Cinderella and Her Sisters
The Envied and the Envying
Seated in her nest of ashes, Cinderella embodies human misery. The essence of inner and outer nobility, she is the envy of her cruel stepmother and her ugly sisters. Using this familiar story, Ann and Barry Ulanov explore the psychological and theological aspects of envy and goodness. In their interpretation of the tale, they move back and forth between internal and external issues
”from how feminine and masculine parts of persons fit or do not fit together to how individuals conduct their lives with those of the same and opposite sexes, how they conflict, compete, or join harmoniously. The central role of envy in determining the very nature of our society
”its politics, for example
”is, the authors think, crucial. The authors focus on the nature of goodness as it surfaces in the envy experience. They reflect on its abundance, ability to unite disparate parts, its abiding presence, and its joy, and conclude with a brief review of the psychological literature on envy.
Ann Ulanov is the Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of psychiatry and religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. A Jungian analyst in private practice, she is also the author of numerous books, including The Wizards' Gate, Cinderella and Her Sisters, The Wisdom of the Psyche, Picturing God, and The Feminine in Jungian Psychology and Christian Theology. Barry Ulanov, professor of English and chairman of the Program in the Arts at Barnard College, coauthored Religion and the Unconscious and Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer with his wife, Ann.