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Richard Smith

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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Antidotes to Envy: A Conceptual Framework

Antidotes to Envy: A Conceptual Framework

(p.315) 17 Antidotes to Envy: A Conceptual Framework

Julie Juola Exline

Anne L. Zell

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a conceptual framework suggesting antidotes to envy. In addition to outlining why envy is a problem to be coped with in the first place, it considers how envy might be reshaped into constructive achievement strivings and pro-social behaviors. For example, envy has a signal value that may produce useful information for the envying person, despite the unpleasant consequences that it also creates. The chapter draws on recent theory and research on the self as well as research from positive psychology, close relationships, and the psychology of religion and spirituality, to suggest ways that envy can ultimately result in positive rather than painful outcomes for the envying person.

Keywords:   envy, antidotes to envy, constructive achievement, pro-social behavior

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