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Difference Between Envy and Jealousy

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Main Difference

Envy is the feeling for getting something that belongs to somebody else while jealousy is the feeling of fear that someone will take away something that belongs to you. Both are different terms and make you to feel inadequate. If you want to have the car of your neighbor, it is envy. If your neighbor lady takes your husband for a ride, then you have the feeling of jealousy with her. Envy is the wish for getting something but Jealousy is the fear of losing your something.

What is Envy?

Envy is the feeling for getting something that belongs to somebody else. These are the emotions towards someone due to coveting for other person’s belongings. It is your desire to have the possession of somebody else. Envy may also has only a wish but not always has negative connotation. Envy requires two parties.

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What is Jealousy?

Jealousy is the feeling of fear that someone will take away something that belongs to you. It is the fear of losing your something. Jealousy is mostly used in relations of love, when a single person is liked by more than one person. Both of them want to have that person. So both have the feeling of jealousy with each other. Jealousy always has negative connotation. Jealousy requires three parties.

Key Differences

  1. Envy is the wish for getting something but Jealousy is the fear of losing your something.
  2. Envy requires two parties while jealousy requires three parties.
  3. Envy may not always has negative connotation but jealousy does have negative.
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