Keeping Score

One emotion that this site will return to again and again is resentment. A more complicated emotion that given credit for, the energy invested in resenting others is something to behold, a bottomless pit of anger, frustration and sense of injustice (resentiment is a topic for another day). Some of its emotional power stems from its origins in feelings of invisibility – feeling overlooked and unacknowledged. No wonder
the workplace is tailor made for resenting the actions and achievements of others.

As a form of power, however, resentment can lead to narcissistic regression, where we ‘allow’ ourselves to bask in the comfort of ‘infantile omnipotence and grandiosity’ as Tylims has put it.  But let’s face it, who hasn’t sought comfort in grandiosity and omnipotence? While understandable (I think), it’s a strange overreaction which is completely out of proportion to whatever perceived slight might have been experienced. I know, I’ve done it myself.

And yes, I did enjoy the basking. Which makes it even more interesting to me.

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Mark Murphy is a Reader in Education and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. He previously worked as an academic at King’s College, London, University of Chester, University of Stirling, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University College Dublin and Northern Illinois University. Mark is an active researcher in the fields of education and public policy. His research interests include educational sociology, critical theory, accountability in higher education, and public sector reform.