Mindstead - Understanding Jealousy (making sense of unwanted feelings)

Understanding Jealousy (making sense of unwanted feelings)


About This Tool

We all feel jealous from time to time. Sometimes this desire for the possessions or qualities of another person comes and goes. Other times it lingers and is joined by a feeling of discontent or even resentment. Most of us don’t enjoy being jealous, even if it is a familiar feeling. It makes us feel like we’re not grateful enough for what we do have, not happy enough for the people around us, or not deserving enough to have the things we’re jealous of, and none of those ever feel good. Whatever your situation, this worksheet is designed to help you investigate the feelings of jealousy in your life, understand how they may be hurting you as well as helping you, and to work towards finding a different way of relating with the experience of jealousy. As with any feeling you feel, it is up to you to decide whether you act on that feeling or not.

This worksheet is great for anyone who has experienced anger, and particularly for those people who dislike that feeling and want to change their reactions.  It takes anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes to do depending on how thoroughly one reflects upon the questions.


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Why It Works

The roots of this tool are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Specifically this tool seek to help us understand our feelings and how they guide our thoughts and fuel our behaviors, though they don't have to.


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