Written by Barbara on January 14th, 2012

ENVY v. Fairness

One of the juiciest debates to emerge in the 2012 Presidential race. Is it ENVY or a matter of fairness—- one of many themes in our doc-in-progress on this powerful human emotion.  Check out this latest NPR piece at the link below.

Find out more and join the conversation @ENVYthedoc on Twitter.



Written by Barbara on January 13th, 2012

Lots of talk on the political stage these days via Mitt Romney whether it’s ENVY or plain old outrage over greed and unfairness bubbling up in Americans today. What do you think?


Driven to Distraction

Written by Barbara on September 27th, 2011


Women in Saudi Arabia just won the right to vote, but are threatened with whip lashings if they attempt to drive to the polls to exercise that right.

Why do women there face such an uphill battle to get behind the wheel?
Is it ENVY of women that fuels this continuing injustice?  What do you think?

As tweeted by Christiane Amanpour of ABC News,
‘A story from Absurdistan.’


‘The Writer’s Disease’

Written by Barbara on September 2nd, 2011

writingpastCool post on ambition & ENVY from Douglas Eby. Lots of insights, including mention of a title from the 90’s we haven’t yet explored but will — Bonnie Friedman’s Writing Past Dark: ENVY, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life.

Friedman calls ENVY ‘the writer’s disease.’  Yup. :)

Thanks to Kim Carlson, who posted Eby’s work on Facebook.


Homophobia & ENVY

Written by Barbara on June 24th, 2011

In honor of Gay Pride Week, we’ve been wondering: how much of the zeal to keep gay people from full equal rights is somehow rooted in ENVY?   Are vitriolic homophobes perhaps envious of others’ ability to live free and honestly?  Kinda makes you think.

Then we came across this post from Christian writer Jerry Maneker who has asked the same questions. What say you?

Photo by Barbara Rick

Photo by Barbara Rick


The Art of the Humblebrag

Written by Barbara on May 5th, 2011

Funny, laser-like observations here from Harris Wittels — standup comedian & writer on NBC’s Parks & Recreation.  He’s got a Twitter page that follows those guilty of the humble brag: silly, whiny complaints masking a major brag.

“What I hate about a humble brag is that people try to come off like they aren’t bragging. It’s people not being honest about their intention. Just tell us you are at an exclusive party. Don’t hide it behind a complaint about your dress not fitting.”

Are the folks that do this deliberately stoking ENVY? Wittels thinks so:  ”I have realized that people do most things so they can tell other people about it. It’s all validation.”

Thanks to @lskonech for the tip on this piece!!

TWEET8‘Ugh. I just pocket dialed spokesperson for Pentagon.’ —Greta Van Susteren


Seth Godin: ‘The internet as ENVY amplifier’

Written by Barbara on April 18th, 2011

‘I’m not sure the goal needs to be to have more turtles under you than anyone else has.’

Thought-provoking piece on ENVY from amazing Seth Godin. Thanks to Peter Crosby for the heads up on this!


Gwyneth #ENVY ??

Written by Barbara on April 16th, 2011


She’s blonde. Thin. Rich. Married to a rock star.  Charmed-life liver.  What’s not to ENVY about G.P.?  The envied one talks candidly about her haters. paltrow-cookbook-magazine-glee-album/

Do you agree that ‘hard work’ makes a person’s luck?


The FOMO Factor

Written by Barbara on March 19th, 2011

FOMO = Fear of missing out. The phrase attributed to Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake about the #ENVY being generated on Twitter these days.

On the front page of today’s New York Times the headline reads:

“On Twitter, ‘What a Party!’ Brings an Envious ‘Enough, Already!’”

twitterbird3“Twitter users are tiring of it: the sharp pang of envy that comes when someone they are following on the social networking site is clearly having a better time than they are — right now.”

Tweets from this year’s SXSW had other users questioning whether tweeters were “showing off rather than sharing.”

Read the rest of this thoughtful article from the Times’ Amy Harmon on all this:

Check it out. Let us know what you think!  Are you tired of celebrity sightings and name dropping?  Do you ever feel envious of a tweet?  Is the Twitter tide changing? Will the underdog win with the Twitter audience?


Charlie ENVY

Written by Barbara on March 3rd, 2011

I don’t understand what I did wrong except live a life that everyone is jealous of. ~ Charlie Sheen

Joanna Rabiger hits the ENVY nail on the head once again with this sighting from Mr. Happy.  Send us your ENVY sightings!