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 ranging from fear of abandonment to rage and humiliation. Jealousy can strike both men and women when a third-party threat to a valued relationship is perceived, it can be a problem among siblings competing for parental attention, or envy after a more successful friend.
Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. There are many kinds of love, but most people seek its expression in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner. For some, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives, providing a source of deep fulfillment.