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Envy: Theory and Research (Series in Affective Science) Hardcover – August 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0195327953 ISBN-10: 0195327950 Edition: 1st
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"...a necessary and provocative resource on an intriguing topic."--CHOICE

"Envy: Theory and Research is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the subject of envy... [It] deserves a spot on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the subject of human behavior. Psychologists from a wide range of disciplines will find this book to be an important reference. Eminently readable yet sophisticated in its scope, it is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as psychologists from a broad range of disciplines and interests. Cognitive psychologists will find it as useful a reference, as will psychoanalysts, industrial/organizational psychologists, and health or social psychologists. It is a rich resource and a worthy examination of a complicated aspect of human nature."--PsycCRITIQUES


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Product Details

  • Series: Series in Affective Science
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195327950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195327953
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Smith is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. He majored in English at Brown University and completed his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studies social emotions such as awe, envy, and schadenfreude.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By King Yin Yan on August 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I skimming this quickly in the library and found chapters 5 and 6 very informative. They explain the factors that usually cause jealousy or envy, which include closeness (the most intense jealousy is usually directed towards someone close) and a sense of "felt desert" that is being denied (ie, the person feels that s/he deserves something that the rival has).

It confirmed something that has perplexed me for a long time: that people usually can be intensely jealous of their "Joneses" relative wealth difference but which, if extrapolated proportionally, would mean the richest people like Bill Gates would be skinned alive by their jealousy, but that doesn't happen (unless you're close to them).

The author gave a plausible explanation that human emotions evolved from living in small tribes, so our most intense emotions are triggered by comparison with close neighbors. It's a fascinating topic.

I'm also curious about the phenomenon where (some authors said) when a low-caste person (eg, Asian, African) tries to escape from their low status, other people of their race would pull them down. I didn't find it in this book, but it's related.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Grossman on October 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
|TITLE| Envy: Theory and Research: Series in Affective Science
|EDITOR| Professor of Psychology Richard H. Smith Ph.D.
|REVIEWER| Josh Grossman, Colonel {r} U.S. Army Medical Corps, M.D., F.A.C.P.
|BOOK FORMAT| Hard cover
|BOOK PAGES| 372 pages
|BOOK PUBLSHER| Oxford University Press 2008
|BOOK ISBN| 978-0-19-532795-3
|JACKET DESIGN| Ms. Liz Demeter, B.S., B.A.
|ENVY-DEFINITION NOUN|: A feeling of resentful longing for possessions, or qualities of others.
|ENVY-DEFINITION VERB| Desire to have a possession belonging to someone else.
|SATAN-DEFINITION| Per classic Greek scholars, Satan means, "I accuse;" and that was his role prosecutor in GOD's Court until he, Satan, because of his Envy, was cast out of GOD's Heaven and he, Satan, became Devil (Leader of Fallen Angels).
|CHELM-DEFINITION| Town per writer Sholom Alechem (1859 - 1916)
|SCHADENFREUDE-DEFINITION| Enjoyment at the troubles of others
When we learn of the people of Chelm; "One day the residents of the Town-of-Chelm built a Synagogue that left them with a pile of dirt. One asked, "What now shall we do with our dirt? The answer was, "Simple! We shall dig a second hole twice as big as the first hole!" Sholom Alechem (1859 - 1916), rather than Envy of those in the Town-of-Chelm might we may well feel Schandenfreude? {1}
As we have two canine members of our family: A frail-elderly Rescue Yorkshire Terrier {sixteen years} and a frisky puppy Rescue Chih-Tzu (18 months) I was drawn to the handsome, striking black-red cover illustrative of Jack-Russell Terriers of this outstanding text.
A copy of this exemplary scholarly text should be on the Reference Shelves of all of our City, County, and our University Libraries.
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