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CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
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CHAPTER-17-18

CHAPTER FIFTY-ONE 

 

JEALOUSY AND HOW TO COMBAT IT 

 

Jealousy the Most Painful of Human Emotions--Impairment of 

Health--Mental Havoc--Jealousy as a Primitive Emotion--Jealousy 

in the Advanced Thinker and in the Savage--Jealousy in the 

Child--Feelings and Environmental Factors--Essential Factors-- 

Vanity--Anger--Pain--Envy--The Impotent Husband's Jealousy-- 

Anti-social Qualities--The Jealous and the Unfaithful Husband-- 

Means of Eradicating the Evil--Iwan Bloch on the Question--Prof. 

Robert Michels' Statement--Remark of Prof. Von Ehrenfels--Havelock 

Ellis on Variation in Sexual Relationships--Advanced Ideas--Woman 

as Man's Chattel--The Change and the Changer--Teaching the 

Children--Casting Epithets at Jealousy--Free Unions and Jealousy-- 

Feelings, Actions and Public Opinion--The Adulterous Wife of the 

Present Day--Jealousy Defeating Its Own Object--Jealousy of 

Inanimate Objects. 

 

 

He or she who has been so unfortunate as to experience the pangs--or 

fangs--of jealousy will readily admit that it is one of the most 

painful, if indeed _not_ the most painful, of all human emotions. The 

suffering that it metes out to its victims is indescribable. No other 

single human emotion so affects the body, so upsets the mind, so 

deranges every function, as does jealousy. The torture that it causes 

makes the sufferer a truly pitiable object: the complete loss of sleep 

and complete loss of appetite may result in a serious impairment of 

the sufferer's health, while the rage it often gives rise to may lead 

to actual insanity, or at least to great mental disturbance. With good 

reason has popular fancy pictured this cursed emotion as a green-eyed 

monster. 

 

Jealousy is a primitive emotion. It is present not only in the 

primitive races, but even in animals. And being a primitive emotion, 

we can hardly hope to succeed in eradicating it entirely. Not in the 

immediate future, at any rate. But we can modify it. 

 

The statement frequently heard that "human nature is human nature" is 

only a platitudinous half-truth. The fundamental part of human 

nature--the desire for happiness and the avoidance of suffering--cannot 

be changed, nor would we want to change it if we could. It would mean 

the disappearance of the human race. But that many of our primitive 

emotions can be greatly modified by culture, by new standards, by new 

ideals of morality, about this there can be no question. 

 

Just as love in modern man is an entirely different feeling from what 

it was in primitive man, so jealousy in the advanced thinker is a 

different feeling from what it was in the savage; and by education and 

true culture it can be modified still further. We hope that in time to 

come--I will not venture to say how soon that time will be here--this 


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