Envy, Competition and Gender provides a unique perspective on gender difference in relation to envy and competitiveness, reframing and de-demonizing these difficult emotions and revealing their potentially creative power.
Incorporating perspectives from psychology, psychiatry, social work, sociology and education, this book provides a comprehensive overview of theories and ideas on the links between gender, envy and competition. The book is divided into three sections, covering the individual and development, therapeutic implications and therapeutic applications in broader social and cultural contexts. Individual and group case stories are included throughout to illuminate discussion of crucial issues such as:
men, masculinity, and competition
gender differences in envying and being envied
the evolution of the female self
envy and generativity: owning our inner resources
envy in body transference and countertransference
envy and desire
revenge and retaliation.
This interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspective on envy and competition in relation to gender will be of great interest to all psychotherapists and related mental health professionals interested in investigating the positive potential of these powerful emotions.
Leyla Navaro is an individual, couple and group psychotherapist in private practice in Istanbul. She is an author and presenter on gender issues, concentrating in particular on gender differences in anger, power, dependency and interdependency issues, jealousy, envy and competition.
Sharan L. Schwartzberg is Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University, Medford MA, USA located in the Boston area. She has written widely on the subjects of group work in occupational therapy, interactive reasoning and ethical and legal dilemmas in the field.