The Oxford dictionary defines the word ‘jealous’ as ‘feeling or showing a resentful suspicion that one’s partner is attracted to or involved with someone else.’ It’s a normal human response to a perceived threat to a cherished relationship, and it actually has an evolutionary root – the behaviour ensures the propagation of one’s own genes vis-à-vis those of a rival. But, knowing this doesn’t make it less annoying, and dealing with a partner who is constantly trying to peek into your phone, eavesdropping on conversations or reacting by flying into a fit of rage every time you speak to someone even halfway attractive, can be emotionally draining.


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