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The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of jealousy

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Jealousy The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of jealousy. Specifically, it will provide an extended definition of the abstract concept of jealousy. Jealousy is an emotion, but it is also a concept, and not necessarily one of the most positive and helpful emotions a person can have. Jealousy depends on others to feed it, and so, jealousy cannot survive in a vacuum. Jealousy can be destructive and debilitating, and it is an emotion that can cause great emotional pain and self-doubt. What is jealousy? Dictionary.com defines jealousy as "A jealous attitude or disposition or close vigilance." However, this succinct definition does not tell the whole story. Jealousy is much more than an attitude or disposition. For some, it is a way of life, and for others, it can consume their life, changing it forever. Take the case of California socialite Betty Broderick, who found her husband with his secretary/lover and killed them both in a jealous rage (Cupach and Spitzberg 33). Jealousy can be a dangerous emotion, but why is jealousy so emotionally charged? ...read more.

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The perfect example of this is O. J. Simpson, who many people still believe killed his wife Nicole in a jealous rage after discovering her with another man. Now, it may seem irrational and awful, but at the time, it may have seemed like the only solution for Simpson. That is what jealousy can do. It can color your outlook so you cannot think rationally, and it can make you literally crazy. When jealousy clouds your mind, rational thought does not exist, only emotions that may have lay dormant for years. Jealousy is a dangerous emotion, and when people give in to it, they often commit acts they never would have committed in a more rational state. Jealousy is a killer emotion, all right. Of course, jealousy can also bring out some of the best emotions in people, as these researchers note, "Jealousy can show love and affection. It can also help a person realize the extent to which he or she cares about another. [...] Sometimes the irrational feelings of jealousy can be taken as signs of caring and devotion, rather than as possessiveness and insecurity" (Cupach and Spitzberg 34). ...read more.

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How do you deal with jealousy? Surprisingly, some researchers found it is quite difficult to stop jealous feelings once they have started, and the best thing to do with jealous feelings is prevent them in the first place, by discussing your doubts and fears with your partner, and letting them know what kinds of actions create jealous feelings (Rodin and Salovey). Jealousy, like all fears and phobias, is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism. At some point in your past, there was likely an event linking jealousy and emotional trauma. While the original catalyst may have been a real-life scare of some kind, the condition can also be triggered by myriad, benign events like movies, TV, or perhaps seeing someone else experience trauma. The actual phobia manifests itself in different ways. Some sufferers experience it almost all the time, others just in response to direct stimuli. Everyone has their own unique formula for when and how to feel bad. (Rodin and Salovey). Jealousy does not know color, height, weight, wealth or any of these different variables. Clearly, jealousy is a difficult emotional reaction, and once you have felt it, you know exactly what it feels like, and it is not pretty. ...read more.

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