Alternative Lifestyles

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 373-392

First online:


An alternative lifestyle without jealousy?
  • Ayala PinesAffiliated withUniversity of California
  • , Elliot AronsonAffiliated withUniversity of California

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Kerista Village is an equalitarian, nonmonogamous, utopian community in San Francisco whose members claim to have eliminated sexual jealousy. Responses of 15 Keristans to a specially designed “Sexual Jealousy Inventory” were compared to responses given by 87 Americans and 17 Israelis. Results indicate that Keristans indeed report significantly less sexual jealousy than the other two groups. Various interpretations of these results are offered, all within a social psychological perspective.