The green eyed monster !!!

Blinded by Jealousy?

ScienceDaily (Apr. 14, 2010) — Jealousy really is "blinding," according to a new study by two University of Delaware psychology professors. They found that women who were made to feel jealous were so distracted by unpleasant emotional images they became unable to spot targets they were trying to find.


 

The researchers suggest that their results reveal something profound about social relationships and perception:

 It has long been known that the emotions involved in social relationships affect mental and physical health,

 but now it appears that social emotions can literally affect what we see.

The research appears in the April issue of the journal Emotion, published by the American Psychological Association. UD psychology professors Steven Most and Jean-Philippe Laurenceau and their colleagues tested heterosexual romantic couples in a lab experiment. The romantic partners sat near each other at separate computers. The woman was asked to detect targets (pictures of landscapes) amid rapid streams of images, while trying to ignore occasional emotionally unpleasant (gruesome or graphic) images.

The man was asked to rate the attractiveness of landscapes that appeared on his screen. Partway through the experiment, the experimenter announced the male partner would now rate the attractiveness of other single women.

At the end, the females were asked how uneasy they felt about their partner rating other women’s attractiveness.

The finding? The more jealous the women felt, the more they were so distracted by unpleasant images that they could not see the targets. This relationship between jealousy and "emotion-induced blindness" emerged only during the time that the male partner was rating other women, helping rule out baseline differences in performance among the women.

The researchers don’t yet know what will happen when the roles are reversed; in these experiments, it was always the women who searched for a target. Future research might reveal whether men tend to be less or more blinded by jealousy.

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The green eyed monster.

Jealousy is an instinctive emotion that arises most commonly in women who do not feel sufficiently worthy to retain affection and respect purely on their own merits.

 It is often a lack of self-esteem that causes women to attempt to constrain the behaviour of their friends and lovers, when in fact those constraints and the emotions that they represent are far more likely to damage the relationships they are intended to protect.

 

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“‘For where Love reigns, disturbing Jealousy
Doth call himself Affection’s sentinel;
Gives false alarms, suggesteth mutiny,
And in a peaceful hour doth cry ‘Kill, kill!’

William Shakespeare (Venus & Adonis)

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""Beware this most destructive of emotions, it can destroy your life""  !!!

 

 

 

6 responses to “The green eyed monster !!!

  1. Kenny, I think I commented on a similar issue before which is why when I read this blog, I felt no need to make comment. I do not entertain this negative emotion as it creates chaos in relationships. Where ever possible, communication is key.Wishing you a pleasent evening. I must sleep now before my brown eyes becoming bloddshot with fatigue. xx

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  2. Hmmm, I used to be extremely confident about my marriage and my ex – perhaps if I hadn’t been, if I had only been paying a little more attention, been a tad less certain of myself I might not be headed for a divorce now.

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  3. Laird lol. it also explains why some working men open their bait box only to find 2 slices of bread and a bone !!!Suki spot on there my dear.Timid one. I don’t have a jealous bone in my body. it’s in my bait box !Natalia. interesting to note you have not commented on this post. one wonders why !!! As Suki Say’s " love yourself and be confident."

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  4. fascinating – so womens visual capacity is different . "unable to spot targets they were trying to find " – that explains why they drive down the centre lanes of the A1 /M1 !

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  5. The green eyed monster is a destractive force, learn to love yourself be confident in the person with in and the GEM will fade awaysuki x

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  6. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!" you mean?!! ;)Interesting and potentially controversial…they chose not to reverse the roles in this experiment….could it be perhaps that the male ego does not wish to learn that men are just as bad as women when it comes to displays of jealousy??!!! …Timid one :)

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