Can Envy Be Good For You?

August 11, 2015 12:47 PM

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How do we respond when we encounter people who are more successful than we are?

Often, we imagine two paths: admiration and envy. Admiration is seen as a noble sentiment—we admire people for admiring others, detecting, in their admiration, a suggestion of taste and humility. Envy, by contrast, is thought to be inherently bad—a “feeling of mortification and ill-will occasioned b...

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