Prompt of the Week: What Does Jealousy Feel Like?

Describe what jealousy feels like.


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12 thoughts on “Prompt of the Week: What Does Jealousy Feel Like?

  1. It feels like a suffocating, slow death, as though your heart and body are ripping away from one another while your head is a raging mess, so full of chemical and conscience that it cannot hold itself together, much less the rest of you.

    It is a smallness, a corroded metal brittleness, a bitter herb flavour in your being at knowing you’re not enough, that you’re so damn easy to leave behind and forget.

    It is fear you choke on while smiling, while praying to whatever God there be you keep smiling and if God is good they’ll never know of the aching, the longing, the desperate animal starvation you have for simply belonging.

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  2. Jealousy retreated from life, for she knew she could never measure up.
    Dating, ha! Her best friend, blond-haired blue-eyed beauty, always got her way, while jealousy drove the car, tears streaming down her face, looking in the mirror as her ex stuck his tongue down her best friend’s throat.
    Family? A cruel joke. She retreated once more. Laying on her couch, scrolling through the picture perfect lives of her friends with their children. Happy for them, yes, but clutching her own stomach, knowing once more she’d never have what she wanted most.
    Career? Slaving away, passed over time and time again while the schmoozers who half-assed delivered got promoted ahead of her. She knew she could expose them, but why? They would just call her jealous if she did.
    Jealousy hurts the jealous one most.

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  3. Jealousy feels like you’re devoured from the inside, and your heart is replaced with sawdust. Suddenly you can’t love and you can’t understand, all you can do is regret. I know because I have felt it; it isn’t a snake bite, but an arrow that missed the target and hit someone you love.

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  4. For me, this is an impossible question to answer. When I thought about it, I realised that I’ve never felt jealousy. I recognise it in my dogs, but I don’t know what it’s like. Lucky me, I guess.

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  5. Jealousy always makes some mess in our life. It’s such a poisonous thing that destroy the peace of people . When someone gets jealous of another person just lost sense of humour.

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  6. Jealousy feels like acid reflux; a bitter taste that burns the softest parts of you. It feels like a migraine; bright lights and sounds and things that should be fun becoming overwhelming to the point of agony. It’s arrogance and self-pity. It’s sour and odorous. It’s not green like Envy. It’s grey and pallid. A rotting husk. Jealousy feels like a tape worm, like an ulcer, like a virus. Like getting eaten from the inside out. It’s Rage on a low boil, simmering Pride spiced with WANT. It’s not coveting your neighbor’s wife, but wondering why he has one and you don’t. It’s unlicensed jurisprudence. Judge and jury. Surely if the universe were a fair place, something good would have come to you and not to them. Jealousy is isolation. Jealousy is me.

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  7. Jealousy is a desire for something you think you can’t have. At least that’s how it seems to me. Luckily, I do not often experience jealousy. Say your friend gets a brand new car and you’re driving this 12 year old rattletrap. And you’d really like to have a brand new car too but it’s just not in your budget. I think that what you might feel right then is jealousy. But it’s a tricky emotion and can lots of triggers and can feel very different depending on the circumstances. So you might be able to say what it feels like in the moment, but you can’t really say what it feels like. If you get my meaning.

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