Social Comparison and Envy

Mark D. Alicke and Ethan Zell

in Envy

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327953
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199301485 | DOI:
Social Comparison and Envy


This chapter discusses what social comparison theorists have to say about envious people and their targets, as well as the situational factors that nurture or discourage envy. It explores the conditions under which social comparisons are most likely to engender envy, as well as the consequences of envious feelings for oneself and their source. It considers both interpersonal and intergroup envy, and looks at directions for future research.

Keywords: social comparison; envy; envious people

Chapter.  10499 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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