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Bangalore-based Rashmi Vasudeva's journalism has appeared in many Indian and international publications over the past decade. A features writer with over nine years of experience heading a health and fitness supplement in a mainstream Indian newspaper, her niche areas include health, wellness, fitness, food, nutrition and Indian classical Arts.
Her articles have appeared in various publications including Mint-Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, Deccan Herald (mainstream South Indian newspaper), Smart Life (Health magazine from the Malayala Manorama Group of publications), YourStory (India's media technology platform for entrepreneurs), Avantika (a noir arts and theatre magazine), ZDF (a German public broadcasting company) and others.
In 2006, she was awarded the British Print-Chevening scholarship to pursue a short-term course in new-age journalism at the University of Westminster, U.K. With a double Masters in Globalisation and Media Studies from Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), University of Amsterdam and Swansea University in Wales, U.K., she has also dabbled in academics, travel writing and socio-cultural studies. Mother to a frisky toddler, she hums 'wheels on the bus' while working and keeps a beady eye on the aforementioned toddler's antics.
It does make serendipitous sense to explore the many facets of jealousy on the eve of the International Women's Day, since jealousy has been historically (and arguably, unfairly) deeply associated with a woman's rather than a man's emotions.
But really, as philosopher and University of Birmingham Professor Luke Brunning says, who has been spared from being churned by this complicated, messed-up emotion?
In this short podcast (there is also an accompanying essay), Brunning takes the listener on a sort of anthropological journey of jealousy, and it is fascinating because his words make you examine your own feelings, a little more unflinchingly. Yes, jealousy is horrible but it is also inevitable, he argues. Then, he ups the ante and presents a case for jealousy – that it can be valuable when viewed objectively; it is integral to relationships; it is an instrument of care; it nudges you to reflect upon yourself, and it can even be an erotic catalyst.
But of course, he makes it clear that its so-called positive aspects do not mean one should consciously cultivate jealousy as a character trait. In fact, there is considerable evidence that links jealousy with the more dangerous traits of aggression, manipulation and other harmful behaviors. Instead, he makes a case for a ‘new’ emotion, ‘compersion’, a neologism, which in essence, is feeling good when the people we care about, especially our partners, flourish with other people. Compersion has been defined as the joy in seeing one’s partner happily in love with others as well as a vicarious enjoyment of a lover's joy. But it is more than that; compersion, he argues, is learning to be sensitive to how others fare and eventually feeling positive about their happiness. Not a bad antidote to jealousy, one must admit.
Several questions can well be raised about his approach; however, his views do make for an interesting starting point to examine this universal emotion.