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Jealousy is all around

You probably learned about jealousy from fairy tales …it’s the reason beautiful Snow White’s less gorgeous stepmother fed her that poisoned apple. As for the spite Cinderella’s Ugly Sisters displayed..let’s not even go there. John Lennon wrote a confessional song that reflects the pain that’s felt and dealt when you want someone or something so fiercely, it never feels enough: ‘Didn't mean to hurt you. I'm sorry that I made you cry. Oh no, I didn't mean to hurt you. I'm just a jealous guy.’ In the bible, Cain kills his brother Abel, whom he thinks God prefers and earlier this year, on Coronation Street, Kirsty accused Tina of fancying Tyrone. The two women then had a right old scuffle.


So jealousy is all around us like a virus: everyone but a saint has felt its sickening symptoms.  It has the power to infect lovers, friends, business colleagues both after the same job, or brothers and sisters competing for love and attention within the same family. Jealousy is not a pretty emotion, and its sometimes unbearable intensity provokes quite awful outcomes. It’s particularly rough in teenage years when the feelings of love and hate can be massively more intense than they are later. It may bring out the worst of our anger or break our hearts. It can make us long for revenge or feel thoroughly ashamed of experiencing it at all. 

Here are some stories that you might relate to...

Lately, Jake, 16 has been eyeing up Chloe, 15 who is the best mate of his ex-girlfriend Lisa, also 15   Lisa sees that Chloe’s tempted, so she warns her off: ‘Don’t even think about it’ she hisses behind her geography text book. ‘He was mine first and that’s how I still think of him…anyway he doesn’t like girls with no curves…’


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