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Pathological Jealousy Is Real — and It Could Be Ruining Your Relationship

A little bit of envy here and there is human nature. It doesn’t always mean we’re terribly insecure. Sometimes it’s a good indicator that we truly love and cherish the person we’re with, and thus don’t want to see our relationship threatened. But what happens when jealousy is more than just a fleeting thought? If you’ve ever felt consumed with envy, we have some bad news — this could really be turning your partner off.

Pathological jealousy can quickly tarnish a relationship. Here’s what you need to know about the condition.

Men and women get extremely jealous over different things

A couple sits on a couch as the boyfriend takes a peek at his girlfriend's phone.

A couple sits on a couch as the boyfriend takes a peek at his girlfriend's phone. Look for cues on what upsets your significant other. | Bojan89/Getty Images

You can probably think of one thing in particular that makes you feel quite jealous. And Seth Meyers, Ph.D., tells Psychology Today your gender might actually indicate what sort of behaviors make you envious. Women are more likely to feel jealous when their partner’s emotionally cheating on them. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to get riled up over physical cheating.

If your partner has a history of infidelity, then perhaps your jealousy is justified. But what if your jealousy is more grounded in paranoia than reality? Here are some red flags.

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