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Monday, December 20, 2021

You’re jealous. Right now. Of something or someone. General or specific. To some degree.

That’s okay. We all are, at any given time. It’s human nature.

But here’s a question: Does is make more sense to be jealous of someone, or their situation, if they’re happy about it, or if they’re dissatisfied with it?

Example Number 1: Your friend has a great job that pays great, and she knows it, and she’s thrilled about it. You don’t, and you trade places with her in a second.

Example Number 2: Your friend has a great job that pays great, but she doesn’t see it that way. She complains about how it’s not right for her, doesn’t pay enough, and it leaves her feeling empty. You feel she doesn’t realize how lucky she is, and resent her to the extent that you wish you were in her place, because you’d love to have what she has.

Substitute the job situation above with anything applicable: Relationships, money, skills, whatever.

So which scenario is more appropos? Do people more often feel envy in positive frameworks, or in negative ones? Is one more “right” or “wrong"?

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/20/2004 07:50:10 PM
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  1. Interesting question:

    Makes more sense to envy the person who’s happy in their situation - if there’s a complaint like “I hate this job” its probably justified - the reasons may be invisible to the outside observer but no less real.

    Comment by Whymrhymer — 12/21/2004 @ 01:06:15 PM

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