ENVY: What People Envy but Hate to Admit


What is envy to you, and what do you envy?
Have you ever wondered if other people feel the same way?
If you're curious, read further, and find out what other people are saying about their own envy -
maybe if you're lucky, you'll discover something more about yourself too

WORDS METYS NGO 

PHOTOGRAPHY METYS NGO & CHIA JIA LI

 

Evelin Pap, 28, Front Desk Supervisor

“I usually envy people who are travelling a lot, because I would like to myself, but I don’t have a lot of time to do that. But aside from that I don’t think I envy other people, I’m happy for them. I think envy is a more negative emotion, and I don’t really envy other people. Because when I was a kid, my mother told me not to be jealous about other people, but be happy for them, so it’s something I try my best to live by.”

“I usually envy people who are travelling a lot, because I would like to myself, but I don’t have a lot of time to do that. But aside from that I don’t think I envy other people, I’m happy for them. I think envy is a more negative emotion, and I don’t really envy other people. Because when I was a kid, my mother told me not to be jealous about other people, but be happy for them, so it’s something I try my best to live by.”

Anna Lisa Joosten, 17, Student

“I envy people when their rate of progression is a lot faster than mine, especially when we started the thing at the same time. For example, dance. If I start dancing with someone and the person improves much faster than me, I get a bit envious. But I try not to be!”    “I also have very sensitive skin, so I’m always trying to wear oversized shirts or shirts that cover my arms at least, because I get heat rash. So I get really envious when girls have really smooth skin, or they don’t need to wear makeup to look good. It’s so hard. So yeah, I’m kind of insecure about my skin, and I get envious when I see girls with better skin without doing anything. It’s unhealthy for sure - I should just learn to accept myself because this is just how I am.”

“I envy people when their rate of progression is a lot faster than mine, especially when we started the thing at the same time. For example, dance. If I start dancing with someone and the person improves much faster than me, I get a bit envious. But I try not to be!”

“I also have very sensitive skin, so I’m always trying to wear oversized shirts or shirts that cover my arms at least, because I get heat rash. So I get really envious when girls have really smooth skin, or they don’t need to wear makeup to look good. It’s so hard. So yeah, I’m kind of insecure about my skin, and I get envious when I see girls with better skin without doing anything. It’s unhealthy for sure - I should just learn to accept myself because this is just how I am.”

Yeow Wen Han, 26, Relationship Manager

“Mostly it would be things like physical appearance, or materialistic things. I envy tall people, you know, because I’m short. When I see tall people, I wish I had their height…so I wear in-soles. But I think [this kind of envy is unhealthy, because it] places too much emphasis on things you cannot change, or things that are very hard for you to obtain.”     “I also envy people who are very sociable, or kind. Because I’m quite introverted, when I see outgoing people, I find that I’m very envious because it’s difficult for me to be very outgoing. But I think it’s [me being envious] in a healthy way because it’s not like I’m unhappy with being introverted. It’s something I can live with so it’s not something that hurts me, so I think it’s healthy.”

“Mostly it would be things like physical appearance, or materialistic things. I envy tall people, you know, because I’m short. When I see tall people, I wish I had their height…so I wear in-soles. But I think [this kind of envy is unhealthy, because it] places too much emphasis on things you cannot change, or things that are very hard for you to obtain.”

“I also envy people who are very sociable, or kind. Because I’m quite introverted, when I see outgoing people, I find that I’m very envious because it’s difficult for me to be very outgoing. But I think it’s [me being envious] in a healthy way because it’s not like I’m unhappy with being introverted. It’s something I can live with so it’s not something that hurts me, so I think it’s healthy.”

Cavan Tay, 18, Student

“Mostly it would be things like physical appearance, or materialistic things. I envy tall people, you know, because I’m short. When I see tall people, I wish I had their height…so I wear in-soles. But I think [this kind of envy is unhealthy, because it] places too much emphasis on things you cannot change, or things that are very hard for you to obtain.”     “I also envy people who are very sociable, or kind. Because I’m quite introverted, when I see outgoing people, I find that I’m very envious because it’s difficult for me to be very outgoing. But I think it’s [me being envious] in a healthy way because it’s not like I’m unhappy with being introverted. It’s something I can live with so it’s not something that hurts me, so I think it’s healthy.”

“Mostly it would be things like physical appearance, or materialistic things. I envy tall people, you know, because I’m short. When I see tall people, I wish I had their height…so I wear in-soles. But I think [this kind of envy is unhealthy, because it] places too much emphasis on things you cannot change, or things that are very hard for you to obtain.”

“I also envy people who are very sociable, or kind. Because I’m quite introverted, when I see outgoing people, I find that I’m very envious because it’s difficult for me to be very outgoing. But I think it’s [me being envious] in a healthy way because it’s not like I’m unhappy with being introverted. It’s something I can live with so it’s not something that hurts me, so I think it’s healthy.”

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