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What does it mean when someone cries over other people's sucess?

Some background which I feel may be relevant:

I'm a male in my late 20s. Growing up (and even in early adulthood) I always imagined I'd be someone who would be perceived as great by a large number of people, despite the fact that I have no good reason to think this, it was just a strong belief that came from within. It turned out I didn't ammount to anything (relevant). (This isn't self-deprication, I'm just being realistic).

I've always been that kind of person that would rather do a great job or do nothing at all. Go big or go home.

I remember discovering the word megalomania for the first time in the dictionary and thinking it fitted me.
I wouldn't agree that I'm a megalomaniac according to the psyhcological definition given in wikipedia.

As I grew up I found myself crying over great moments of sucess by other people (or even fictional characters) more and more. Some examples of things I could see myself cry over are: 
Maradona's goal of the century;
Saw's ending (particularly the part where Jigsaw rises up to show who's boss);
An example from gaming - Street Fighter (for those people who don't understand what was going on: the male character was really, really close to losing and had a massive, massive come back and won);

I don't think I cried over these examples, but they're just examples. I could have cried, I believe. Also any sort of underdog winning story (like Rocky or David vs Goliath) is a good example.

I should say that I don't feel sad in this situations (I think), I'm happy for whoever lived the moment. I just wish it could be me.

More briefly: any moment of greatness can make me cry.

I don't really cry over other things.

Questions:  What would you guess is wrong with me? Why do I cry over this sort of stuff? How can I work on this issue by myself?  If there is a technical term to describe this, what is it and what are some good sources to read about it?

Any input you might feel is relevant is also appreciated.





asked Jul 4, 2013 in General Psychology by anonymous
edited Jul 4, 2013

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