Envy: Learning to Manage a Powerful Emotion as We Grow (Dr. Josh Gressel)

BTRadioInt-300x75Envy is a valid emotion, yet no one seems to want to claim it. At least that’s the way it appears. Consequently, we might try to hide envy as best we can, yet it often causes us trouble.

So why is one of the Seven Deadly Sins and the subject of one of the Ten Commandments such a mystery? What is envy, and what do we do about it? That’s the topic of this program.

JGresselphotoOur guest on this program, psychologist Dr. Josh Gressel, describes envy as “the neglected emotional stepchild of our inner world.” Managing issues of envy as they affect adults, children, teens and families involves having a “new experience with an old problem.” In the process, we can learn to embrace the emotion as we do the others, while we take a step at becoming even more capable of dealing with life as it comes.

In this interview, Dr. Gressel discusses with Dr. Sutton not only how envy can be identified and addressed, but how it can have faces that are easy to miss. It’s not just the envy of others that causes struggle; the inciting of envy can create pr0blems. Then there’s the youngster or adult who deliberately performs less than their best for fear them might be envied. How costly might that be?

JGresselbookListen in, also, as the subject of “shadenfreude” is discussed. We have no word for it in English, but perhaps we should. Shadenfreude is the practice of finding joy in the misfortune of others, especially when they tumble from high places.

This program just might have you saying, “Yeah … I never thought of it that way, but it really makes sense!”

Josh Gressel is a clinical psychologist practicing in the San Francisco Bay area. He is a student of Jewish mysticism and seeks to integrate spiritual and psychological truths in his work with patients. He’s the author of the book we are featuring on this program. The title of this work is, Embracing Envy: Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion. (29:05)


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