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Envy: Theory and Research

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For centuries, scholars have argued that envy is the source of much aggressive behavior as well as the root cause of much unhappiness, but it is only recently that there have been attempts to examine the emotion from an empirical perspective. This book is the first of its kind to offer a comprehensive summary of current theoretical and empirical work on envy provided by scholars from a range of disciplines.

The first section of the book focuses on the rich theological, ...

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Overview

For centuries, scholars have argued that envy is the source of much aggressive behavior as well as the root cause of much unhappiness, but it is only recently that there have been attempts to examine the emotion from an empirical perspective. This book is the first of its kind to offer a comprehensive summary of current theoretical and empirical work on envy provided by scholars from a range of disciplines.

The first section of the book focuses on the rich theological, philosophical, and evolutionary foundations of scholarly thinking on envy. The second section covers the social psychological work on envy and includes chapters on social comparison processes, definitional challenges, the link between envy and schadenfreude, intergroup envy, and fear of envy. The third section covers research on envy from organizational psychology, experimental economics, marketing, neuroscience, and anthropology. The fourth section focuses on the implications of understanding envy for physical and mental health with chapters on psychoanalytic conceptions of envy, health psychology, and the challenges of coping with envy. A final chapter consists of reflective comments on all the chapters and brings together recurring themes and makes suggestions for future research on envy.

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"...a necessary and provocative resource on an intriguing topic."—CHOICE

"Envy: Theory and Research is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the subject of envy... [It] deserves a spot on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the subject of human behavior. Psychologists from a wide range of disciplines will find this book to be an important reference. Eminently readable yet sophisticated in its scope, it is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as psychologists from a broad range of disciplines and interests. Cognitive psychologists will find it as useful a reference, as will psychoanalysts, industrial/organizational psychologists, and health or social psychologists. It is a rich resource and a worthy examination of a complicated aspect of human nature."—PsycCRITIQUES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195327953
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Richard H. Smith Smith, Richard H. Sung Hee Kim Sung, Hee Kim 3

Pt. I Theological, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Foundations

2 Envy in Jewish Thought and Literature Solomon Schimmel Schimmel, Solomon 17

3 Envy in the Philosophical Tradition Justin D'Arms D'Arms, Justin Alison Duncan Kerr Kerr, Alison Duncan 39

4 The Evolutionary Psychology of Envy Sarah E. Hill Hill, Sarah E. David M. Buss Buss, David M. 60

Pt. II Social Psychological Perspectives

5 Social Comparison and Envy Mark D. Alicke Alicke, Mark D. Ethan Zell Zell, Ethan 73

6 Envy, Inferiority, and Injustice: Three Bases for Anger About Inequality Colin Wayne Leach Leach, Colin Wayne 94

7 On the Pleasures and Displeasures of Being Envied W. Gerrod Parrott Parrott, W. Gerrod Patricia M. Rodriguez Mosquera Mosquera, Patricia M. Rodriguez 117

8 Envy, as Predicted by the Stereotype Content Model: A Volatile Ambivalence Lasana T. Harris Harris, Lasana T. Mina Cikara Cikara, Mina Susan T. Fiske Fiske, Susan T. 133

9 Schadenfreude Caused by an Envied Person's Pain Caitlin A. J. Powell Powell, Caitlin A. J. Richard H. Smith Smith, Richard H. David Ryan Schurtz Schurtz, David Ryan 148

Pt. III Perspectives from Organizational Psychology, Economics, Consumer Psychology, Anthropology, and Neuroscience

10 Envy in Organizational Life Michelle K. Duffy Duffy, Michelle K. Jason D. Shaw Shaw, Jason D. John M. Schaubroeck Schaubroeck, John M. 167

11 The Cognitive and Behavioral Economics of Envy Daniel John Zizzo Zizzo, Daniel John 190

12 Marketing and Envy Russell W. Belk Belk, Russell W. 211

13 Culture and Envy Charles Lindholm Lindholm, Charles 227

14 The Functional Neuroanatomy of EnvyJane E. Joseph Joseph, Jane E. Caitlin A. J. Powell Powell, Caitlin A. J. Nathan F. Johnson Johnson, Nathan F. Gayannee Kedia Kedia, Gayannee 245

Pt. IV Envy and Health

15 Psychoanalytic Contributions to Understanding Envy: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives Benedicte Vidaillet Vidaillet, Benedicte 267

16 Envy and the Challenges to Good Health Richard H. Smith Smith, Richard H. David J. Y. Combs Combs, David J. Y. Stephen M. Thielke Thielke, Stephen M. 290

17 Antidotes to Envy: A Conceptual Framework Julie Juola Exline Exline, Julie Juola Anne L. Zell Zell, Anne L. 315

Pt. V Conclusions

18 Reflections on Envy Christine R. Harris Harris, Christine R. Peter Salovey Salovey, Peter 335

Index 357

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