Signs that your friend is jealous of you

25 Secret Signs of a Jealous Friend & How to Deal With Their Envy

Whether your lab partner does better at a test than you, or your best friend got engaged first, jealousy tends to rear its ugly head in almost every social situation. We are human and competition is what makes the world go round. You may have felt jealous of numerous people on innumerable occasions, but have you ever been on the opposite end of the spectrum whereby friends were jealous of you? That’s why it’s important to know the signs of a jealous friend.

We falsely assume that jealousy is just a relationship issue, but friendships are a hotbed for green-eyed monster activity.

The good news is that you can deal with jealousy between friends as long as you know what the issue really is. But, that can often be a tough call to make. [Read: These types of toxic friends will make you miserable and drag you down]

Jealous friends and the confusing negativity

I have a friend who always turns things into a competition. From our college days all the way up to more than a decade later, she still behaves as though every little thing is a race to be won.

And her competitive streak and jealous nature made it hard for me to share things with her without getting defensive.

When I went on a beach vacation that lasted four days, she booked herself for one that lasted a week. I did better on an essay than she did, she demanded the professor reread her paper. When I got certified as an advanced scuba diver, she took it upon herself to get certified too, only in less time. I lost weight after months of being a gym rat and dieting, she shrugged it off as something anyone could easily do!

While it’s easy to look at a jealous friend and think that they’re somehow flattering you, it can be enough to ruin your friendship over time. [Read: How to deal with negative people and stop them sapping your energy]

Jealousy and the friends who can’t be happy for you

Jealousy can break even the strongest of friendships and if you do not acknowledge the slimy green ball in the room, you stand to lose that friendship. Undeniably, it is not easy to address and get over a friend’s jealousy because it is usually veiled under layers and layers of hostility and denial.

Some friends may even turn the tables on you and blame you for bragging too much and rubbing your successes in their faces.

Sadly, there are people in this world who simply want to bring you down just because your life seems better than theirs. Whether it is being snarky with their comments or downplaying your accomplishments, we all have that one friend who simply cannot be happy for us.

People say that you should be flattered when people get jealous of you, but is that really the case? What can you do to improve the situation if you know that a good friend has something against you simply because you are more successful? [Read: 20 signs of a toxic friend to instantly recognize the rotten ones]

Jealousy causes hurt and confusion

You may have gotten a promotion at work, lost 20 pounds, gotten published, or gotten engaged. Your first instinct is to share the good news with the people you love, most notably your family and friends. However, what happens when their reactions are not at all what you expected?

Instead of feeling overjoyed for you, your friend downplays your achievement and brushes it off as something anyone could have accomplished. This will probably leave you feeling hurt and confused as to why they are acting this way. That is jealousy for you. [Read: The complete guide to stop being jealous of someone else’s success]

If you think you are or have a jealous friend, it must stop. This isn’t a healthy relationship for either of you. First of all, the jealous person should work on uncovering their internal issues and focus on growing as a person.

Secondly, the non-jealous person needs to create relationships with people who are ready for an authentic and genuine relationship. It’s time to focus on yourselves. You don’t need the extra drama in your lives. There’s enough drama in the world as it is.

A good friend isn’t a jealous one. Next time you recognize a few of these signs of a jealous friend in the people around you, try to stay away from them. [Read: Bad friends – 25 types of friends you must unfriend from your life]

1. They love giving you backhanded compliments

Ah, yes, the classic back-handed compliments. They can never just say, “you look beautiful” or “I love those jeans on you.” Instead, the sentence doesn’t end there.

They’ll say, “that color looks great on you, but it also makes you look cheap,” or “you would look great in those jeans if it wasn’t for your big ass.” See what we mean? [Read: The backhanded compliment – how to ignore it or give back in kind] 

2. They don’t want to talk about your success

You’re on a lucky streak right now, and that’s great. Of course, you’re enjoying your success and want to share it with your friends.

But, when you share it, your friend doesn’t support or congratulate you. Instead, they switch the conversation and focus on the times when you failed. One of the clearest signs of a jealous friend is the pattern where they don’t want to hold you up; they need to bring you down.

