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, 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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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • a small amount of figurues
  • 0195327950
  • 9780195327953

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...a necessary and provocative resource on an intriguing topic. * CHOICE *
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Table of contents

Contents: ; 1. Introduction Richard H. Smith and Sung Hee Kim ; Part I: Theological, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Foundations ; 2. Envy in Jewish Thought and Literature Solomon Schimmel ; 3. Envy in the Philosophical Tradition Justin D'arms and A. Duncan Kerr ; 4. The Evolutionary Psychology of Envy Sarah E. Hill and David M. Buss ; Part II: Social Psychological Perspectives ; 5. Social Comparison and Envy Mark D. Alicke and Ethan Zell ; 6. Envy, Inferiority, and Injustice: Three Basis for Anger and Inequality Colin W. Leach ; 7. On the Pleasures and Displeasures of Being Envied W. Gerrod Parrott and Patricia M. Rodriguez-Mosquera ; 8. Envy, as Predicated by the Stereotype Content Model: Volatile Ambivalence Lasana T. Harris, Mina Cikara, and Susan T. Fiske ; 9. Pleasure in an Envied Person's Pain Caitlin A. Powell, Richard H. Smith, and David Ryan Schurtz ; Part III: Perspectives from Organizational Psychology, Economics, Consumer Psychology, Anthropology, and Neuroscience ; 10. Envy in Organizational Life Michelle K. Duffey, Jason D. Shaw, and John M. Schaubroeck ; 11. The Cognitive and Behavioral Economics of Envy Daniel J. Zizzo ; 12. Marketing and Envy Russell W. Belk ; 13. Culture and Envy Charles Lindholm ; 14. The Functional Neuroanatomy of Envy Jane E. Joseph, Caitlin A.J. Powell, Nathan F. Johnson, and Gayannee Kedia ; Part IV: Envy and Health ; 15. Psychoanalytic Contributions to Understanding Envy: Classic and Contemporary Approaches Benedicte Vidaillet ; 16. Envy and the Challenges to Good Health Richard H. Smith, David J.Y. Combs, and Stephen M. Thielke ; 17. Antidotes to Envy: A Conceptual Framework Julie Juola Exline and Anne L. Zell ; Part V: Conclusions ; 18. Reflections on Envy Christine R. Harris and Peter Salovey
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