Jealousy, a Sign of Love or Insecurity?

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Alexis Glynn Eliza C. Martinez07/21/11

Jealousy: a sign of love or insecurity?

We have come across people who claim that jealousy made their relationships with their partners stronger. In addition to that, some people also claim that jealousy is healthy in a relationship. Most of us would assume that when a couple quarrels over something due to jealousy, they are just merely showing how much they love each other. Nearly all people equate jealousy with love however, opinions pointed out in this paper would suggest otherwise. Just the word jealousy, itself, can evoke many controversial feelings in a person. Most of us have probably felt it at one time or another in our lives. The majority of the time that we feel this emotion, we might not even be consciously aware of why we are jealous at the moment. It might feel like an automatic reaction for us; we see our beloved partner bursting out in laughter at a joke that some other potentially attractive woman or man made other than us. Suddenly, the rate of our heartbeat increases just a bit and our mind starts whirling and analyzing the situation. We sense a fear of losing our mate to the funny person, because we think that maybe they are better than us. When that happens, we either express jealousy in the form of violence by lashing out at our partner and giving false accusations or we resort to revenge by doing something which the other one objects to. Jealousy is not at all bad. In fact, it is a healthy ingredient in a relationship if the people involved know how to handle this kind of emotion. Rational thinking and disposition helps quell out the initial negative reactions. One must first think before acting in order to not embarrass oneself. Nobody could really keep someone to himself because interaction with other people is normal and that one must accept that this is inevitable. A person should not only be concentrated to one. In relationships, it is the only exclusive intimate sharing of one’s self...
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