The relationship of envy and characteristics of objective and subjective economic well-being



The relationship between envy and the characteristics of economic well-being of the individual is an important basis for the social behavior it implements. The article studies the relationship between the envy of the individual and the characteristics of the objective and subjective economic status. The study involved 196 people (44% of men) aged M=28.6; SD=8.5. The technique used for the diagnosis of envy personality and subject areas of envy (T.V. Beskova), subjective economic well-being (V.A. Khashchenko), the scale of economic status (A.L. Zhuravlev and A.B. Kupreychenko). It is shown that the relationship of income with envy is limited to several areas — health, recreation, material wealth, professional success (negative). The lack of financial resources and the severity of negative emotional States in connection with financial and material problems are associated with envy of a large number of objects of possession of Others. As a result of structural modeling it is established that satisfaction of material needs is a mediator of connection of envy and economic anxiety and financial deprivation.

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Keywords: personality, envy, income, subjective economic status, material well-being, envy-dislike, envy-despondency

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research , grant № 18-013-00134 А

For citation: Shamionov R.M. The relationship of envy and characteristics of objective and subjective economic well-being. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2019. Vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 87–97. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2019120207. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Rail M. Shamionov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Department of Social Psychology of Education and Development, Saratov State University (SSU), Saratov, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail: