I've also talked about how the Pattersons go out of their way to avoid seeing that they burn with envy because they feel like they can't measure up to someone else. Despite the fact that Becky never demonstrated the least inclination to steal April's boyfriend, the default negativity that's encoded in her DNA tells our girl that said bad fate is an inevitability.
I've even talked about the pointless negativity and fear of loss, defeat and humiliation that make Pattersons think that they're fighting for their lives when that is most assuredly not the case. As a general rule, a Patterson will either flat-out forget or snippily discount a thousand good things to obsess over one bad one.
What I sometimes neglect to mention is that not only do the Pattersons deny the fact that they too are capable of jealousy, malice, greed, envy and hate, they also love to deny the fact that they are pointlessly pessimistic. If they admitted that the glass is half-full and how good they had it, their ability to see themselves as victims fighting for survival would evaporate and then they'd be bullies and backstabbers.