There Are Two Types of Envy, and Only One Is Toxic

Malicious envy is almost always self-destructive, but benign envy can be a tool for self-improvement

Laura Barcella
Forge
Published in
5 min readJul 24, 2019

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Illustration: Aaron Fernandez

IIt’s hard to find someone who has anything good to say about envy. It’s not just that it’s an unpleasant feeling to experience — it’s also widely considered a litmus test of character, a window into the darker…

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Laura Barcella
Forge
Writer for

Journalist. Author. Crime junkie. Cat lady. www.laurabarcella.com