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Finding Happiness by Virginia Murphy-Berman

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CHAPTER 5

The Story of Envy: The Cultivation of Non-Comparing

Comparison is the Death of Joy.

—Mark Twain

Abstract

In this chapter the concept of social comparisons is discussed. While comparisons with others often can provide helpful information about ourselves and our ideas, comparisons can also have a negative side. Research, in fact, has shown that the more we compare with others, the less good we often end up feeling about ourselves. This is particularly true if the comparisons are made in an attempt to validate our sense of worth or to provide standards against which to measure our own success.

The Nature of Comparisons

We have seen how living in our current times, when we are bombarded with so many messages from other people about how ...

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