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.
|Title of host publication||The Function of Emotions|
|Subtitle of host publication||When and Why Emotions Help Us|
|Editors||Heather C. Lench|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Apr 2018|