Jealousy and Envy Affect Your Health

· November 26, 2014

“Jealousy” is the name of the uneasiness and despair that a person feels when they suspect their significant other may be cheating. Jealousy is a very complicated emotion that someone may experience when they feel that someone is taking something or someone that is their “property”. They may also feel jealousy or envy for the success or things that other people have that they want for themselves.

There are two types of jealousy: healthy jealousy”, which is what people normally feel towards their significant other, when they demand that there is more balanced actions. But there is also “pathological jealousy” or better known as unhealthy jealousy. We will look at each one in detail.

Normal Jealousy

This is the kind that a person feels because they’re worried or fear losing their loved one. This type of jealousy is generally based on concrete facts, but is resolved easily through communication without having to resort to actions that have consequences that will be regretted and can hurt other people.

Pathological or Unhealthy Jealousy

This type of jealousy is generally felt by people that have some kind of emotional imbalancewho are also very insecure and think they aren’t worth enough for someone to truly love them. These people tend to feel this way with complexes and hostility. This type of jealousy is very destructive and generally ends in tragedy.

Differences Between the Two Types of Jealousy


There is a big difference between these two types of jealousy. While the first kind seeks transparency and demands respect from the person they are jealous of (in order to have a fulfilled and peaceful life together), the second kind are extremely intense. They expect the person they are jealous of to stay in a complete prison and not even look at anyone else and much less have any type of friendship with anyone. It can even get to the point of having to give detailed reports of absolutely everything they did during the day.

These people live obsessed with searching for clues that can lead them to discover their lover with another person. They search through pockets, cell phones, and can even resort to hiring private detectives to confirm their suspicions. People that have pathological or unhealthy jealousy tend to be very egotistical and mean.

Most people that have this type of jealousy and want to leave this terrible problem behind should undergo a specialized treatment because it is a disease and should be treated like one.

Envy: Another Type of Pathological Jealousy?

Envy can often be confused with jealousy but in reality they are very different feelings. That’s why it is very important to learn how to recognize these differences in order to correct the behaviors that are very harmful for your mental and emotional health. 

The difference lies in that envy is what you feel for something or someone that you want to have and jealousy is felt when you fear losing someone or something that you already have. In regards to the workplace, it is very common to feel pathological jealousy mixd with envy, which is very dangers, perhaps even more than jealousy towards your significant other.

Envy and jealousy are feelings that only provoke bitterness and negative vibes, for both the person that feels it as well as the one who is the object of that envy.

“Envious people” have certain characteristics that are described below:

  • – Changes in the way they treat you if you are successful.
  • – They always try to destroy your reputation.
  • – They look for defects and criticize you for everything.
  • – When they make an ironic comment and are very sarcastic.
  • – They are indifferent when you achieve something.

Health Consequences for Jealousy or Envy

When we refer to jealousy and envy, we are talking about feelings and emotions. That is why it is found deep inside people that suffer from it and can never have peace, much less happiness.

This type of feeling is completely destructive, for both the person that suffers from it as well as the one who receives it. it can happen just as much to men as well as women. There are even the strange cases that the jealous person can physically attack the person they envy with no justification.

How Can Pathological Envy and Jealousy be Avoided?


These are values that should be taught in the family from infancy. Children should always be taught to respect others. When we educate our children properly, they will never hold in feelings of envy or egoism against anyone in their soul and heart.

Since pathological jealousy is a disease, you should see a specialist. If the person realizes they are sick, it will be much easier to begin treatment early because this disease can make them make a lot of mistakes that, in most cases, can be unfixable.