3. They’re insecure

This is one of the major signs of a jealous friend and it’s at the heart of what causes jealousy in the first place. When it comes to insecurities, you’re noticing more and more that your friend is full of them. And this makes sense.

Behind every jealous person is a boatload of insecurities that haven’t been dealt with. Instead of working on themselves, they gain their self-esteem by pushing the people around them down. [Read: Why your codependent friendship is more unhealthy than you think]

4. They crack mean jokes

When it comes to jokes, there is always a bit of truth in them, even when they’re funny. But then there are some jokes that aren’t funny at all. Instead, they’re insulting and degrading. This isn’t because your friend is a failed comedian, these jokes are said to purposely bring you down.

5. They boast about their success

They will do everything to make sure you don’t enjoy your success, but when it comes to them and their success, you better be ready to party.

That’s the sad part about having a jealous friend; the relationship is completely one-sided. You must give them your all, but you get nothing in return. 

6. They feel life is unfair toward them

Of course, we all have moments when we think the world is against us and that nothing is fair. We all have moments of self-pity.

But when it comes to your friend, everything is unfair to them. Maybe you received a promotion, and instead of being happy for you, your friend is complaining about why they didn’t get a promotion when they work just as hard as you. [Read: 15 steps to stop caring about someone who hurt you and heal yourself]

7. They don’t like it when you give them advice

When it comes to advice, it’s a tough one. We can accept advice from people we admire, but ones we’re jealous of… that’s a whole different story.

Friends should be there to help you out when you need advice and vice versa. But, when you try to help your friend, they become angry and insult you. Hearing advice from you is the worst thing for them.

8. They never encourage you

Maybe you’re scared to ask for a promotion or try on that dress you’ve been eyeing at Zara. This is where your friend comes to give you the push you need to get going.

But instead of pushing you forward, your friend discourages you from growing as a person. [Read: 13 signs a fake friend can fake but they just can’t hide]

9. They’ve talked behind your back

Jealous friends aren’t only exhibiting these signs to you; they’re also making sure everyone else around you knows your dirty laundry. Jealous friends love to put their friend down behind their back, making everyone else see how much better they are. 

10. Everything is drama

When you’re around them, the only thing that’s constant is the drama. Chaos is always surrounding them, either they’re fighting with someone else or causing drama of their own. It never seems to end.

One of the signs of a jealous friend is their need for drama, because drama is crucial for toxic people. They constantly seek ways to either look helpless or grandiose. [Read: How to ignore someone and cut out the stressful drama]

11. They want to outdo you on everything

But especially when it comes to interests you already have. If you enjoy running, they’ll try to outrun you. If you like to read, well, get ready, because they’re going to make sure they know all the classics. Because your friend is jealous, they’re focused on beating you at your own game. Everything becomes a competition.

12. They don’t support you

What’s the point of having friends if you aren’t going to support one another? This is a subtle sign of a jealous friend.

If your friend was truly a friend, they would not hesitate to support you and would expect the same from you. If they’re not there for you, they’re not a real friend. [Read: 13 traits of toxic people that can hurt and emotionally damage you]

13. They’re obsessed with status

When it comes to status, they’re obsessed with it. They must have the best clothes, hang out at the hottest places, and make sure they’re seen with people of “status.”

But people who seek that are very jealous and insecure about themselves. This is only going to hurt them in the end and it’s one of the key signs of a jealous friend. [Read: 16 characteristics of a narcissistic friend that gives them away instantly]

14. They copy everything you do

It’s a little creepy, right? Even though your friend wants to push you down, they also want to mimic you. They’re jealous of you, remember? So, they will try to steal parts of your identity, parts that they always wanted to have. 

15. It’s heavy to be around them

This is another of the strong signs of a jealous friend – how you feel when you’re with them. When you hang out with your friends, it’s supposed to be enjoyable. But with this friend, you feel heaviness and pressure when you’re together.

When you part ways, you feel a lot better, and that’s telling you something. Your friend is sucking the positive vibes right out of you. [Read: What is an energy vampire? 19 ways to stop them in your life instantly]

16. They’re jealous of your other friends

When you’re around your other friends, they become very jealous. They criticize the other people who hang out with you, and they try to make sure you stay close to them.

