Josh Gressel, PhD is a clinical psychologist and certified Imago couples therapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay area. He is also the author of the 2014 book, Embracing Envy: Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion
David Van Nuys, PhD
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listened to most of the audio. I've always connected envy with covetousness. As in one envies because one covets another's physical emotional or material assets. This implies the envious are incapable of acquiring the coveted asset[s] by the dint of their own effort. Hence the deployment of this egotistical shadow element of human nature. Fortunately most of us have had 15 or 16 years of maternal conditioning in regard to the problem of envy and covetousness and have discovered a way to acquire what we want by the dint of our own self discipline and effort, as opposed to acquiring what we want by force deceit et al... Covetousness and envy generally steer one to the use of force to acquire our hearts desire don't they. How can one not equate jealousy with possessiveness for that matter. Gressel also raised the problem of jealousy as well....