Jens Lange

Publications (since 2014)

In Press

Crusius, J., Lange, J. & Paulhus, D. L. (in press).

"Elucidating the Dark Side of Envy: Distinctive Links of Benign and Malicious Envy with Dark Personalities.“ Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Crusius, J., Lange, J. & Weidman, A. C. (in press).

"The Painful Duality of Envy: Evidence for an Integrative Theory and a Meta-Analysis on the Relation of Envy and Schadenfreude.“ Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Lange, J., Crusius, J. & Hagemeyer, B. 2016.

"The Evil Queen’s Dilemma: Linking Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry to Benign and Malicious Envy. European Journal of Personality, 30, 168-188.

Lange, J., Blatz, L., & Crusius, J. (in press).

Dispositional Envy: A Conceptual Review. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of personality and individual differences. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Crusius, J. & Lange, J. 2017.

"How Do People Respond to Threatened Social Status? Moderators of Benign Versus Malicious Envy.” In: R. H. Smith, U. Merlone, & M. K. Duffy (Eds.), Envy at Work and in Organizations. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 85-110.

Lange, J. & Crusius, J. 2015.

"Dispositional Envy Revisited. Unraveling the Motivational Dynamics of Benign and Malicious Envy." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(2), 284-294.

Lange, J. & Crusius, J. 2015.

"The Tango of Two Deadly Sins: The Social-Functional Relation of Envy and Pride." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109(3), 453-472.

Crusius, J. & Lange, J. 2014.

"What Catches the Envious Eye? How Malicious and Benign Envy Bias Attention.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 1-11.

Lange, J. & Krahé, B. 2014.

"The Effects of Information Form and Domain-Specific Knowledge on Choice Deferral.” Journal of Economic Psychology, 43, 92–104.

In the media

Deutschlandradio, 22.09.2016 | Pia Rauschenberger

„Der Sozialpsychologe Jens Lange sammelt für seine Studien Geschichten über Situationen, in denen Menschen neidisch waren. […] Aus den Neidgeschichten, die [er] gesammelt hat, konnte er zwei verschiedene Neidformen destillieren. Er nennt sie den bösartigen und den gutartigen Neid.”

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New Scientist, 01.05.2016 | o.A.

„Not all grandiose narcissists seem able to cash in on the benefits of their personality trait, however. ‘Sometimes they can be disliked by others,’ says Lange. To explore why this might be, he and Jan Crusius, a colleague at the University of Cologne, looked at research into possible subgroups of grandiose narcissists. Some are characterised by ‘narcissistic admiration’, others by ‘narcissistic rivalry’ – the former being driven by hope for success, the latter by fear of failure.”

Link to article:, 05.01.2015 | Scott Douglas

„As Jens Lange and Jan Crusius, of Germany’s University of Cologne write, in contrast to English, many languages have different words for different types of envy. […] Lange and Crusius call the first form of envy ‘benign envy’ and the latter ‘malicious envy’. Using a questionnaire designed to assess the two forms of envy, they found that runners who tend toward benign envy had better results at the Cologne Marathon than those whose disposition is more suited to malicious envy.”

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