Envy in Relationships between Maternal Dyads

Greenwood, Sallie (2016) Envy in Relationships between Maternal Dyads. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 25 (1). pp. 48-54. ISSN 1066 4807 (In Press)

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Family forms such as foster, adoptive, and blended families where there may be two maternal figures are increasingly common.The relationship between the two women is complex, and it is argued that envy is an affect that may be present yet difficult to acknowledge and work through. Envy is a powerful and painful emotion that can override feelings of compassion, love, and gratitude. Consequently, because envy blocks emotions such as gratitude and generosity, while it is in play, the formation of cooperative relationships between the women are inhibited with potentially deleterious consequences for the family. This article explores contemporary understandings of envy, its potential sources and effects, and implications for counselling and therapy, so that women can be supported to negotiate these relationships if and when they encounter conflict.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:maternal dyads, envy, generosity, co-operative relationships
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:4721
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Deposited On:30 Nov 2016 19:49
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