Jealousy is commonly used interchangeably with envy, but the two are distinct emotions, and each word has a different definition. While jealousy can be described as a fear that another person may take something that is yours or something you consider to be yours, envy is the desire for something that belongs to someone else. However, both jealousy and envy can cause feelings of insecurity.
Envy is more likely to cause feelings of sadness and a desire to change. Meanwhile, jealousy is more likely to provoke anger and resentment. Sometimes jealousy and envy occur together. When someone feels jealous, they may also envy the person who is causing them to feel jealous in the first place.
Jealousy is an often overwhelming feeling of insecurity about a potential loss or inequity in distribution of resources. The term is also used to describe a feeling associated with being possessive of another person, such as a partner or friend.
Signs you may be experiencing jealousy include:
Anger toward a person or situation that is interfering with something you care about.
Resentment of a friend or partner when they can’t spend time with you.
Difficulty feeling happy for a coworker when they receive something you wanted.
Most people experience jealousy from time to time, but extreme jealousy can greatly interfere with daily life. People who find that jealousy interferes with their life may consider speaking with a therapist at Star Point Counseling center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl to better understand what is causing this emotion.