Mar 19, 2010
We begin the first of several episodes on the troubling emotion of jealousy. If you have ever felt love for anyone, you almost certainly have experienced jealousy. Not much is said about this emotion, but it is something that I expect many, if not most people wrestle with. I tell the story of John and Kara. This is based on a tragic but true relationship, where jealousy became deadly. I did not know the people personally, but I may have passed them on the street. The terrbible climax of this story occurred not far from where I used to work and live, and it affected me greatly. All kinds of questions come to mind- why would anyone feel so desperate as to take their own life and the life of the one they supposedly loved? How can jealousy go so wrong? Can jealousy be stopped or at least controlled? Before we can start to answer these questions, we must first be clear about what is jealousy.
In the next episode, we will take a look at this emotion of jealousy and get a handle on what is it exactly. We will study a close cousin of jealousy that it is often confused with it- envy.
This podcast series is based on my book The Six Faces of Love which can be viewed at craigowen.net