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Overcoming Jealousy Envy Anger Hatred

Updated on September 7, 2016

What Causes You to be Jealous?

What Causes You to be Jealous?
What Causes You to be Jealous?

Depending on who you speak to about jealousy, it can either be referred to as a spark that can ignite a relationship or the intense fire that burns it down. This emotion has the ability to quickly destroy even the longest of relationships. Understanding how to first uncover the underlying causes of your own jealous feelings will definitely put you on the right path, but that isn’t enough to break the grips of that green eyed monster.

Once you understand why you have these feelings, that is not going to make the feeling evaporate. This is the time to uncover how you can release yourself from those chains that are causing you to sabotage every relationship you have. Fortunately you are listening to an expert when it comes to jealousy. I have single handily thrown away at least a dozen relationships due to this one powerful emotion.

Quotes About Jealousy and Overcoming Envy

The thing about jealousy is that it really is a double-edged sword. When you are jealous towards your partner, you bring about images and feelings that might only be all coming from you but have the potential to hurt everyone. Then you have the opposite side where people use jealousy to try and show somebody what they are missing. I can tell you from experience that no matter what way you use jealousy, it will cause more damage in the end. Thinking that jealousy could somehow spice up a relationship is an old wives tale.

There are hundreds of other things you can do to spice up a relationship that do not come with the risk of permanently destroying what you have. The reason many people lose their partners is because they think that this green-eyed monster is just a cute emotion that high school girls all feel. Most people simply underestimate all the power that jealousy actually has.

What Triggers Your Jealousy?

What Triggers Your Jealousy?
What Triggers Your Jealousy?

Consider if you will one of my experiences where I tried to use jealousy as a tool to get a guy to like me. So I decided to flirt a little hard with his best friend one night, thinking that this guy would come running to separate us and realize that I should be with him. His best friend was drunk and had trouble holding off my advances. While I tried to put on my show in front of this guy, his best friend decided he wanted more of a private show.

I had a tough time keeping his best friend off me, while at the same time watching this guy I liked simply walk the other way. In the end the guy simply assumed I was just another girl who jumps in bed with any guy. He had a huge fight with his best friend because he did actually have feelings for me even though I was trying to speed things up. So the two guys had a huge fight, and I lost the guy who now considered me a slut. That is how fast jealousy can work and backfire if you think you are strong enough to try and mess with this fire. I tried to use jealousy to get a guy to step up faster and make a move on me, and the end result was I lost him and the two friends now had a wedge between them over a girl.

Help Resolving Jealousy Issues

Help Resolving Jealousy Issues
Help Resolving Jealousy Issues

I have also lost several guys who I was in a committed relationship with by letting jealous feelings take over the relationship. I know from these experiences how to identify the triggers of this powerful emotion as well as understanding how to overcome jealousy. I will take you on a journey that covers a few examples from my personal life as well as tell you things I have learned along the way that can help you to avoid those pitfalls when they appear in your relationship. The secret to dealing with the green-eyed monster is not giving it more power than it already has. You have the ability to control your feelings long before they feed that monster, you just need to be made aware of what is causing you to go down that road.

Don’t Play the Jealousy Game

Do Not Play the Jealousy Game
Do Not Play the Jealousy Game

When it comes to being jealous in a relationship, you really have two choices that you should be making. You either decide to remain jealous and let this emotion destroy the foundation of your relationship or you gain the insight on how to eliminate this emotion once and for all so you can build that lasting relationship that you deserve.

Dealing With Jealousy

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I want to leave you with some advice a friend gave me a few years back that snapped me out of this funk I was in. I was the girl who was always crying to my friends how a guy hurt me, and then rehashed the incident over and over until they knew what was coming before I said it. Looking back I must have come off like a broken record each and every time I was in a relationship that exploded.

My friend asked me one night to meet her at the beach so we could talk without interruption. When she met me she was concerned for me. She was afraid that I was going to simply head down this path for the rest of my life, basically a victim to my own fears. She told me that the way for me to get out of this rut was to stop focusing on making everyone better. She noticed that when I was in a relationship I was always looking for ways to make sure he was happy. I was always trying to get the guy to like me, and then I would go overboard if I thought for a second he was into anyone else.

Erasing the Images that Cause Jealousy

Erasing the Images that Cause Jealousy
Erasing the Images that Cause Jealousy

I was always trying to please and always trying to keep the ship on course so we didn’t hit the rough patches I inevitably always hit. She told me that I needed to stop focusing on what was wrong and what happened in the past, and focus more on self-love. She basically told me that I needed to stop doing everything I had done up to this point and simply start loving myself again. It was the turning point for me and my jealousy attacks. When I began to really love who I was, so did everyone around me. Guys wanted to be with me for who I was, and I was happy again in my own skin.

Learning to Let Go of Your Fears

Learning to Let Go of Your Fears
Learning to Let Go of Your Fears

When you are happy in your own skin, the people around you want to be a part of your life because of you, not your past experiences. I started to once again focus on all the great qualities about myself, and the feelings of jealousy slowly went away. I occasionally am reminded from time to time of something that initially triggers a jealous image in my mind, but I have developed the understanding that those times are in the past and a part of my life that got me to where I am today.

I don’t use those situations as weapons any longer, I use them as a reminder of how dangerous they are and how much potential damage they can cause if left unchecked. You have the power inside to move on and leave those feelings and images behind you for good. I can promise you one thing, if you do develop the skills to leave them behind, you current relationship will be stronger then any you have had in your life.

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    • DaytonaWatterson profile image

      Daytona Watterson 15 months ago from South Florida

      I agree Scorpio!

      If I could go back and tell my younger self all I know today, I would focus on how jealousy is a silent killer that destroys friendships, relationships, and even bonds with siblings.

      It definitely has less appeal as we get older, I just do not have time to allow that poison in my life anymore!

    • dashingscorpio profile image

      dashingscorpio 15 months ago

      I believe the more self-esteem, relationship experience, and overall maturity we have the less often we play games of jealousy to try to win someone's attention and the less we become jealous in our relationships.

      Ultimately when (we) are jealous it means on some level we don't believe the person we are with is 100% into us or we love them more than they love us. Sometimes we don't want to share their time with anyone including their own family and friends and that's unhealthy.

      When we're young sometimes we mistake a person's jealousy as proof "they love us". As we get older however we see it as a "red flag".

      With age comes wisdom and jealousy "drama" has less appeal to us.

      The goal is to find someone who loves you (the way) you want to be loved.

      If you don't trust your mate the relationship is essentially over.