Synopses & Reviews
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.
"...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