What, from the brain, is the difference between envy and jealousy?

Genetic emotion programs determine our complete behavior, especially in interdependencies.

One of the most important regulations for all members within communities is the genetic emotion programmes for the distribution of resources elementary to the community, such as food, heat, etc.

Feed envy is precisely one of these patterns of behaviour defined by emotion programs.

Each chick of a nest claims the maximum amount of food brought in by the parents, while the parents from the waiting of the offspring feeder tend to prefer a level distribution in order to get as many chicks as possible through.

Different perspectives become apparent:

1.A chick expects everything, so even his siblings will be displaced out of food envy, because it is not viable on its own, and therefore its siblings will be at maximum disadvantage.

2.The chick parents therefore have the task of carrying out a level-by-balance of the feed because of their interest in as many offspring as possible.

3.The equal distribution of food by the parents is limited for genetic reasons, since parents in a offspring more or less recognize themselves. Therefore, some parents prefer more or less the offspring, which are more than similar to them, which animals can notice, for example, in the smell and the reaction speed. If some empathy genes are more pronounced in a parent, it prefers to feed the offspring that are more similar to the partner.

This means that envy must always be considered from at least two directions and genetically, which is especially true for sex envy.


Since sex is an elementary resource for generating offspring, sex is also subject to the usual envy emotions.

If others have sex, it is either rejected (because you don’t have one yourself), or for your own reasons of longing, certain people are granted, whether in the public media, with your own children, relatives or neighbors.

If/are the person/s involved sympathetic, one approves of sex, and one’s own envy expresses itself only weakly, or is covered with empathy.

If the participants are unsympathetic, i.e. genetically different, one sees sex in others rather as a public disorder, and this out of pure envy, which the affected persons can hardly admit themselves.

In some times and societies, group sex was and is therefore an accepted means (equal distribution, see point 2 above) in order to avoid/reduce envy/jealousy, and thus to pacify a society also in an important area (see also bonobos or the 70s).


Jealousy has the added genetic component of fear ofloss, which is why jealousy is a further aggravation to envy, as loss of contact with a relationship person has some other significant personal Disadvantages brings:

1.If you are in a relationship, a large part of the reality and truth-telling is done with that person, because similar persons can provide greater truth factors. Consequently, with similar partners, one is more confident, more satisfied and has very similar ideas of reality in some areas, which gives a lot of certainty.

2.A close partner is based on similarity, because otherwise one could not understand oneself well, and this is exactly the advantage that one recognizes with it also for the offspring’ economy. Parents who get along well, because similar, are the better parents, and thus also very important foundations for the rearing of children, education and the parent-child relationship.

Both points are fundamental to triggering jealousy.


Jealousy is therefore not only based on the sex that the other partner has out of justifiable envy, but one does not, but additionally on the two above points, which is why particularly strong jealousies occur in the hormonal wedding of child-making (around 27), understandably, and justifiably, since descendants are elementary for every individual and every society.

Envy (food envy) is therefore only ONE of the foundations for jealousy, i.e. the sex envy.

The additional essential basis of jealousy is to keepthe truly suitable partner, to use it to achieve sufficient reality and truth, and, most importantly, to be able to form a better basis for offspring.

See also:

Ron Heide’s response to What are feelings orEmotions?

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