Understanding Jealousy

As emotions go, jealousy is neither subtle nor kind. But it is definitely complex, encompassing feelings that range from fear of abandonment to rage to humiliation. Jealousy strikes both men and women when they perceive a third-party threat to a valued relationship, distinguishes it from envy, which involves a desire something someone else has. Conventional wisdom holds that jealousy is a necessary emotion because it preserves social bonds—but it more often destroys them, and can give rise to relationship violence.

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