CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories

Lounge
Community 


Jealousy, a Potential Motivator?

Someone recently started a thread about jealousy and this got me thinking.

Could jealousy be a motivator? If so, would it be healthy to be somewhat if not totally motivated by jealousy?

Just curious...thought this would make for good conversation!


Fri. Mar 10, 12:18pm

Add comment  
Sure it's a motivator, but I feel like you have the wrong ideals in mind then. If you want something and want to stick with it, do it for yourself, not for any other reason.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 12:20 PM

Add comment
yes. jealousy or should I say envy motivates me all the time. If I'm envious about what someone has, a thinner body, a bigger house, it helps me to focus and realize what I really want and I start working towards it. I make it work for me rather than against me. I view it as an extremely positive thing.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 12:22 PM

Add comment
Sometimes I wonder if it is more competitiveness than jealousy. I have a sister-in-law whom I am secretly competitive with. She has no clue that I'm competitive with her, but it drives me crazy that her booty is twice the size of mine and yet she weighs 20 lbs less than me. Is it because I'm jealous? Maybe, but it still motivates me to want to look good, or better than her. I know that makes me sound awful - but it's true!

So I think jealousy, or competitiveness can be good if it motivates you. But there's got to be more to your motivation than just that. Your core motivation has got to be that you're doing it for your own health and happiness - not for someone else. The jealousy factor is just a little bit of extra that helps fuel the fire inside you to get it done.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 12:44 PM

Add comment
In my eyes, being competitive is seeing what you want and going for it (to achieve you must see and believe)...whereas being jealous is seeing what you want but not doing anything about it, thus feeling bitter because you don't have it. Therefore, I think jealousy is unhealthy, but being competitive is healthy.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 12:55 PM

Add comment
I agree completely! A man would definitely get away calling it competition, so I think women should be able to as well! :<) I had the same deal with a sis-in-law. I had been with my current husband for 10+ years before she came into our lives, and then her and my bro-in-law got married before we did. She always seemed to find situations to rub it in my face, like at dinners, pointing out that I was the only one who didn't have the same last name. But before they got married, I got in the best shape of my life and looked better at her wedding than she did. To be in shape for her wedding was a great inspiration for me because I knew that I was going to be feeling insecure that my own man and I weren't traditionaly married!

However, now we are married and she is since divorced. But enough of the rambling.

Your motivators for losing weight and keeping on track change all the time - that's just the way it is. I say you grab hold of whatever it is and hang on! Just don't use it as an excuse to abuse your body.


Friday, March 10, 2006, 12:55 PM

Add comment
Nope - negativity just begats more negativity. Jealously is a destructive motivator.

I am often inspired by others, but I do not get jealous of others. Jealously is the most narcissistic of all the negative emotions IMO. It is an tacit admission that you are more deserving of this 'quality' or possession rather than someone else who may have earned their rewards fair 'n square or was blessed by genetic circumstance. You envy what they have without care or consideration for the person who attained it. I cannot see this as a positive motivator.

In a competative situation you are willing to do everything the other person is in pursuit of the same outcome - you are just determined to do it faster/better/more. This is not 'getting away with' calling jealously by another name.

When you are inspired by another - you admire their strength, dedication, determination, willpower, hard work, etc.... You examine how they have acheived this outcome that find so desireable and then you study their methods and adapt that which works for you.

I prefer to be inspired by others.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 2:01 PM

Add comment
^^^ BTW, very interesting thread. I forgot to add "Thank You" for posting this. Lots of food for thought here ;-)

Friday, March 10, 2006, 2:02 PM

Add comment
I think its sometimes the best motivator... same with wanting ppl to be like " whoa look at her" and you being like " hahaha I look so much better then you" muaha lol.. I think as long as it isnt hurtful... and you keep some of these things more in your mind.. they can be the most powerful!

Friday, March 10, 2006, 2:25 PM

Add comment
yeah, it's a powerful motivator, but what is it based on? if you make decisions in your life based on what other people think about you, in the end, you aren't going to be happy regardless of how much weight you lose or how nice of a house you have or what nice clothes you have. it's going to leave you feeling empty and there will always be somebody around the corner who is thinner or has more money or a better job or better looking husband. i make a very conscious effort to not encourage those attributes in myself. we all have them, but they are certainly not positive.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 3:23 PM

Add comment
I believe that the point of the subject was CAN jealousy be a motivator, not SHOULD it be. In a perfect world, the answer to both questions would be no. But as we all know, this is not a perfect world - and we are far from perfect people - so yes, it can be a potential motivator.

