The Adaptive Functions of Jealousy

Jose C. Yong*, Norman P. Li

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Jealousy is a troublesome emotional experience for those afflicted by its onset. The grip of the “green-eyed monster” has been known to cause misery and produce some drastic coping behaviors ranging from paranoid stalking to violent aggression. But rather than a product of civilized culture gone wrong or a mental disorder as some thinkers have claimed jealousy to be, the current chapter proposes from an evolutionary perspective that jealousy plays an important role in our lives by serving a critical adaptive function for humans—the vigilance over and protection of relationships that are valuable to us.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Function of Emotions
Subtitle of host publicationWhen and Why Emotions Help Us
EditorsHeather C. Lench
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783319776194
ISBN (Print)9783319776187
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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