How to Tell the Difference Between Caring and Jealousy
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How to Tell the Difference Between Caring and Jealousy

March 18, 2020
Don't let jealous feelings get in the way of your relationship.
Don't let jealous feelings get in the way of your relationship.

Many people confuse jealousy with caring. A jealous person might say, “I’m not jealous, I just care about you too much." Take a look at the different types of jealousy and how they differ from true feelings of caring and love. You don’t want to mix up someone’s jealous behavior with caring because it leads to an unhealthy relationship.

What Does Jealousy Feel Like?

Romantic jealousy is a type of obsession. It’s when someone can’t take their mind off of you and can’t stand for you to be romantically involved with someone else. These feelings make a person do crazy things like stalking and spying, in an attempt to take control of the situation. Jealousy makes people lose control and do things that they wouldn't normally do. You can experience jealousy while in a relationship with someone, after breaking up with someone, or before you’ve even had a chance to be in a relationship with someone.

Jealousy While in a Relationship

The most common type of jealousy occurs while you’re in a relationship with someone. You feel like you can’t do anything without your partner inquiring. Your partner might also get mad if you talk to anyone without first asking for permission. It’s easy to recognize when your partner is feeling jealous. It only becomes a problem if you lose your freedom because of it. Your partner might truly care about you, but the jealous behavior can take over and ruin the relationship. If you ever feel like your partner is more jealous than caring, it’s time to slow down and rethink the relationship. If you need help, talk to a love psychic.

Jealousy After a Breakup

It’s also common for someone to feel jealous and possessiveness after breaking up with you, especially if the breakup wasn’t mutual. Jealousy after a breakup might include things like showing up at your work, trying to bump into you at every opportunity, and stalking you on social media or on the phone. It’s normal for your ex to still care and have feelings about you after a breakup, but that person should no longer be where you place all of your attention. If your ex's jealousy becomes an issue, you might want to consider a restraining order.

Jealousy from a Potential Partner

Jealousy is also possible from a crush or someone who wants to be romantically involved with you. This could simply be one of your friends, or someone you don't know well. Either this person hasn't worked up the courage to ask you out or has been unsuccessful in the past. The feelings of jealousy and possessiveness, however, are still there. It's best not to start a relationship with someone like this.

It’s unclear why some people form jealousy, but it is an unhealthy feeling. If you start feeling jealous, whether you’re in a relationship or not, talk to an online psychic to get the feelings resolved before they become a problem. There is a difference between jealousy and caring, and you don’t want to cross the line, or go into the gray area between these feelings.

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