-Star

Friday, March 10, 2006, 4:57 PM

Add comment
Actually, if you re-read the original post, it was:

"Could jealousy be a motivator? If so, would it be healthy to be somewhat if not totally motivated by jealousy?"

So the poster *was* asking if it *should* be a motivator.


Friday, March 10, 2006, 10:06 PM

Add comment
Yes it can be a motivator but it most certainly should not be encouraged.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 10:06 PM

Add comment
I think the 2:01pm poster definitely has the right idea of what jealousy actually means. No matter how motivated you were by it, imagine how unhappy you would be if you were jealous all the time.

Jealous natures are never really satisfied. You spend most of your time looking at what other people have, and when you are finally convinced that you are better off than so-and-so, you will find someone else to be jealous of...It's not a pretty thing for people to witness. And I don't think it's something you can keep hidden either - one way or another you will be giving off those jealous vibes. Not attractive.

Friday, March 10, 2006, 11:05 PM

Add comment
ere

Celebrate the gridiron action with an official NFL Jersey from Wholesale Jerseys 2016 . There is no better way to cheer on your team than to replicate the look of your favorite players! At FansEdge.com we have a vast collection of officially licensed NFL Jerseys to help you show off your team spirit
  • 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII
  • . From Nike Game jerseys, to Limited and Elite Nike NFL jerseys, our NFL Fan Shop has everything you need to show your true devotion as a fan.

    Authentic Elite NFL Jerseys: You might not have the opportunity to throw a touchdown pass but you can have the next best thing with one of our Authentic Elite
  • 2014 Pro Bowl
  • . Just like what the players wear, our NFL Nike Elite jerseys are a great way to show your dedication. Made from water-resistant fabric
  • 2013 Super Bowl XLVII
  • , these Nike NFL Jerseys are built to withstand the same punishment your favorite NFL players endure on the gridiron. Take the opportunity to join the game with one of our Authentic NFL jerseys.

    NFL Limited Jerseys: The perfect combination of durable construction and team spirit
  • CFL Jersey
  • , our selection of NFL Limited jerseys is an absolute must-have for any diehard fan. Our NFL Shop is stockpiled with Nike Limited jerseys. Made from 100% polyester, these NFL Nike jerseys are covered in team colors and are tailored to provide ultimate comfort and durability
  • Draft Darren Sproles
  • . Limited jerseys also feature raised appliqué numbers on the front and back to resemble a traditional stitched NFL jersey look. These are great jerseys at an affordable price!

    NFL Game Jerseys: With a great look and durable construction, our Nike Game jerseys are the real deal
  • Hall of Fame 50th Patch
  • . Each jersey features silicone printed graphics of your favorite player's name and number and is tailored to provide you ultimate comfort while showing off your team pride. We offer a range of sizes in our Big & Tall jersey selection with up to 4XL sizing.

    NFL Throwback Jerseys: Add a little old school flair to your wardrobe collection with one of our
  • NFL QB Jerseys
  • . You can turn back the clock by putting on one of these 100% polyester NFL jerseys. We have all the classics from a 1963 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns jersey to a 1983 Walter Payton Chicago Bears jersey. Turn back the clock with one of these Throwback NFL jerseys.

  • Jerseys Big Size
  • : If you are an MVP then head over to our Customized Jersey section. Here you can customize your favorite team's jersey with your own name and number. Constructed from 100% polyester
  • NHL
  • , these NFL Jerseys are just as tough and durable as what the players wear on the field.

    Also, don't forget about our Women's
  • MLB
  • , Youth Jerseys, and Toddler NFL Jerseys! Whatever type of Jersey you choose for yourself or a gift, we know you will be happy with your football jersey. FansEdge has all the NFL for the true fan in you!

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 11:35 PM

    Add comment








    Related Content:

    How To Lose Weight- The Basics
    Weight Watchers Points System
    The Fat Smash Diet
    The Eat To Live Diet
    The Beck Diet Solution
    How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight

     

    How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

    How To Burn Fat
    Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
    Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
    Tips On Using PEERtrainer
    Visit The PEERtrainer Community
    Diet and Fitness Resources

    Fitness

    Weight Watchers Meetings
    Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
    Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
    Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
    How I Became A Marathon Runner

     

    Preventive Health

    How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
    Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
    Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
    Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
    Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

    New Diet and Fitness Articles:

    Weight Watchers Points Plus
    How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
    New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
    New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
    Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program
     

    Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

    Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
    How To Delay Short Term Gratification
    How To Stay Motivated
    How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

    Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

    Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
    Are Protein Drinks Safe?
    Nutrition As Medicine?
     

    Everyday Weight Loss Tips

    How To Eat Healthy At A Party
    How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
    The Three Bite Rule
    Tips On How To Stop A Binge