compersion

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compersion (uncountable)

  1. The feeling of joy one has experiencing another's joy, such as in witnessing a toddler's joy and feeling joy in response.
  2. The feeling of joy associated with seeing a loved one love another; contrasted with jealousy.
    • 1998, Ayala Malach Pines, Romantic Jealousy, Causes, Symptoms, Cures, Routledge, ISBN 0415920108, page 140
      A major component of jealousy, for many people, is the suspicion or resentment of the rival. In Kerista, on the other hand, the relationship that every man had with the other men and that every woman had with the other women elicited what they called “compersion” rather than jealousy.
    • 2003, Mystic Life (author), Spiritual Polyamory, iUniverse, ISBN 0595305415, page 46
      There is nothing either magical or wrong with sex with more than one person at the same time.... The beautiful thing about this dynamic is that it offers opportunities for compersion (the opposite of jealousy) and is symbolic of the expansiveness and unity we can feel in our love for each other.
    • 2005, Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio (editor), Plural Loves, Haworth Press, ISBN 1560232935, page 174
      I think this is the easiest way to teach compersion, to immerse oneself in the unconditional approval of another person’s pleasure.
      We usually seek compersion in the context of our lover being sexual with another person, which can be very beautiful, but equally scary....
      Compersion is the coveted secret elixer of emotions because it promises to turn the pain of jealousy into an ecstatic calm, or ecstatic release.
    • 2006, Ronald C. Fox, Ph.D. (editor), Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women and Bisexual Men, Haworth Press, ISBN 1560232994, page 140
      Some polyamorous people experience compersion, which means feeling joy that one’s partner is sharing closeness with another person (Keener, 2004; Polyamory Society, 1997). Keener’s (2004) study participants noted an absence of worry as to whether their partners might be cheating

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