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Envy: Theory and Research (Series in Affective Science) [Hardcover]

Richard Smith

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16 Oct 2008 0195327950 978-0195327953
For centuries, scholars have argued that envy is the source of much aggressive behavior as well as the root cause of much unhappiness, but it is only recently that there have been attempts to examine the emotion from an empirical perspective. This book is the first of its kind to offer a comprehensive summary of current theoretical and empirical work on envy provided by scholars from a range of disciplines.

The first section of the book focuses on the rich theological, philosophical, and evolutionary foundations of scholarly thinking on envy. The second section covers the social psychological work on envy and includes chapters on social comparison processes, definitional challenges, the link between envy and schadenfreude, intergroup envy, and fear of envy. The third section covers research on envy from organizational psychology, experimental economics, marketing, neuroscience, and anthropology. The fourth section focuses on the implications of understanding envy for physical and mental health with chapters on psychoanalytic conceptions of envy, health psychology, and the challenges of coping with envy. A final chapter consists of reflective comments on all the chapters and brings together recurring themes and makes suggestions for future research on envy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative research 28 Aug 2012
By King Yin Yan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I skimming this quickly in the library and found chapters 5 and 6 very informative. They explain the factors that usually cause jealousy or envy, which include closeness (the most intense jealousy is usually directed towards someone close) and a sense of "felt desert" that is being denied (ie, the person feels that s/he deserves something that the rival has).

It confirmed something that has perplexed me for a long time: that people usually can be intensely jealous of their "Joneses" relative wealth difference but which, if extrapolated proportionally, would mean the richest people like Bill Gates would be skinned alive by their jealousy, but that doesn't happen (unless you're close to them).

The author gave a plausible explanation that human emotions evolved from living in small tribes, so our most intense emotions are triggered by comparison with close neighbors. It's a fascinating topic.

I'm also curious about the phenomenon where (some authors said) when a low-caste person (eg, Asian, African) tries to escape from their low status, other people of their race would pull them down. I didn't find it in this book, but it's related.
5.0 out of 5 stars |Education: Midlevels (NP and PA), USMLE and ABIM Prep, Psychology and Psychiatry Education 5 Oct 2014
By Mickey Grossman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
|TITLE| Envy: Theory and Research: Series in Affective Science
|EDITOR| Professor of Psychology Richard H. Smith Ph.D.
|REVIEWER| Josh Grossman, Colonel {r} U.S. Army Medical Corps, M.D., F.A.C.P.
|BOOK FORMAT| Hard cover
|BOOK PAGES| 372 pages
|BOOK PUBLSHER| Oxford University Press 2008
|BOOK ISBN| 978-0-19-532795-3
|JACKET DESIGN| Ms. Liz Demeter, B.S., B.A.
|ENVY-DEFINITION NOUN|: A feeling of resentful longing for possessions, or qualities of others.
|ENVY-DEFINITION VERB| Desire to have a possession belonging to someone else.
|SATAN-DEFINITION| Per classic Greek scholars, Satan means, "I accuse;" and that was his role prosecutor in GOD's Court until he, Satan, because of his Envy, was cast out of GOD's Heaven and he, Satan, became Devil (Leader of Fallen Angels).
|CHELM-DEFINITION| Town per writer Sholom Alechem (1859 - 1916)
|SCHADENFREUDE-DEFINITION| Enjoyment at the troubles of others
When we learn of the people of Chelm; "One day the residents of the Town-of-Chelm built a Synagogue that left them with a pile of dirt. One asked, "What now shall we do with our dirt? The answer was, "Simple! We shall dig a second hole twice as big as the first hole!" Sholom Alechem (1859 - 1916), rather than Envy of those in the Town-of-Chelm might we may well feel Schandenfreude? {1}
As we have two canine members of our family: A frail-elderly Rescue Yorkshire Terrier {sixteen years} and a frisky puppy Rescue Chih-Tzu (18 months) I was drawn to the handsome, striking black-red cover illustrative of Jack-Russell Terriers of this outstanding text.
A copy of this exemplary scholarly text should be on the Reference Shelves of all of our City, County, and our University Libraries. Our incoming Medical Students, Nursing Students, and Physician Associate Students should be given a copy to discuss with their Mentors. PGY I (first year) psychiatry residents should have a copy to facilitate their understanding of the "Psychoanalytic Contributions to understanding Envy." (Pages 267 - 289 this text) per Distinguished Professor Benedicte`Vidaillet.
REFERENCES:
Grossman, Joshua B. Book Review: "The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature," by University of Kentucky Professor Richard H. Smith, Ph.D., Oxford University Press 2013
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