They’re scared of losing you, as you’re someone they compete with to make themselves feel whole. [Read: 20 non-clingy ways to stop being a possessive friend and give space]

How to deal with a jealous friend

You’ve noticed the signs of a jealous friend, so what are you supposed to do about it? Here are some things that you can do to delicately address the situation without getting that particular friend defensive and angry.

1. Do not ignore it

Ignoring it will only make things worse. Just like a wound that is left to fester until amputation is needed, jealousy and friendship behave in a similar manner. If you leave it and let the displeasure and jealousy grow, you will only make the rift between the two of you larger.

Not just that, you will start feeling resentful towards that person and unconsciously root for them to fail. Depending on how close you are to this friend, you need to determine if you should just let it slide or confront it head-on.

You know your friend better than anyone else, so when the time comes, man up and make a smart executive decision to not ignore it. Although it is advisable to hash it out if you are good friends, this is something that only you can decide. 

2. Communicate honestly, yet gently

Oprah, Dr. Phil, Tyra, and pretty much every talk show and self-help guru out there will tell you that honest communication will fix everything. Take the time to speak to your friend about how they feel.

Be honest yet gentle. You have to remember that they are holding onto resentment and the only way for them to let it go is for you to hold their hand and gently pry their fingers open.

Do not feel downtrodden if you are greeted with vehement shouts of denial. This is normal and to be expected.

Never start the conversation with something as blunt as, “I know you are jealous of me.” Instead, open up with, “I have noticed that things have changed between us and that you seem distant.”

Proffer help, then gently make it clear that the divide between the two of you is widening and that something has to change.

You basically have to walk them through it by letting them know how much their friendship means to you and that supporting each other through the bad times and good is part and parcel of an amazing relationship. [Read: How to talk to people in a charming way, no matter who they are]

3. Walk a mile in their shoes

Jealousy is a very negative emotion that gives off seriously bad vibes. It is inevitable that your friend will unconsciously lash out or create a gaping distance between the two of you. Before getting upset or defensive, try to put yourself in their shoes. Not just that, walk a mile in them.

Think about how you would like to be confronted if you were them. Decide on your next course of action by seeing things through their eyes and from their point of view.

Maybe you really are rubbing your success in your friend’s face. Maybe you brag too much without even realizing it. At the end of the day, try to experience what the jealous person is feeling and you will know what to do next. [Read: How to develop empathy and master the art of growing a real heart]

4. Determine the reason why

Another important thing that you have to do is to determine the “why” Why is your friend jealous? And, why does this person feel this way now? Why does this person always have to turn things into a competition? Or, why does this person feel the need to watch you fail?

Most of the time, people have their reasons for feeling jealous. Whether it is your girlfriend being jealous at you for spending time with another group of friends, or a colleague being jealous that you got promoted above them, there has to be a reason for everything.

By understanding the “why,” you will then be able to make an informed decision on how to address the situation. [Read: 18 honest reasons why you don’t have friends that care about you]

5. Give them time

After your honest conversation with this jealous friend, step back and let it all sink in. This person probably needs more time than you do before they can begin to let go of their inexplicable jealousy. What they need is space and you should give it to them.

Do not push them into making a decision about changing the way they view you. When they have thought things through, they will come to their senses and hopefully be able to reforge broken bonds with you.

6. Give your friend some attention

Like a child, soothing a jealous person takes plenty of time, attention and compliments. You basically have to shower them with positivity for them to be able to get rid of that pent up negativity. There is no doubt that jealousy has its roots firmly implanted in insecurity and low self-confidence.

If you can lift your friend up, you have a better chance at vanquishing the jealousy than if you choose to do nothing at all. Always be genuine with your compliments and advice.

Your jealous friend has a personal vendetta against you and will find fault in everything that you set out to do, even when you are complimenting them. They will nitpick and douse you in cold water every time you feel that you are making progress. Just remember to be very patient and sincere. [Read: How to be a friend – The real art of true and meaningful friendships]

7. Do what you can to make them feel better

If the two of you are truly friends, you will be able to find common ground from which to launch the repairs of your friendship.

At the end of the day, as much as your jealous friend holds a grudge against you, there is a very good chance that they care very deeply for you, hence the reason why they see the need to act out like children.

