Jealousy vs. Envy

Envy, the Green Eyed MonsterThere’s a subtle difference between jealousy and envy. They are not synonymous. They are two separate emotions and both, frankly, suck. And we’re also not talking about the LG phone, Envy, but we WILL see if the name makes sense with what it is! Plus, you’ll get to hear about the love life of a completely-made-up Jill and Evan and how jealousy and envy affected their relationship! Let’s read on, shall we?


Jealous Jill had a problem. Her boyfriend was checking out another girl. So why is Jill jealous and not envious? Because jealousy deals with wanting to keep what you have. It’s a fear of being replaced and being suspicious. She was afraid that her boyfriend would like the other girl more than her and that she would be replaced.


But what Jealous Jill didn’t know is that her boyfriend, Envious Evan, wasn’t really scoping out the hottie, but rather scoping out her phone, the Envy. Yeah I know, I’m laying this stuff on pretty thick, but it illustrates the point clearly. 😀 So basically, envy is when you want something that someone else has. And you usually want it pretty badly. Evan wanted the girl’s phone, not the girl herself. Envy is commonly used with material objects, but it would be perfectly acceptable to say that Jill was envious of the hottie’s, well, hottness.

Final Thoughts

So the phone named Envy kind of makes sense. If you don’t have the phone, you’ll be envious of those who do or so they claim. So remember, jealousy is when you want to keep what you have and envy is when you want what you don’t have. Good luck!

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