JEALOUSY FUELS REVENGE
Tuesday, September 05, 2000
PSYCHOLOGIST Dr Prem Misra said there was clear evidence that women are
more likely than men to want to take revenge.
He said: "This is true, traditionally, culturally and genetically. In
females, the feeling of jealousy is more strong than it is in males.
"If the female feels insecure, the desire for revenge grows stronger and
stronger. Jealousy is a normal human reaction, but it can get out of
control leading to the desire to hurt somebody emotionally, physically
"It seems that in females this desire does not go away as quickly as it
does in men - women don't forget hurt as easily."
Dr Misra added: "And if they don't get their revenge, they can become
uptight and restless. The act of taking revenge can be _ a release for
them. In some cultures, people do not feel the need for revenge because
their domestic situations make feelings of jealousy rare.
"For example, in Tibetan culture, a woman may have a number of husbands
and they feel the situation is normal.
"In other cultures, men have a number of wives who help each other out
as friends and feel no jealousy towards each other.
"Revenge is closely associated with cultural factors."
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