Is there a word that the describes the pleasure of watching someone else work?

For example, my mother enjoys watching me hard at work because generally she is the one working hard.

  • Ergoskepsis? “I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” (Jerome K. Jerome) – Brian Donovan Jul 1 '14 at 14:49
  • Look up 'vicarious' - it's not specific to work though. – Pete855217 Jul 1 '14 at 14:52
  • You could be talking about a bunch of different words, depending on exactly which meaning you're going for. Is she proud? Relieved? Is she punishing you? Something else? – Kevin Workman Jul 1 '14 at 15:02
  • @KevinWorkman I'd say relieved and satisfied, yet at the same time enjoying the fact that I am struggling. Perhaps it is also related to karma. – krikara Jul 2 '14 at 11:27
  • In that case, WS2's answer below of Schadenfreude is what I was going to say. You're talking about a bunch of different feelings though, so you aren't going to find a single word that wraps them all up nicely. – Kevin Workman Jul 2 '14 at 14:08

One does get a certain amount of Schadenfreude from seeing one's children put through all the torment which they exacted of one, in their youth.

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Using schadenfreude, literally translated "harm-joy" (Wikipedia) seems extremely problematic here, as it associates work directly with pain or harm.

Mudita - the pleasure of seeing others succeed or prosper would be equally suited in this case, the act of working being a neutral act in every sense except one derived from popular culture, e.g. "Work sucks".

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