You should do what you can to make them feel better without compromising yourself. Do not feel bad for your success because of this person. You should always be proud of what you have accomplished and do all you can to lift others up with you.

If your friend continues to make you feel bad no matter how hard you try to lift them up, you may need to evaluate your friendship. [Read: Bad friends and deciding when you need to end a friendship]

8. Decide if you want to keep the friendship

There is only so much that a person can take when it comes to dealing with a negative and jealous friend. You have to decide when the friendship becomes too toxic for you to continue fighting for.

If you have tried every play in the book to make your friend feel better but to no avail, you may need to start thinking about taking drastic measures.

Start thinking about whether you even need this sort of drama in your life. Everyone should choose to be happy, whether it is for themselves or for others, and if your friend cannot do this for you, maybe you just need a new friend. [Read: Negative Nancy – 17 traits and ways to deal with their attitude]

9. Spend time with other friends too

You will be surprised at how good life can be when you surround yourself with positive spirits who are just as happy to see you succeed as they see themselves.

Don’t allow your jealous friend to stop you from spending time with your other friends. While you are being gentle with them and trying to get to the bottom of the issue, don’t feel like you have to stick by their side and never leave. We’re all allowed more than one friend! [Read: How to make new friends as an adult – 15 ways to do it right]

What if the friendship can’t be saved?

At the end of the day, even the biggest saint has felt those embarrassing fissures of satisfaction when a friend fails at something. Do not fault your jealous friend for being human.

Instead, be patient, kind and hopeful that the two of you will be able to sort out your differences sooner rather than later. If you are unable to, then it is too bad but at the end of the day, it is up to you to determine what sort of people you want to keep in your life.

If, after having a conversation and helping your friend through the problem, they still show signs of jealousy, maybe it’s time to call it quits. Walking away from a friend is painful. But, staying in a friendship that only causes pain and negativity is just as bad.

[Read: Are you really losing a friend or are the two of you just drifting away?]

Jealousy in a friendship is never a good thing. Keep an eye on these signs of a jealous friend, and remember that if you want real and genuine relationships, then you need to identify which ones are which.

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18 Signs Your Friends Are Jealous Of You, According To Experts

You’ve scored something truly amazing — your dream job, the apartment with the exposed brick kitchen, a DM exchange with Phoebe Bridgers — and while most of your friends are dancing around in delight, one is sulking in the corner, giving you green-eyed side-eye.

Making other people jealous of your stellar achievements may seem pretty harmless, but if your friends are jealous of you, it can get in the way of a healthy relationship — and feels pretty cruddy, to boot. “I got a book deal. It was great. Half the people in my MFA stopped talking to me,” Maya, 35, tells Bustle. “It was the best thing that had ever happened to me professionally, and I literally stopped getting invited to parties.”

Experts say that people rarely feel comfortable admitting that they’re envious outright, which means you may end up playing detective to figure out why your childhood bestie is being distant and passive-aggressive. “Remember that this type of behavior is not about you, but about your friend’s issues and insecurities,” counselor Heidi McBain, LMFT, tells Bustle.

Below, experts weigh in on signs of jealousy in friendship — and what you can do to address it.

1. They Say Situations Are “Unfair”

Are your friends the kind to regularly talk about how it’s “unfair” that you have certain things and they don’t? “One way to tell if a friend may be jealous or envious of you is to pay attention to how they talk about other people and view the world in general,” Liz Kelly LICSW, a therapist with mental health platform Talkspace, tells Bustle. “There is a good chance that your friend might be jealous of you if they often feel that life is unfair.” Often, those who use this term are blaming outside circumstances for why they can’t achieve what a friend can — even though both of you can do whatever you set your minds to.

2. They’re Always Super Competitive

A little of competition can be a good thing, but too much could be a sign your friends are seeing green. You spurred one another along like champs, but now things are getting more complicated than Paris and Rory in the early seasons of Gilmore Girls, and their one-upmanship is causing issues. Not only does excessive competitiveness go hand-in-hand with jealously, it can also be a sign the friendship is toxic, experts tell Bustle.

