Nov. 7, 2022

74 - The Green Eyed Monster

74 - The Green Eyed Monster

When someone you know (or perhaps admire from a far) shares some exciting news such as getting a promotion, winning the lottery or becoming engaged, your initial reaction is one of being happy for them. But sometimes, that little green-eyed monster creeps in and changes everything.

In episode 74, Genny spoke about growing up Catholic and attending Catechism (or Sunday School as it’s called in other religions) every Saturday. Aside from the other teachings, she learned about the seven deadly sins, also known as cardinal sins, which are pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth. In this episode, she focused on envy and its counterpart, jealousy.

She explained that envy is longing or desiring something, as in being envious of your friend’s good luck. Jealousy, on the other hand, is feeling threatened, protective or insecure of losing one’s position or thing to someone else, as in being jealous that your friend is dating your ex-boyfriend. The two are often confused but are quite different. And envy and jealousy are among the most powerful motivations in real life and in fiction. You can find examples of both in literature, movies, and music.

The green-eyed monster was coined by Shakespeare in his play, Othello, and is synonymous with jealousy, which can be a destructive emotion and may lead to anger and humiliation or worse.

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When someone you know (or perhaps admire from a far) shares some exciting news such as getting a promotion, winning the lottery or becoming engaged, your initial reaction is one of being happy for them. But sometimes, that little green-eyed monster creeps in and changes everything.

In episode 74, Genny spoke about growing up Catholic and attending Catechism (or Sunday School as it’s called in other religions) every Saturday. Aside from the other teachings, she learned about the seven deadly sins, also known as cardinal sins, which are pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth. In this episode, she focused on envy and its counterpart, jealousy.

She explained that envy is longing or desiring something, as in being envious of your friend’s good luck. Jealousy, on the other hand, is feeling threatened, protective or insecure of losing one’s position or thing to someone else, as in being jealous that your friend is dating your ex-boyfriend. The two are often confused but are quite different. And envy and jealousy are among the most powerful motivations in real life and in fiction. You can find examples of both in literature, movies, and music.

The green-eyed monster was coined by Shakespeare in his play, Othello, and is synonymous with jealousy, which can be a destructive emotion and may lead to anger and humiliation or worse.

Follow Genny on Instagram at @coffeewithgennyb

If you like this episode, buy Genny a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/coffeewithgenny

See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.