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The Adaptive Functions of Jealousy

  • Jose C. YongEmail author
  • Norman P. Li
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Abstract

Jealousy is a troublesome emotional experience for those afflicted by its onset. The grip of the “green-eyed monster” has been known to cause misery and produce some drastic coping behaviors ranging from paranoid stalking to violent aggression. But rather than a product of civilized culture gone wrong or a mental disorder as some thinkers have claimed jealousy to be, the current chapter proposes from an evolutionary perspective that jealousy plays an important role in our lives by serving a critical adaptive function for humans—the vigilance over and protection of relationships that are valuable to us.

Keywords

Jealousy Evolutionary psychology Adaptations Function Sex differences Mating 

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  1. 1.School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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