3. They Stay Away From Your Social Media While Lavishing Attention On Others

It seems like a small thing, but Cynthia Catchings LCSW-S, LCSW-C, also a therapist with Talkspace, says that their Insta and Twitter comments can be a legit sign of jealousy. If they don’t like or comment on your social media posts while giving a lot to the others in your group chat, she says, that could be a sign that they’re avoiding praising you out of jealousy. If they’re just a hermit who hates social media or can’t remember to check Twitter to save their lives, though, don’t read too much into it.

4. They’re Always Negative

Jealousy is often subtle, experts tell Bustle, but you can pick it out if you listen to it. “You can pay attention to their comments, which are typically passive-aggressive, or direct but negative,” Catchings says.

“I couldn’t say anything that was good about my life,” Jane, 22, tells Bustle, of a group of jealous friends. “I had to cut them off because everything I said, they’d just counter with how awful their life was. And I’d end up comforting them rather than celebrating myself, and feeling crap about even mentioning good things.”

5. They Try To Bring You Down

You tell your friends that you got that promotion, and somehow, they manage to turn it into a bad thing. (Who cares if you’re paying more taxes when you’re making more money!) “A friend feeling envious of you might show up as them trying to undermine you and bring you down,” McBain says. A pal who responds to your positive life updates with something like, “Well, it wasn’t like there was anyone else up for it, but good for you,” might be having a real attack of jealousy.

6. They Refuse To Celebrate You

You’re hosting a housewarming brunch to celebrate that new apartment, and your friend makes a last-minute excuse to go home and feed their cat — or worse, they show up and sulk the entire time, or direct the conversation away from how wonderful your plant corner is. “Not celebrating your successes with you is a sign” of jealousy, McBain says.

“A few people did show up for my book launch, so that was nice,” Maya says. “But by that stage, I didn’t trust them at all.”

7. They Need To Upstage You

“Friends or family members that feel envious of you typically one-up you,” Catchings says. “No matter what you have done, they have done it before and better.” Your pay raise isn’t as impressive as the one they got last year, the vacation you took pales in comparison to their holiday, and your volunteer work is very nice, but did they mention they gave $10,000 to charity last year? It’s a clear sign of self-esteem issues, Catchings says.

8. They're Very Insecure

Behind every jealous person are some of their own insecurities, McBain says. Are your friends the insecure type? Those who are comfortable with themselves and have a strong sense of self-esteem tend to be less jealous of those around them. On the other hand, if you notice your friends are not secure in who they are, you might find them more likely to rear the inner green-eyed monster.

9. They Don’t Respect Your Decisions

A jealous friend will constantly criticize your actions or choices, Catchings says. Let’s say you choose to go on vacation with your spouse and leave your dog at home with grandma. Instead of being excited for you that you’re getting some much-needed time away, your friends make you feel guilty for not bringing your dog with you. If it seems like no matter what you do your friends are always dragging your decisions through the mud, this could be another sign they’re flat out jealous.

10. They’re Obsessed With Status

Are your friends obsessed with getting invited to elite events? Need to get their hands on the latest designer trends? Then, when you get something above and beyond what they have, they seem to struggle? “If they are obsessed with being invited to the best parties and achieving a certain social status, they may be jealous,” Kelly says. Status and success are huge players in jealousy.

11. They Play Down Your Accomplishments

Accomplished something huge? To your friends, it’s not a big deal whatsoever. They might play it off like, “Oh, you got a raise — how nice! A lot of people got raises this year.” Jealous friends will do this as a way of leveling the playing field, and making themselves feel better. Catchings says these negative comments are designed to shut you down, even if they’re cloaked in “honesty.”

“My friend used to say she was trying to put stuff in perspective, so I didn’t get big-headed,” Jane says. “It just ended up making me feel small.”

12. They’re Talking Behind Your Back

Jealousy may not come out in front of you, but it’s more than likely being exposed behind the scenes, often to your other friends. “Other people may tell you that your friend is talking about you behind your back, and they deny it when you confront them,” Catchings says. This can go the other way. Kelly says if your friend regularly gossips about others and downplays their achievements in conversation, it’s possible they’re doing that to you, too.

