What Jealousy Teaches Us

The toughest teachers in grade school were probably the ones who taught you the most; jealousy, one of the most difficult emotions to weather, is similarly instructive. Nurturing it is self-destructive but listening to its cues can lead you to a more fulfilling path in life.


Jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses many different kinds of feelings that range from fear of abandonment to rage to humiliation. Jealousy can strike both men and women when they perceive a third-party threat to a valued relationship, it can be a problem among siblings competing for parental attention, or envy for a wealthier more successful friend.


Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. For some, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives, providing a source of fulfillment outside of ourselves. But the ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not all innate.