The grass is always greener: Envy in social anxiety disorder

Roni Oren-Yagoda, Maya Schwartz, Idan M. Aderka

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Abstract

In the present study we examined envy in social anxiety disorder (SAD) and its potential role in maintaining the disorder. In addition, we examined social contexts and modes of communication that may serve as moderators of envy in SAD, and the temporal relationship between envy and anxiety in the disorder. Our sample included 88 individuals (44 with SAD and 44 without SAD) who underwent an experience sampling procedure in which participants received daily measures of emotions for 21 days. Using multilevel linear modeling we found that individuals with SAD experienced elevated envy compared to individuals without SAD and this was enhanced in social (compared to non-social) contexts. For individuals with SAD, visual modes of communication were associated with elevated envy compared to voice/text communication. Finally, envy predicted subsequent anxiety above and beyond previous anxiety and additional negative emotions. The role of envy in the psychopathology and maintenance of SAD, as well as clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number102445
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume82
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Context
  • Envy
  • Experience sampling
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Social interactions

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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