The Psychology of Revenge: Why We Need to Punish
We live in unforgiving times. Public self-righteousness is on the rise and the taste for revenge has never been greater. It’s an appetite that is in our genes. The Romans called it Lex talionis, the bloodthirsty need for retribution, proportionate payback for perceived misdeeds. Revenge helped our species evolve by punishing cheaters, promoting fairness, and preventing the mob from taking justice into their own hands.