Like many other traits we have, it is hypothesized that envy is probably an adaptive evolutionary trait!
The belief is that at a time when resources were scarce it helped keep our species competitive.
This theory goes on to explain that our discomfort with acknowledging envy also fits because of the ‘one down’ position that envy seems to imply.
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas...
Struggling with envy? Here’s a sure fire way to diminish the discomfort:
1) Cop to it! (Yeah I know - dating myself again, but some expressions say it all…)
Acknowledging our emotions is always a first step in getting control over their impact on our lives.
2) Give yourself a “So What! After all, face it, if it’s in our DNA…
So you envy that guy’s millions – if you really think about it, you don’t want to be him, you just want his money!
3) As always, remind yourself of who you are and what you do have.
It’s okay to envy someone else’s stuff but never to diminish yourself!
Envy is comparing someone’s else’s outside to your insides.
Two ladies are sitting next to each other at some ritzy event.
Lady 1 admires Lady 2’s gigantic diamond ring.
“It’s gorgeous,” she says enviously.
“Yes,” agrees Lady 2. “It’s called the Plotkin Diamond. But it comes with a curse.”
“Oh,” says Lady 1. “What’s the curse?”
“Plotkin” sighs Lady 2, looking down the table at her husband.
What do ya say? Have any good envy stories to share?
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