Envy in Relationships between Maternal Dyads

Greenwood, Sallie (2017) Envy in Relationships between Maternal Dyads. Family Journal, 25 (1). pp. 48-54. ISSN 10664807

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Families where there are two maternal figures such as blended families are increasingly common. The relationship between the two women is complex and I argue 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 co-operative relationships between the women are inhibited with deleterious consequences for the family. This paper 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 difficult relationships.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:Maternal dyads, envy, shame, blended families
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:5666
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