“Are you really going to buy her a brand-new car?”
That was Kate’s (name changed for privacy) response when she learned that her younger sister would be driving a new car while she drove an old “beat up boat,” as her peers lovingly referred to it.
Her parents had a long list of reasons why they were buying her sister a car but it didn’t help Kate to feel any less jealous.
Jealousy is a normal human experience, but it’s important to get a handle on it. A recent study in the Journal of Family Psychology found that strained family relationships rooted in jealousy can cause health issues and chronic illnesses to worsen.
“One way of thinking about jealousy or envy between siblings is that we think we are competing for limited resources or status. If my sibling…