Envy and jealousy speaks of our insecurities, anxieties, and fears. We seek out proof that others are to blame and avoid looking in the mirror where we see things we don't like about ourselves. We feel justified in our envy and jealousy because we take our "art" or "skill" personally and we often identify with the end result (the shiny object), the finished product is the high point through the suffering, anger, frustration, and instability that the process is filled with.
We put our entire self worth into it, then eventually when someone expresses some form of disapproval/disagreement, our ego gets smashed. The interesting thing about envy and jealousy is what we mainly feel toward people we know or think we know, and/or people who consider themselves our equal in terms of skills and talent. For example, we support and cheer on most celebrities and roll our eyes at our "neighbor" whom has the same potential as the celebrity.
People we perceive to be outside of our "range," we tell ourselves, have special circumstances. Their successes seem justified, while the success of those around us is not easily rationalized. Why? Those we perceive to be in our "range" or "rank," we feel we can compare ourselves to and feel capable of competing or winning against them. When we open the door of comparison, we allow judgment to enter in, along with the envy and jealousy...to be continued,("Artistic Jealousy and Envy," explained by Diana C. Pitauro, M.S, L.P.C).