13. They Act Fake When You Share Good Things That Have Happened In Your Life

You have some exciting updates to tell your friends, but when you say the words you’re immediately met with smiles faker than a Gucci handbag from a guy on a street corner. This isn’t a once in a blue moon thing, either — it happens every time. Catchings says there are certain facial signs you can identify as jealousy in this situation. “Look for fake smiles, rolling eyes, or lack of eye contact,” she says.

14. Their Body Language Reveals Insecurity

When you tell them things about your life, their faces might be placid and delightful — but their bodies might tell another story. “Observing your friend’s body language is an easy way to detect envy,” Catchings says. Maybe they cross their arms, turn slightly away from you, or overdo it with the hugs and closeness so that you start to feel a bit smothered.

15. They Avoid You, Particularly After Good Things

Maybe they’ve done all the celebrating with you — but now they can’t be found. “Avoiding you and not wanting to spend time together can be a sign of jealousy,” McBain says. Seeing you creates difficult and negative feelings for them, so they’re attempting to deal by dashing in the other direction, rather than taking it out on you.

16. Their Compliments Are Actually Insults

A backhanded compliment — one that looks like praise but actually contains an insult — is a common sign of jealousy, Catchings says. “This makes them think that they are in control, but in reality, they are suffering and afraid.”

17. They Are Always Discouraging

Jealous people are likely to focus on telling you why you can’t do something, versus telling you why you can. “A truly terrible ex-mate told me not to bother applying for college masters programs because I wouldn’t get in and would end up disappointed,” Sabrina, 29, tells Bustle. “I applied, and then they got mad at me when I was accepted!”

18. They Don’t Support You At All

A final sneaky sign of jealousy in friends is that they are not supportive of you. Really in need of a listening ear, but every time you can’t track down your friends at all? A true friend will want you to succeed and to be happy… and they’ll be there for you, too.

Envy doesn’t always have to mean a friendship is over. Bringing the issue to the table with them — and explaining why it makes you upset — is the way to makes strides toward rectifying the problem. By bringing it to light, your friends might begin to think twice before making comments and acting in ways that leave you feeling badly and torn down. McBain also suggests exploring the issue in therapy, so you can figure out strategies to deal with your friend’s needs and how to leave the friendship if you need to.

If the signs of jealous friends seem to hit home hard for you, it might be time to take action. Just remember to be candid with them, and you can start making moves to diminish the issue, and in turn, better the friendships.


Cynthia Catchings LCSW-S, LCSW-C

Heidi McBain LMFT

Liz Kelly LICSW

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How to understand that a friend is jealous of you

Envy is a feeling that absolutely everyone has experienced. Sometimes it motivates to strive for more, and sometimes it destroys. Either way, it's usually a feeling that no one is proud of. That is why people usually try to hide it. The greatest envy is often used by those closest to you, for example, your best friend. This can quickly ruin your relationship, and you will wonder what the reason is.

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You will be able to understand that your friend is secretly jealous of you if you never get support. When a person ignores you, winces at your new ideas, and expresses clear doubts, shows no interest in anything, it is probably just jealousy. No matter what you do, you never get any support, such a friend simply does not want to believe in you. Why? Because deep down, such a person expects that such an attitude will make you lose faith in yourself and lead to failure. nine0003

You constantly hear criticism

Envious friends are often prone to constant criticism. They analyze every little thing in all your actions and decisions, find fault with your every trait. They tend to comment on everything in a negative tone, even when it is completely useless. Such communication is aimed at making the interlocutor begin to lose self-confidence and face problems.


There is a rivalry between you

Experts have found that people tend to behave more intensely and aggressively around those they envy. If your friend behaves like your rival, it may seem to you that this is just an unfortunate character trait, but for him everything will be extremely serious. Such a friend will be ready to do anything to get around you, even if it hurts you a lot. Watching you fail is the main achievement for such a person. nine0003

Your friend looks happy if you're in trouble

If you have a really good friend, he will be very upset if you run into a problem. If this is not a friend, but an envious person, your failure will become an endless source of joy for him. Of course, usually such people do not show their mood too openly. At first they try to be sad and considerate. Nevertheless, deception is quite possible to notice, because a person simply does not listen when you try to share your difficult experiences. Some people still can't help it and look happy for the rest of the day if you told them about your failure. nine0003

