Are You The Jealous Type?


Are You The Jealous Type?
Are you jealous only if your romantic partner gives you reason to be?

It’s just not where my head goes. Or my emotions.

It’s not my style to dwell in a place of comparisons and doubt. To journey to the domain of jealousy where so many men and women flagellate themselves in crises of self-esteem, in insecurity, in lost trust and a trail of inane actions that lead to acting out and then, sometimes, feeling foolish. Doubt and Self Esteem


Are you the jealous type?

Are you jealous only if your romantic partner gives you reason to be?

Fight or Flight

If someone attempts to position another potential suitor at the ready hoping to get a rise out of me, it’s going to backfire.

If anything, keeping company with a jealous man, or one who tries to make me jealous will send me screaming into the night. Well, withdrawing quietly, anyway.

I will not fight. Instead, I will express the belief that adults will do what they want when they want more often than not – and nothing I can do or say will change that.

Efforts to make me jealous?

I take them as signs. Perhaps my concupiscent cohort in crime is crying out for more (or different) attention. Perhaps he is emotionally needy in a way that I am not, and a way I am not prepared to deal with. Are You Emotionally Needy? defines jealousy as:

"mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims"

Given Weinergate (and ArnoldStrasse?), I suppose that if I have suspicions that a lover or spouse is being unfaithful, that would certainly incite “mental uneasiness” and even fear. Fear, if my family life is built around belief in the other person. Even more so, if my finances are tied up in that union. The American Man: Is He Broken or Spent?

Yet I do not live in expectation of being deceived, or in fear of it. I return to the premise that men and women will do what they want in sexual matters, sometimes exercising good judgment, and at others, quite the opposite.

Catnip and Comparisons

For some, the thought of a rival is like catnip; recently a friend disclosed that now that he’s happily involved with a woman, an old girlfriend popped up – wanting to get back together. She explicitly referenced his new paramour, clearly part of the jealousy jukebox pushing her buttons.

I thought of the film I saw earlier in the week, and wondered about the psychology (and dynamics) of wanting what we cannot have. The fact that some value an object – or a person – only when they perceive that others consider it worth possessing. Every Girl Should Be Married

Ah, the concept of possession. You can “own” an object, but can you ever own the object of your affections? Would you really want to?

Not only am I not jealous by nature, I am not possessive. When I love, I do so ardently, but not possessively. And jealousy, to me, is all about possessiveness.

This article was originally published at . Reprinted with permission.
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