Abuja,- Dr Babatunde Durojaiye, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Abuja, says egocentrism is the major reason for jealousy and envy in the society.
The don defined egocentrism as a personality disorder in which people see themselves, their interests and opinions as the only ones that really mattered in all social interactions.
Dr Durojaiye made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that although there were differences between the two words, jealousy and envy were usually used interchangeably within the spectrum of human emotions.
“Jealousy and envy are often used synonymously, but both are emotional words that humans have developed through evolution and social adaptation.
“Jealousy refers to the fear of losing someone or something you value, while envy is resentment over something you do not have but want.
“ Very few people will argue that jealousy and envy have positive influence in our lives, rather the effects are harmful.
“The harmful effects include resentment, bitterness, depression, discontent, distress and constant battle that wars against our heart and soul.
“The major factor that causes jealous and envious thought is egocentrism, a personality disorder where an individual has a distorted self image, unstable and intense emotions. “Such person is overly preoccupied with prestige, power and personal adequacy, lack of empathy and above all an exaggerated sense of superiority.”
Durojaiye appealed that the society should see jealous and envious people as suffering from imbalance personalities.
“We must as a society begin to recognise that people with egocentrism are not interested in the feelings of others, they lack empathy; they are unable to feel or appreciate feelings which are not their own.
“Therefore, they are supposed to be treated as someone suffering from disease.”
The don suggested a treatment options of psychotherapy, a cognitive behavioural therapy and a therapy that would help the person identify negative beliefs and behaviours to replace them with healthy and positive ones. (NAN)