Your friend has no desire to help you

If your friend is constantly extremely jealous of you, it is quite logical that he will have no desire to help you in a difficult moment. On the contrary, deep down he will enjoy watching your life gradually crumble. If such a friend nevertheless decides to help you, his actions will have some hidden motivation. For example, as a result, it turns out that the situation is only worse. Sometimes a person only pretends to help, and he only wants to find out in as much detail as possible how bad you are. nine0003

You feel shame in front of other people because of a friend

If your best friend regularly puts you in a bad light in front of other people, you should think about it. There may not be any ulterior motive behind this behavior, but it could also be that your buddy just wants to intentionally upset and humiliate you. He does everything to discredit you, and therefore makes you look like a fool to others. nine0003

Your friend reproaches you for the injustice of fate

You can be sure that your best friend is jealous of you if he stops hiding the negative emotions associated with your life. Often a person begins to complain about various points, as a rule, mentioning that life is extremely unfair to him. Envious people are very concentrated on this moment, they greatly exaggerate the injustice, because they really see the situation that way. They don’t understand why they don’t have what you have, why they can’t earn as much, they are sure that you are just lucky. If a person begins to claim that he would have all the same things if only life gave him a chance, you should think about the nature of your relationship. You can hardly call such a person your friend. nine0003

You hear hurtful things all the time

Sometimes people say something unpleasant quite by accident, it happens. With an envious friend, everything is different, he will constantly say rude things to you and insult you. Be sure to pay attention to what is happening if communication with your best friend drains you emotionally. It is likely that he uses hurtful words specifically to hurt you. When you show that you are hurt, that you are offended, the person is simply trying to hush everything up as a bad joke. Often, such people also accuse their interlocutor of excessive sensitivity. nine0003

You always find yourself to blame

Your best friend always finds a way to blame you for something. The thing is that he secretly feels envy! Then the person just wants to see how upset you are. Even if you are not to blame for what happened, the interlocutor will distort the facts and blame you for everything, so that your negative emotions only intensify.

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When you realize that you have achieved something, you are filled with an incredibly pleasant feeling. All the work you have done has been absolutely worth it! In such a situation, a good friend would want to celebrate your impressive achievement. If your friend is trying to hide envy, he will not be able to sincerely rejoice for you. On the contrary, he will try his best to downplay your accomplishment and show you that nothing much happened. Some envious friends even dare to say that someone is doing much better, just to spoil the mood. nine0003

You are constantly reminded of past mistakes

If your best friend is tormented by intense envy, he will not be able to resist and will regularly remind you of your past mistakes. This will be done to make you feel not the best way. Some even emphasize that much more bad things happened in your life than theirs. They hope that in this way they will be able to upset you and make you think that you are forever doomed to continuous failure. nine0003

Your friend highlights your flaws

A good friend should accept your disadvantages as part of you. If he is jealous of you, he will prefer to constantly emphasize these shortcomings. He will try to draw your attention to how imperfect you are, and also to assure you that you will never be able to achieve anything really good.

Your friend undermines your efforts nine0005

There is every reason to believe that envious people can sometimes try to undermine the efforts of their friends. If such a person finds an opportunity to ruin your life, he will surely take advantage of it. He is not at all afraid that later you can find out about it. The important thing is that you've already been harmed.

Your friend tells lies about you

The more jealousy you generate, the more dangerous your friend can become. It is likely that he will start spreading false information about your account. Gossip is there to ruin your reputation. When you find out about this, end the relationship without any thought. nine0003

"Why are you doing the best?": 12 signs that others are jealous of you, and what to do in this situation , but only if the envy is constructive - that is, motivating us to achieve. But envy can also be destructive or, as it is also called, black, in which case it seems to corrode you from the inside, destroying relationships and friendships. In this article, we will talk about the main signs that your friends, colleagues and even family members are jealous of you, and share the secrets of how to act in these situations.


