CHAPTER 8

Envy and Healthy Envy

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Envy may involve wanting the beauty, wealth, abilities or socio-economic status of another individual or group. Envy, historically, is one of the seven deadly sins and is also often known as the ‘evil eye’ when what you have is envied by someone else. Thomas Aquinas wrote:

‘Charity rejoices in our neighbour’s good, while envy grieves over it.’

Unhealthy Envy

Unhealthy envy is quite common and is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Envy is often confused with jealousy. Envy is unlike jealousy. Jealousy (as discussed in Chapter 6), is about a threat to your relationship with your partner from someone else. Envy is about ...

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