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Envy: Theory and Research

Richard Smith


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 ... More

Keywords: envy, aggressive behavior, unhappiness, social comparison, schadenfreude, intergroup envy, fear of envy, organizational psychology, experimental economics, marketing

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327953.001.0001


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Richard Smith, editor

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1 Introduction

Richard H. Smith, and Sung Hee Kim

Part I Theological, Philosophical, And Evolutionary Foundations

3 Envy in the Philosophical Tradition

Justin D’arms, and Alison 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

7 On the Pleasures and Displeasures of Being Envied

W. Gerrod Parrott, and Patricia M. Rodriguez Mosquera

8 Envy as Predicted by the Stereotype Content Model: A Volatile Ambivalence

Lasana T. Harris, Mina Cikara, and Susan T. Fiske

9 Schadenfreude Caused by an Envied Person’s Pain

Caitlin A. J. 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. Duffy, Jason D. Shaw, and John M. Schaubroeck

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 Gayannée Kedia

Part IV Envy And Health

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

End Matter