under envy one understands (emotional) the expression by feel of the uneasiness over the good position of others. Frequently in the connection also the term disfavor is used. Like in addition, every other emotion, as for instance fear, has it - discussed more rarely - advantages.

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envious (an envious person) is therefore someone, the one property or preference/advantageother one insults. The goal of the envy is accordingly to that to adjust the envied preference/advantage (not to actually bring it - that would be somewhat completely different one: Having craze). Envy e.g. refers not only to properties, but also. on biological and at the same time culturally coined/shapedCharacteristics (“beauty”) or directly on social status (the “class-best”, the “goal scorer king”, the “owner of mansion”). As hostile - not always openly shown - the envy for others can become dangerous. If someone of the envy is accused of, then it answers occasionally with the reproach, one comes along to itthe envy club.

Its opposite is, someone else something to gönnen (see. Favour).

Soziobiologie (and/or. Evolutionary psychology)

in the evolution theory will represent occasionally the thesis, is the envy an original form of earlycultural social distribution control for the optimization of surviving groups.Envy would be then an interpretation of a biosocially supported Mechanismus' in [[social group|Group life] been, e.g. the however use of devices or booty obstructed. Different considerations will represent:

1. Envy favours the emergence of ambition, a positive selection characteristic.

2. Envy favours the development of Fairnessin a group, because it within the group (sense of justice) increase sensitivity for any unfairness. Fairness is in nature a selection characteristic.

evaluation of the envy with the religion

Karikatur des Neides als eine der sieben Todsünden, nach Patrizier Hieronymus Bosch.
caricature of the envy as one of the seven death sins, after Patrizier Hieronymus Bosch.

In the Bible envy in several places is condemned, e.g. Romans 1,29; 1.Timotheus 6,4; Titus 3,3; 1.Petrus 2,1; Jakobus 3.14+16, Galater 5,21. |The envy belongs since late 6. Century to the seven main sins (see also for demarcation death sins) of the Roman-catholic church.

In Hinduismus is represented social inequality as consequence of the individual mirror-image-ritual Karmas and to envy only as the not accepted Karma and/or. Fate, which the box opposes the world. THENoh only a spirituell esoterischer ascent can take place after recognizing the own Karmas, the one into a higherCaste after a later Wiedergeburt brings or completely in the the other world. As anti-envy concept is the Hinduismus very popular with by the Karma less disadvantaged and certainly so the majority the world of 850 million Hinduisten.

social envy

under social envy one understands thatEnvy in a social environment on one - also only allegedly - grouping better placed (reference's group). It can refer both to privileges and to possession.

“Envy” becomes in this connection also as polarizing mixers combat term against social movements (historically e.g. against those Workers' movement) used, in order to protect the own preference/advantage (the own privilege). The thought on reason, a desire for equality is appropriate for that would rise from the envy, and this is due from the inability of the envious people to achieve by achievement the envied preference/advantage. Becomes frequent inthis connection of defenders of the grouping more bessser placed the expression uses: “Are envious you!”.


so-called envy heads, usually attached at Giebeln, should repel after the people faith the mischief and bad. Bad powers and spirit should humans inthe buildings endowed thereby do not apply nothing neiden and it thereby against the inhabitants.

In order to escape the envy from neighbours to, into the 1950er years, when a television was some more precious, humans attached their television aerial not on the roof, but hidden on thatAttic and rather the worse receipt taken in purchase.

see also

of quotations

Wikiquote: Envy - quotations
  • Sokrates: Friends eliminate the envy, by offering their goods to that friends or by itits as the their regard.
  • Molière: The envious people die, never die the envy.
  • Schopenhauer: In Germany the highest form of the acknowledgment is the envy.
  • OSCAR savage: The number of our envious people confirms our abilities.


  • Helmut Schoeck: ThatEnvy. A theory of the society, 1966, several editions.
  • Lelord: “The power of the emotions”, beep he publishing house, 2006

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in Altnordi was „a Neiding " for instance a honourless coward.


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