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CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
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CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

injurious, degrading, anti-social feeling may be entirely or almost 

entirely eradicated from the human breast. 

 

The primitive desire--and this primitive desire of the race is still 

fully exhibited by children--is to take possession of everything nice 

or useful that somebody else has and which we have not. But our 

education and our cultural standards, including fear of punishment, 

have so repressed this desire, have put it so deeply in the 

background, that normal human beings hardly feel it at all. 

 

It is only improperly brought up people, mental defectives and those 

unable to adjust themselves to their environment who still have this 

primitive feeling of taking or stealing. And so with many other 

feelings and emotions; and so with jealousy. 

 

If we, at the very first notice of a manifestation of jealousy by a 

child, should frown upon it, if we should explain to the child or 

adolescent that jealousy is a mean, degrading feeling, that it is a 

feeling to be ashamed of, a feeling to hide and not to show off or 

even be proud of--as some are now--then jealousy would manifest itself 

in a much smaller number of individuals, and those unfortunate enough 

to be attacked by it would try to repress it, to hide it, to overcome 

it, so that it would eventually become paler and less acute and its 

consequences would be less significant, less disastrous for both the 

victim and for the persons concerned. Feelings, let us bear in mind, 

are not spontaneous things uninfluenced by any environmental factors. 

Feelings are like plants; under one environment you may foster their 

growth and make them develop luxuriantly; under another environment 

you may dwarf their growth and strangle them. 

 

In order to enable us to inhibit the growth of the demon of jealousy, 

we must learn what its essence is and what factors are favorable to 

its development. 

 

 

=Causes of Jealousy= 

 

The essential factor in jealousy is _fear_. Fear of losing the beloved 

object, fear of losing the person who provides you with sexual 

satisfaction, or the mere economic fear of losing a material provider. 

The latter kind of fear is, of course, more often manifested--even 

though unconsciously--in women. Women who have no love for their 

husbands are nevertheless often fiercely jealous, because consciously 

or unconsciously they are afraid that their husbands may desert them 

for other women, and that they may thus find themselves in a 

precarious economic condition. 

 

Another factor in jealousy is wounded _vanity_. We do not like to feel 

that somebody is considered superior to us. This feeling of wounded 

vanity is present in other varieties of envy or rivalry. A person who 

loses in a race or gets a lower mark in his examination than his rival 

may be filled with a feeling of envy and hatred almost equal in 


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