverse steps in our lives in order to have a chance to get our revenge.
"To obtain the positive affect associated with retaliatory aggression," the researchers say, "individuals may actively seek out provocation in their daily lives."
You know those sorts of people, don't you? You're not one of them, are you?
I would, though, caution you about revenge. It's easy to get so wrapped up in it that you forget so much of what might make you feel good on a longer-term basis.
The joy might be short-lived. The pleasure might be fleeting and it might have cost you a lot of time and effort.
Then again, if it's easy -- and if the truly nasty will get a serious comeuppance without any further recourse against you -- knock yourself out by knocking them off their podium of odious superiority.
No, that's not me saying it. That's science.