The aim of this conceptual paper is to discuss the association between favoritism -which includes nepotism- and the individual psychological well-being. Becker (1957) distinguished between two kinds of discrimination namely, a positive one which is discrimination in favor of, such as nepotism and a negative one which is discrimination against (Graham, 2013; Taylor & Turner, 2002; Williams, Yu, Jackson, & Anderson, 1997). Importantly, Becker (1957) highlights that “the social and economic implications of positive prejudice or nepotism are very similar to those of negative prejudice or discrimination” (p. 7). The consequences of being discriminated against have been studied for several decades, which allows one to investigate the relationship between favoritism and mental health by utilizing the discrimination literature as an initiating guide.

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