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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

Bibliographic Information

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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