Envy: The Feeling Can Help Us Even When It Hurts: Scientific American | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Wanting what another person has can spur us to better ourselves


In BriefFeelings of inferiority and desire can spur us to bring down our competitors—or to better ourselves.Our ability to successfully control envy impulses is hampered by outside factors such as stress, exhaustion and inebriation.Transforming malicious envy into its more productive cousin, benign envy, may be a way to harness the emotion's power to motivate.