Jealousy and women


Jealousy appears in mythology, literature and religious writings. Whether motivating Greek gods in ancient myths or inducing misery in the form of Shakespeare's "green-ey'd monster" in Othello, jealousy spares no culture, race or gender. Its causes are complex and its effects are potentially devastating. Jealousy afflicts women in ways similar to, but also possibly different from men.

Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz suggests at MSNBC that the source of obsessive jealousy may lie in personal history or insecurity. Women who have a childhood history of rejection or who have experienced betrayal in adulthood may develop powerful feelings of jealousy that may be rooted more in personal experience than in current circumstances. Jealousy may also arise due to personal insecurities and poor self-esteem. Women who feel unlovable may fear potential rejection, and so are driven to control their partner in an attempt to avert betrayal.

We talk about some women.

Fortunately, not all women think so.



Jealousy: Shakespeare's Othello


Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger,
But, oh, what damnèd minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts— suspects, yet soundly loves!



Photo: James Earl Jones as Othello and Julienne Marie as Desdemona, New York Shakespeare Festival – 1964