Jealousy In A Relationship: Why It Happens and How To Stop It

by Anjali Sayee

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening” – Maya Angelou

That’s so true! Jealousy is natural in any relationship. Especially when you may feel the relationship is threatened and you start feeling insecure. While a little bit of jealousy is fine, uncontrolled jealousy may get to the point of ruining the relationship. Not sure if your jealousy is the toxic kind? Keep reading for more clarity.

Is Jealousy Good In A Relationship?

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Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one – Emma Goldman

If you have watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S, remember why Ross and Rachel “take a break?” Ross was consumed with jealousy about Rachel and Mark’s friendship, which soured the bond between the beloved couple.

Jealousy is never good in a relationship. You have to trust your partner. Without trust, the relationship becomes toxic and eventually dies out. While jealousy may initially look all cute, it can quickly morph into the Lernaean hydra (the mythical Greek monster).

What stirs up jealousy in a relationship? Read on to know!

What Causes Jealousy In A Relationship?

1. Inferiority

“Jealousy is an inner consciousness of one’s own inferiority. It is a mental cancer.” – B.C. Forbes

Jealousy often arises from an inferiority complex, which leads to insecurities. For instance, you may feel like you are not good enough to sustain your relationship. Similarly, your partner may feel inferior and think you are dissatisfied and end the relationship.

2. Comparison

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“Comparison is a very foolish attitude, because each person is unique and incomparable. Once this understanding settles in you, jealousy disappears.” – Osho

Once you open the door to insecurities, you start comparing yourself with others, especially your partner’s friends. This makes you believe that you are up against all of them. In such scenarios, you may end up asking your partner not to meet their friends. Your partner (unaware of what’s brewing inside your head) may not give in to such demands, which may fuel the fire.

3. Self-Doubt

“Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.” – Francois Rauchefaucold

Jealousy feeds off your self-doubt. The more you put yourself down, the more you believe your partner will leave you. This increases envy and anger, especially if your partner is hanging out with someone you constantly compare yourself with.

4. Envy

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“Jealousy is information. It tells you what you desire, what you admire, what you despise in yourself. You could learn from the person you envy if you weren’t blinded by resentment. Learning feels better than loathing.” – The Stoic Emperor

People tend to envy others for traits they lack. This is aggravated if you already have self-doubt.

5. Obsession

“Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive.” – Havelock Ellis

Jealousy is like a wildfire that spreads quickly due to obsessive thinking. You want to keep a watch on your partner’s whereabouts. You try checking their phone or calendar when they aren’t around. If they meet someone you don’t like, it worsens the situation. This obsessive thinking eventually slays the love you and your partner have for each other.

6. Lack Of Trust

“Jealousy is the lifelong noose hanging about the neck of love.” – Caitlin Thomas

If you don’t trust your partner, you will try to force them into a tighter rein, meaning, you will want to control their freedom in the relationship. You will want to know where they are and whom they are with all the time. Your partner will feel trapped and suffocated in a relationship like this.

7. Past Experiences

“Jealousy is a strong emotion that can break any strong relationship.” – Anonymous

Jealousy is a strong emotion, but it affects you more if you have been cheated on in your past relationship. Your mind begins to think the worst about your current partner because of past experiences. But it is important to remember that you cannot allow someone else’s recklessness to affect your relationship.

Now you know why jealousy grows in a relationship, but how can you stop it from becoming a Thanos-like hindrance?

How Do I Stop Feeling Jealous?

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  1. Learn to trust your partner. Once you trust your partner wholeheartedly, any question of infidelity is thrown out the window. Try some trust exercises to build your relationship.
  2. Be open with your partner. Let them know how you feel.
  3. If you cannot trust your partner and let go of the jealousy, talk to a therapist. You can do this alone; however, it is better to deal with it as a couple.
  4. Focus on the positives in your relationship. As a relationship grows, the focus often shifts on the negative aspects. Every day reaffirm to yourself why you fell in love with your partner.
  5. Work on building self-confidence and come out of the inferiority complex to conquer jealousy.
  6. Instead of acting on your jealousy, divert your mind. Try going for a walk to clear your mind. You can also try stretches or dancing to de-stress yourself.
  7. If you have been hurt in a past relationship, learn to let that pain go. You cannot hold your current partner accountable for your ex’s mistake.
  8. Make it a point to spend time together, and learn to give them their own space.

Jealousy is not worth the turmoil in a relationship. If you notice you or your partner becoming jealous, try finding the root of the issue. Talk things out, and seek help if needed. Work on building trust in your relationship. Make sure you rid yourself of the green-eyed monster.

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Anjali Sayee

Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.
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