Jealousy is a human feeling experienced by everyone in varying intensities, at different times and phases of growth. Frequently confused, jealousy and envy are often intertwined. Even within the psychoanalytic literature confusion persists and much less has been written about jealousy than envy. However, unlike envy, jealousy involves three entities and affects all people involved. It can be painful as other difficult-to-bear feelings (e.g. shame, guilt anger, hatred) underlie jealousy. Yet, total absence of jealousy renders a person less human, less relational. In analytic terms jealousy is a defense against emotional anguish.
This book begins with an extensive overview of the nature, developmental origins and poignant cultural (especially poetic) allusions to jealousy, emphasizing that it is through artistic expression that a true understanding of this frequently deeply disturbing feeling is achieved. It closes with a thoughtful summary, synthesis and critique of the chapters by 12 distinguished analysts.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION; PROLOGUE; CHAPTER ONE The spectrum of jealousy: an introductory overview Salman Akhtar PART I: DEVELOPMENTAL REALM CHAPTER TWO Jealousy among mothers Maxine Anderson CHAPTER THREE Sibling jealousy Brian M. Robertson CHAPTER FOUR Jealousy, envy, and friendship in adolescent girls Christine Keiffer CHAPTER FIVE Absence of jealousy Aleksandar Dimitrijevic PART II: CULTURAL REALM CHAPTER SIX Shakespeare and the ‘green-eyed monster’ of jealousy Richard Waugaman CHAPTER SEVEN Race, sex, jealousy, and power Joel Des Rosiers CHAPTER EIGHT Portrayals of jealousy in cinema Gregg Zeichner PART III: CLINICAL REALM CHAPTER NINE Retroactive jealousy Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick CHAPTER TEN Jealousy betwixt envy Judi Kobrick CHAPTER ELEVEN Treating jealous patients Susan Kavaler-Adler CHAPTER TWELVE Jealousy in countertransference Dhwani Shah EPILOGUE CHAPTER THIRTEEN The anguish of triangulation: a concluding commentary Mary Kay O’Neil
Salman Akhtar, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the editorial boards of all the three major psychoanalytic journals, namely, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His more than 300 publications include 16 books – Broken Structures (1992), Quest for Answers (1995), Inner Torment (1999), Immigration and Identity (1999), New Clinical Realms (2003), Objects of Our Desire (2005), Regarding Others (2007), Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy (2009), The Damaged Core (2009), Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009), Immigration and Acculturation (2011), Matters of Life and Death (2011), The Book of Emotions (2012), Psychoanalytic Listening (2013), Good Stuff (2013), and Sources of Suffering (2014) – as well as 42 edited or co-edited volumes in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Dr. Akhtar has delivered many prestigious addresses and lectures including, most recently, the Inaugural Address at the first IPA-Asia Congress in Beijing, China (2010). Dr. Akhtar is the recipient of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association's Best Paper of the Year Award (1995), the Margaret Mahler Literature Prize (1996), the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians’ Sigmund Freud Award (2000), the American College of Psychoanalysts’ Laughlin Award (2003), the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Edith Sabshin Award (2000), Columbia University’s Robert Liebert Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychoanalysis (2004), the American Psychiatric Association’s Kun Po Soo Award (2004), the Irma Bland Award for being the Outstanding Teacher of Psychiatric Residents in the country (2005), and the Nancy Roeske Award (2012). Most recently, he received the Sigourney Award (2013), which is the most prestigious honor in the field of psychoanalysis. Dr. Akhtar is an internationally-sought speaker and teacher, and his books have been translated in many languages, including German, Turkish, and Romanian. His interests are wide and he has served as the Film Review Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and is currently serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published 7 collections of poetry and serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia.
Mary Kay O’Neil, PhD, is a supervising and training psychoanalyst who has recently moved from Montreal to Toronto, where she is in private practice. She is the past Director of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (Quebec, English) and a North American Representative on the Board of the International Psychoanalytical Association. In addition, she has served on a number of IPA committees, including ethics committees at the local, national, and international levels, and on the editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Dr O’Neil received a PhD from the University of Toronto, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She completed her psychoanalytic training at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis and is a Registered Psychologist in both Quebec and Ontario. The author of The Unsung Psychoanalyst: The Quiet Influence of Ruth Easser, she co-authored/edited five other books and has contributed numerous professional journal articles as well as chapters and book reviews. Her publications and research include depression and young adult development, emotional needs of sole support mothers, post termination analytic contact, and psychoanalytic ethics. Her research activities have been funded by foundations in Toronto and Montreal.