The green-eyed monster that lives in your brain: Scientists discover the jealousy lobe
the area of the brain which controls jealousy has been found, scientists have announced
It is the same part which detects real physical pain – perhaps explaining why feeling envious of your lover’s philandering ways hurts so much
If you’re an envious person, you have a hard time appreciating a lot of the good things that are out there, because you’re too busy worrying about how they reflect on the self
‘We have a saying in Japanese, ‘The misfortunes of others are the taste of honey,’’ said Mr Takahashi. ‘The ventral striatum is processing that ‘honey.’’
‘We now have a better understanding of the mechanism at work when people take pleasure in another’s misfortune,’ said Mr Takahashi.
And there appears to be a relationship between jealousy and schadenfreude
Schadenfreude: This is the region of the brain that controls taking delight in other people’s misfortune