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ASU Study Finds Jealousy Strengthens Friendships

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 3:20pm

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Jaimie Arona Krems and Keelah Williams
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Psychologists and best friends Jaimie Arona Krems (left) and Keelah Williams.

It might be hard to believe, but a new study from Arizona State University proves it's true: Jealousy in friendships is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, as Jaimie Arona Krems and Keelah Williams have found, it can actually strengthen relationships.

And they should know, because they're not just psychology researchers — they’re friends.

Krems is an assistant professor of psychology at the Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary Analysis. Keelah Williams, an assistant professor of psychology at Hamilton College in New York, is her best friend.

The two met and became friends while they were earning their Ph. D.s here in the Valley at ASU, and this new research, for them, hits home.

The Show spoke with them both for more about it.

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