Is jealousy a complex emotion?

Hobson, R Peter (2010) Is jealousy a complex emotion? In: Handbook of jealousy: Theory, research, and multidisciplinary approaches. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 293-311. ISBN 9781405185790

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In this contribution, I shall be questioning whether jealousy is as complex an emotion as some would believe. I shall develop this argument in three ways. Firstly, I shall try to create a level playing field for combat between two opposing views on the development of jealousy and other supposedly complex emotions. I shall make a specific theoretical proposal to this end, and suggest that we need to distinguish between aspects of any psychological function and its putative components. Secondly, I consider how this approach may alter our thinking about the typical early development of social emotions. Here I shall return to the contrasts between jealousy and envy, and to the different contribution that intersubjective engagement—and more specifically, identification—makes in each case. Thirdly, I shall adopt the perspective of developmental psychopathology and consider what children with autism might reveal to us about the development of jealousy and other supposedly complex emotions.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Emotions, Affective Psychology > Attachment/Affectional Bonds
Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Department/People: Special Units

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