Why do people envy others for their success?
Envy often comes from our own feelings of insecurity and failure. It is painful sometimes to see the success of others and feel that we have fallen short of what others expect of what we have expected of ourselves. Sometimes the pain we feel causes us to lash out at others by saying hurtful things to them or by spreading negative remarks that diminish their success...so that we can cut them down a little and make ourselves feel better. When you are the victim of someones hurtful behavior it is sometimes helpful to look at why the person may be feeling diminished or put down by your success--maybe you can talk about it and get it out in the open. Otherwise, you may have to just give this person space for awhile until s/he works through it