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Othello Project: Jealousy

Jealousy was a major theme in William Shakespeare's famous Play "Othello". Let us take the moment to explore what jealousy truly is and how it affects our lives today.
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Katrina Awad

on 7 June 2013

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Transcript of Othello Project: Jealousy

Jealousy What is Jealousy??? ~ According to dictionary.com jealousy is "mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims". (dictionary.com) ~It is "possessiveness, rage, and humiliation that overtake your mind and threaten your very core as you contemplate your rival" (Fisher, "Jealousy-The Monster") What Causes Jealousy? ~Jealousy is an emotion that triggers negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over a potential loss of something. The fear of being replaced: When one feels as though their loved one is giving too much attention to a third party, the threat of being forgotten is posed. Individual Psychological Factors: Childhood trauma, and negative past experiences can trigger jealousy. One who has been betrayed by their loved one, will likely experience jealousy, as they begin to feel paranoid that this similar event will occur once more. Insecurities and low self-esteem can also cause jealousy. Relationship Quality: Unclear feelings of love present in the relationship, or a strong attachment to others can cause jealousy. Common Types of Jealousy Romantic Jealousy: A strong attachment to your partner can cause you to be obsessive over that person. Any insecurity or sudden change in emotional infidelity can cause a partner to become worrisome over losing their significant one. Jealousy at a Workplace: One who feels unappreciated for all the hard work they do, and notices that their co-workers being promoted while he/she does not, tends to have jealous feelings towards that co-worker. It is the feeling of hopelessness that drives one to become jealous. Abnormal Jealousy: Jealousy triggered for no reason but psychological problems such as delusions, paranoia, or schizophrenia. In abnormal jealousy, the person assumes someone is being unfaithful to them. Othello Syndrome It is a psychological disorder in
which a person holds a delusion that
their partner is being unfaithful. Symptoms:
-recurrent accusations of infidelity
-searches for evidence
-interrogations of partner
-tests of partner's infidelity
-stalking Iago: “Beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed
monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on” Jealousy can be dangerous! It is the top cause of spousal homicide
throughout the entire world! Jealousy amongst Siblings: Siblings tend to fight for their parent's attention. They desire being their parent's favorite, and become upset if they notice that their parents are giving their siblings special treatments. There are a handful of murder cases
that occur because of Jealousy Case 1: Facebook Secrets 'Led To Woman's Murder' A women got a new job as a care assistant, so she started becoming more social. She opened up a Facebook account and began to chat often on this site. She would prevent her husband from seeing her account by turning off the computer. This drove the husband crazy so he decided to stab his wife, mother of four children, to death. A few days before the death witnesses say he said "If I can't have her, then no f***** else will because I will kill her first" Case 2: Jealous lover jailed over
London Facebook photo murder A man stabs his ex-girlfriend to death after seeing her profile picture on Facebook with her new boyfriend. He flew all the way to London and stabbed his ex 20 times, cut himself, and then crashed her car. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8557402.stm http://news.sky.com/story/720430/facebook-secrets-led-to-womans-murder Case 3: How jealousy drove 'psycho' teenager
to brutally murder one of the only girls who was ever nice to her http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106702/Christine-Paolilla-Jealousy-drove-psycho-girl-17-murder-Tiffany-Rowell-Rachael-Koloroutis.html A girl was bullied in high school for wearing wigs and penciling in her eyebrows to hide her young-aged baldness. Later she befriended two popular girls in her school, who helped transform her looks and this girl became much more acceptable in her school society. Suddenly, an intense jealous rage took over her body influencing her to shoot her best friends along with the boyfriend of one of the friends, and then the boyfriend's cousin. It was obvious that the girl was jealous of the two best friends because they "were shot multiple times, including in the crotch, signifying their killer had deep hated and sexual envy toward them". The brutality in which this girl committed this crime is beyond comprehension. Case 4: Jury convicts woman of
murder, caused by jealousy A man admitted sleeping with a woman, while in a relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. This woman who went and shot the pregnant girlfriend to death because she wanted the man for herself. She was "guilty of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child" http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/16/jury-convicts-woman-of-murder-caused-by-jealousy-over-shaun-gayle/ Jealousy vs. Envy -It is the desire to keep something that you already have; strong feelings to take something specific away from another person -It is destructive -Jealousy is angry -Envy is wishing for something
you don't have; a general desire for something -Often, it is not destructive -Envy is wistful Ex. "Wow, Dad is spending so much time with you. That is not fair at all! He should be spending this time with me not you!!!" Ex. "Wow, I wish I had her iPhone. Ugh, she makes me so mad" A video on
Jealousy vs. Envy The effect of Social Media on Jealousy A recent study shows that social media is the top cause for jealousy in one's life Many people access social websites such as Facebook many times a day. When people put too much information on their profiles, this can stir up controversy. Be prepared for a series of questions from your partner. On the other hand, in some cases, jealousy in teens can take place when you see
all the fun things your friends are doing, while you are isolated at home. Social Media
And Jealousy Artwork influenced by Jealousy But wait...Jealousy also occurs in lives of famous people Jennifer Hudson Famous American singer
and actress 2012- William Balfour, Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law, killed Hudson's mother, father, brother, and her 7-year-old nephew due to a jealous frenzy. "Prosecutors portrayed Balfour, who was married to Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson, as a jealous estranged husband who often stalked the Hudson family home after he moved out in early 2008. " ("Jennifer Hudson Family Murders: William Balfour Sentenced To Life In Prison In Each Of 3 Slayings", Babwin) According to the article "Hudson's family killed in jealous rage?" by Graham Winch, Balfour was jealous because he thought his wife was seeing another man. Additional information: This wasn't the first crime he had committed. Balfour was a drug addict who tried to murder someone and carjacked, causing him to serve a seven year term in prison. There are a variety of movies that
have the theme of jealousy... "O" (2001) "Mr. Jealousy" (1998) "Cinderella" Jealousy in Othello
Analysis: A Chain Reaction Iago was jealous of both Othello and Michael Cassio for having a higher prestige than him. Othello is the general of Cyprus, and Cassio is Othello's right hand man. He plots ways to get rid of them and ruin their lives. INFLUENCING FACTORS: Individual Psychological Factors; Similar to "Jealousy at a Workplace" Othello soon began to become jealous because Iago said that Desdemona was cheating on him with Cassio. Othello believed Iago's petulance which triggered his motive to kill Desdemona. INFLUENCING FACTORS: Relationship Quality, Fear of Being Replaced, Individual Psychological Reasons; Similar to "Romantic Jealousy"; Created Othello Syndrome Jealousy becomes destructive.
In the end a majority of the characters die. Self Treatment of Jealousy Learn from your past mistakes Focus On the Reality Have confidence in yourself Get someone else's opinion Treating Jealousy Learn to cope with your jealousy. DO NOT deny it!
Ask yourself questions to help you realize exactly why you are jealous.
Once you understand why you are jealous, take steps to solving the problems in a civilized manner. take a moment to analyze your past behaviors in your relationship to learn that obsessive accusing behavior is not right.
Getting mad for no reason will get you no where Keep in mind what really is going on, not what you think is happening. This will prevent delusional jealousy. When you are feeling low, remember that your partner chose you because they saw something in you that they liked. Get someone's neutral perspective on how your relationship with your partner is going If jealousy becomes serious going to Psychiatric Therapy or taking medication are options. THE END By:Katrina Awad ONE KEY POINT:DO NOT BE ASHAMED!WE ALL GET JEALOUS AT ONE POINT IN OUR LIVES!
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