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  1. Gen

    Gen Normal

    Hi all...

    Just thought I'd put this up to see what anyone thinks...

    My question is....

    Is jealousy a normal emotion

    and if it is.....

    when does the 'normal' emotion of jealousy turn into something that is not normal.... what i'm kinda trying to say is where is the line between the normal feeling and irrational feeling....

    be very very interested to hear anyones thoughts/views/experiences of this....

    Gen xx
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  3. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    Was Cambridge, now maintaining
    Maybe normal is when you feel jealous. Perhaps it's worrying when it spills over into your life. Makes you say or do things that you wouldn't otherwise do?
  4. girlygirl

    girlygirl Silver Member

    Obsessive jealousy is harmful, as is unreasonable jealousy over a feared or even imagined cause. It destroys relationships.

    Jealousy affects friendships - how many 'friends' have tried to make you cheat since you got serious about losing weight? It affects work situations, college, uni, everything. Even slimming clubs and Boards, sadly.

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    JEALOUSY --- kills everything in life!

    (sorry to say but i am one)

    i do get jealous and it a every hard thing to over come and i feel sorry for anyone who has this!

    i getting better - but when i see a slim women (i don't know why because most people work hard to look like that)-- that look good i glab my bloke hand - sad i know but now it has become more of a habit rather then being jealous!!!!

    so that to me will mean that its gone over the top!!!

    so i have stop myself --- so the thing i am saying is sometimes it can go to far as in a habit rather then jealous anymore!
  6. Ivy

    Ivy Silver Member

    Jealously is not a normal emotion. Envy is, which can often get confusd with Jealously. Envy is not a threat though where jealously (be it real or imagined) is.

    On this basis of course, there is no spill from normal levels to abnormal levels of jealously but they can be measured on intensity.

    For example: say i am jealous of this girl that my boyfriend works with. Am i jealous of her because shes interested in him? because hes interested in her? or because i am not secure? Now, 'normal' levels of this is to leave it at that. However, this can get intesified to levels where i may harbour destructive thoughts/actions against this imagined 'threat' - thats where its dangerous and 'abnormal' but non of it really is.

    envy however, would be i want a behind/legs/chest or her fancy car etc like hers...thats normal. Envy would spill to abnormal levels if i plotted to steal her car or destroy it. Thats where it changes.


  7. TwoPoundsPerWeek

    TwoPoundsPerWeek Full Member

    I think jealousy is very normal, but it crosses into a problem when it becomes obsessive or negatively affects other aspects of your life. If you're losing sleep, or spending money you don't have, or avoiding friends and phone calls, it can be a problem. But I don't see anything wrong with mentally calling a super-skinny girl a *****, or wishing your neighbor's new sports car would get keyed. As long as you don't punch the girl or slash the tires, you're doing ok. lol
  8. rowanx2

    rowanx2 Losing the baby fat

    Goal Weight:
    The Get into a Swimsuit Diet
    i used to be a very jealous person when I was young but I seemed to have grown out of it.
    it's normal when it's contained and not hurting yourself too much (a bit of jealousy isnt a bad thing) but when it gets into the realms of it taking over your every thought and action thats when it's a problem.

    a bit of envy or jealousy can help with self improvement, whether it be going up the work ladder or wanting to fit into the same things as your friends.

    Flower, who is a newbie on this site, had great arms, i'm jealous of her arms, so took up heavier weights to improve mine - I want arms like hers but I dont hate her for them, i'm just jealous i didnt get ones like hers.
  9. bexnkev

    bexnkev Silver Member

    Cambridge Diet
    I think most people do suffer with jealousy (actually more envy than jealousy) at one time or another but it's when that jealousy becomes destructive to yourself or others that it becomes harmful. My Dad has been very negative towards me since I'm losing weight and I feel this is because I'm now smaller than him. It isn't destructive to me because I won't let it be but it could easily be harmful if I wasn't such a strong person :)
  10. rowanx2

    rowanx2 Losing the baby fat

    Goal Weight:
    The Get into a Swimsuit Diet
    people like to encourage you - till you start doing better than them.
    thats a form of jealousy. i've only experienced that online though. (not this site i might add)
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