How to understand that you are envied

They constantly compete with you

There is nothing wrong with healthy competition - it motivates us to develop and reach great heights. But if your friends, and even more so family members, begin to compete with you on the most insignificant reasons - who earns more, who buys more expensive gifts, who dresses better, who does more push-ups - then this can poison your relationship. And such aggressive competition and a person’s attempt to prove that he is better than you in everything is one of the main signs that he is secretly jealous of you. nine0003


They make you feel guilty

Imagine a situation in which you come to your close friend or soulmate to share a joyful event in your life . But instead of congratulating you, the person quickly turns the conversation to himself and tells you what troubles happened to him during the day. Ultimately, you begin to feel guilty for upsetting the person with your joy at such a “difficult” moment, and you begin to comfort and support him. This behavior is another attempt to manipulate you and instill feelings of guilt, which, in turn, may arise from envy of your success. nine0003

They think that life is unfair

It's unfair that some people get everything easily, while others have to work all their lives ”, – how often do you hear such phrases from your relatives, colleagues and friends? Researchers note that people who often complain about the injustice of the world tend to envy the successes and achievements of others. Pay attention to how people in your circle speak of mutual acquaintances or even celebrities - if envy often slips into their speech, then most likely they can envy you too. nine0003


They belittle your merit successful people. Has your business brought in a million dollars in net profit? But Mark Zuckerberg's company brings him billions. Have you received a second higher education diploma? But it's blue, not red.

Or assign them

An attempt to appropriate the merits of another person can be another symptom of black envy. « Did you get the best employee award? All because as a child, I made you do 's homework." « Have you started your own business? It’s thanks to me, because I gave you this idea .”

They turn plus into minus

Even the most joyful event in your life can be turned into negative by envious people. Did you get a promotion? Now you have to stay up late at work. Did you get a marriage proposal? Goodbye freedom, hello life and routine. Has your paper been published in a scientific journal? But no one reads such magazines, and few people know about it. Do not let others belittle your dignity and merits, because otherwise it can lead to self-doubt and even achievement, which we described in detail in a separate article. nine0003

They refuse to celebrate your victory


When joyful events happen in our lives, we want to share happy emotions with the closest people. But envious people find it difficult to celebrate the success of others, so they often look for opportunities not to come to a meeting or a solemn event dedicated to your achievements. If for some reason a person refuses to attend parties in honor of the fact that you won a sports competition, received another promotion or an award for your contribution to the development of science, then this is an occasion to think about whether he is jealous of you. nine0003

They are not self-confident

Researchers note that one of the causes of destructive envy may be self-doubt. Are your loved ones, friends, or co-workers experiencing self-esteem issues? If they do not know how to celebrate their success, they basically do not notice their own merits, but only shake their heads when they hear about the achievements of others, this indicates that they may feel envy towards you as well.

They constantly criticize you

Any decision you make is met with sharp criticism from relatives and friends. You have accepted a more lucrative position at another company - why take the risk? You are planning a vacation in the Maldives - why, if you can go to Turkey? You have a chance to move to another country - who will need you there? Psychologists note that such criticism can also be due to hidden envy in your direction.

Sign language gives them away


Sign language betrays an envious person, so pay attention to how your acquaintances react to your success. Do they have a sincere smile, or does their face seem strained, like a mask? Do they cross their arms, unconsciously trying to block you out? Does their hull lean to the side, as if the person is contemplating an escape route? Read more about how the body betrays our thoughts, we wrote here.

Their compliments are offensive

Not every person knows how to give compliments correctly, but envious people unconsciously turn praise into an insult. “Are you getting married? Well, finally, otherwise I was already afraid for you”, “Have you gone on a diet? It was high time to take care of yourself, otherwise you don’t look very good. ” "Did you get a promotion? Finally you've been noticed after 50 years with this firm." Such attempts to belittle your merits, disguised as praise, are another sign that they envy you and are trying to "remove the crown from you." nine0003

They demotivate you

Would you like to apply for a position in a famous IT corporation? Get to know your idol? Go on a trip around the world? Get a second higher education? Whatever you have in mind, envious people will try to dissuade you from these risky adventures.


What to do if people envy me

  1. Try not to talk about yourself if you feel that a person is not able to be happy for you. No need to provoke negativity in your direction. nine0170
  2. Do not allow yourself to be diminished and your dignity and to impose on you a sense of guilt - build personal boundaries in communication with others so that they do not harm your self-esteem.
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