Almost everyone has felt jealousy at some point in their lives, and it is a natural human reaction in intimate relationships. Jealousy can be a passing emotion, but it can also become overwhelming, prompting us to voice our concerns to our significant others. How do we do this in a way that keeps the lines of communication open and the trust in our relationships strong while still expressing our views and concerns? Let’s analyze the significance of jealousy in relationships and how to broach the subject with your significant other. Feeling envious of your partner is quite common1 in relationships, regardless of whether or not your partner is engaging in behavior like flirting with other people or cheating on you. Some researchers believe that human beings evolved to be overly protective of their love relationships in response to the threat of infidelity. Jealousy is generally seen as a negative trait. Someone who is jealous is likely to be worried and uneasy in their relationship. Or we could picture a jealous, furious partner who is always skeptical of their partner’s motives, no matter how reasonable they may be. Even though jealousy in abnormal amounts can lead to emotional abuse or physical violence, reasonable levels of jealousy are normal and even desirable in romantic relationships. A jealous partner may, on closer inspection, be someone who cares deeply about the relationship and wants to lay the groundwork for trust by communicating their own wants, needs, and limits.
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