Originally Posted by BexyandBen
Just to toss in another perspective, our views are very different:
Jealousy is "wanting something that is rightfully yours, but has been taken by another, or has been given to another."
Envy--or coveting--is "wanting something that is not rightfully yours, but you want nonetheless."
Possessiveness is "selfish desire not to share what you have--whether rightfully yours or not--with anyone else."
Just a quick dictionary.com check and I found:
4. Inclined to or troubled by suspicions or fears of rivalry
1. Jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.
1. A feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.
1. Jealously opposed to the personal independence of, or to any influence other than one's own upon spouse.
I think my wife doesn't want me to be influenced away from her by another woman. This would fall into the possessive
I heard it explained this way by Kidder Kapper. It enlightened me on the concept.
Prince of Cats