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    Hi All – below are some excerpts from the web regarding the definition of envy and the perceived “two faces of envy” and my interpretation of this information. It seems the extra info regarding this topic is not going to appear on the web page soon, and until it does – this should fill the gap and or get people thinking about the topic. The generally accepted definition for envy is: “a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.” But it seems that recent research indicates that envy has “Two Faces” Malicious and Benign. Malicious envy results in negative feelings, thoughts and ill will towards the “envy target” and benign envy results in a desire for you to bring yourself up to the level that you are witnessing. It seems that admiration would also suit these feelings in addition to being a more natural word to use. Or perhaps admiration has two sides as well 🙂 Either way – it seems like admiration (“benign envy”) is something to cultivate, and “malicious envy” (or anything malicious for that matter!) is something worth learning to let go of. Some links to info below until the content gets posted. Even if Dave and Jack do not get around to it – I assume this is close to what they would have posted. Hope this helps!

    Bringing you down versus bringing me up: Discrepant versus congruent high explicit self-esteem differentially predict malicious and benign envy

    Oxford Dictionary: Envy

    Envy at Work and in Organizations: Oxford Scholarship Online

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    Thank you for this information! I was looking forward to reading about the topic, but of course couldn’t locate it in the bonus section. 🙂

    • #18453


      You’re Welcome!!

      There are a few more things missing in future solutions – but the critical information is all there.

      Best Wishes!

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    Thank you so much! I couldn’t find it in the bonus section either. Awesome of you to share!

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