(Secretly) Blowing Out Candles to Make Ours Burn Brighter: the Relationship Between Self-Esteem, Malicious Envy, and Interpersonal Behaviors

Cait Lamberton, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Kirk Kristofferson, University of British Columbia, Canada
Darren W. Dahl, University of British Columbia, Canada
We expect vanquished high-self esteem individuals to congratulate a winner graciously, while envy prompts the low self-esteem individual to react bitterly or maliciously. However, our findings challenge such intuitions, suggesting that high self-esteem people may be overtly kinder to envied others but engage in covert sabotage of their future success.
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Cait Lamberton, Kirk Kristofferson, and Darren W. Dahl (2012) ,"(Secretly) Blowing Out Candles to Make Ours Burn Brighter: the Relationship Between Self-Esteem, Malicious Envy, and Interpersonal Behaviors ", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 40, eds. Zeynep G├╝rhan-Canli, Cele Otnes, and Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 178-181.