Antidotes to Envy: A Conceptual Framework

Julie Juola Exline and Anne L. Zell

in Envy

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327953
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199301485 | DOI:
Antidotes to Envy: A Conceptual Framework

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This chapter presents a conceptual framework suggesting antidotes to envy. In addition to outlining why envy is a problem to be coped with in the first place, it considers how envy might be reshaped into constructive achievement strivings and pro-social behaviors. For example, envy has a signal value that may produce useful information for the envying person, despite the unpleasant consequences that it also creates. The chapter draws on recent theory and research on the self as well as research from positive psychology, close relationships, and the psychology of religion and spirituality, to suggest ways that envy can ultimately result in positive rather than painful outcomes for the envying person.

Keywords: envy; antidotes to envy; constructive achievement; pro-social behavior

Chapter.  8334 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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