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Diversitas: Perspectivas en Psicología

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COSTA, Nazaré  and  DA SILVA BARROS, Romariz. JealousyAn exercise of interpretation from the perspective of the behavior analysis. Diversitas [online]. 2008, vol.4, n.1, pp.139-147. ISSN 1794-9998.

Jealousy is something present in everyday life and in different relational contexts (such as family, school, and work). It is more common and frequently studied in the context of love affairs, being categorized as sexual jealousy or romantic jealousy. In spite of that, our understanding of this phenomenon is still limited. In Brazil, the scientific production on jealousy is limited and essentially based on clinical dada. By contrast, the American scientific production on this subject is more extensive and frequently based on empirical data. Additionally, it is also correct to say that studies on jealousy are rare in context of behavior analysis. Considering that, the purpose of the present paper is to improve a preliminary behavior analytic approach of jealousy presented elsewhere by the first author of this paper in 2005, incorporating Skinner's argumentation on the topic as well as ideas of contemporary behavior analysts such as Tourinho (a Brazilian researcher) and Donahoe and Palmer (North American researchers).

Keywords : jealousy; behavior analysis; emotional behavior.

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