Envy Emotion

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An Envy Emotion is a negative social emotion about some other person's possession.



  • https://hbr.org/2016/12/make-peace-with-your-unlived-life
    • QUOTE: The idea of a “true self” and a “false” or “shadow” self has long preoccupied psychologists. For example, Carl Jung introduced the notion of the shadow side of our personality. He viewed “the shadow” as our unknown, dark side — made up of the primitive, negative, socially depreciated human emotions such as sexuality, striving for power, selfishness, greed, envy, jealousy, and anger. But although the shadow personifies everything that we fear, and therefore refuse to acknowledge, it remains a part of us. Jung believed that unless we come to terms with our shadow side, we are condemned to become its unwitting victim.


  • (Wikipedia, 2015) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Envy Retrieved:2015-2-11.
    • Envy (from Latin invidia) is an emotion which "occurs when a person lacks another's superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it".[1]

      Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Not only is the envious person rendered unhappy by his envy, but they also wish to inflict misfortune on others. Although envy is generally seen as something negative, Russell also believed that envy was a driving force behind the movement towards democracy and must be endured to achieve a more just social system. [2] However, psychologists have recently suggested that there may be two types of envy: malicious envy and benign envy — benign envy being proposed as a type of positive motivational force.

  1. Parrott, W. G., & Smith, R. H. (1993). “Distinguishing the experiences of envy and jealousy." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 64, 906–920.
  2. Russell (1930), pp. 90–91