Say Hello to a Common New Year Condition: 'The Envy and Jealousy Flu'

January 20, 2015 6:48 PM

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Phone calls with a consistent theme happen like clockwork during the first two months of the new year. Clients want to discuss how to deal with the startling unkindness of supposed friends. This happens with such regularity that I have begun to label what I hear in these weeks as "The Envy and Jealousy Flu."

Some background: Envy and jealousy are instinctive reactions experienced by all of us. Although most use the words interchangeably, envy involves a reaction to another's achievements and good fortune, such as a coveted job, financial recognition, and the attainment of power. Jealousy involves a reac...

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