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How a man gets jealous?

Jealousy is a complex emotion that many people experience at some point in their relationships. For men specifically, jealousy can arise for a variety of reasons and manifest in different ways. In this article, we will explore some of the key factors that contribute to jealousy in men, look at signs that a man is feeling jealous, and provide tips for dealing with jealousy in a healthy way.

Causes of Jealousy in Men

There are several potential triggers that can spark feelings of jealousy in men:

  • Insecurity – Men who lack confidence and have doubts about themselves or their worth in a relationship are more prone to jealousy. Insecurities about not being good enough make them constantly fear losing their partner.
  • Attachment style – Men with an anxious attachment style tend to worry about abandonment and betrayal. They may become jealous more easily as a way to prevent perceived threats to the relationship.
  • Possessiveness – Some men have a more possessive attitude toward their partner and view them as “belonging” to them. Too much possessiveness can fuel jealous feelings.
  • Past betrayal – Being cheated on or lied to by a past partner can plant seeds of doubt and make it harder to trust. Previous betrayals can predispose someone to jealousy.
  • Comparing themselves – Men who frequently compare themselves to others in terms of success, status, or attributes like physical appearance may envy male rivals. This can elicit jealousy.
  • Lack of communication – Poor communication and uncertainty about the state of the relationship can allow jealous feelings to take root and grow.

In most cases, jealousy stems from some combination of insecurity, fear of loss, and perceived threats to the exclusivity of the relationship. Digging deeper into the root causes that underlie jealousy can help men address it in a healthier way.

Signs of Jealousy in Men

Jealousy can manifest in different ways in men. Some of the most common signs of jealousy to look out for include:

  • Possessiveness – A jealous man will often show possessive body language (e.g. putting arm around his partner) and constantly want to know where his partner is and who they are with.
  • Monitoring – He may check his partner’s phone, emails, social media, or even physically follow them. This stems from suspicion and wanting to catch them doing something “wrong.”
  • Interrogation – Jealous men tend to interrogate their partner about minute details and ask repetitive questions about who they were with and what they were doing.
  • Accusations – Falsely accusing a partner of flirting, cheating, or lying can reflect underlying feelings of jealousy and mistrust.
  • Anger – Jealousy can quickly turn to anger, criticism, or even threats as a way to express their feelings of insecurity and fear.
  • Isolation – A jealous partner may try to isolate their partner by limiting time spent with friends and family. They view others as “threats.”
  • Competition – Trying to one-up male friends/colleagues or being extra-competitive in male-dominated settings can signify jealousy.
  • Withdrawal – Sometimes jealousy turns inward and makes men withdraw from their partner and relationship due to feelings of anger, resentment, or insecurity.

These types of behaviors can damage trust and intimacy in a relationship. Identifying them early provides an opportunity to intervene and uncover the root of jealousy issues.

Dealing with Jealousy in a Healthy Way

If your partner is struggling with jealousy, there are some effective ways to help them overcome it:

  • Communication – Have an open, honest conversation about what triggers their jealousy and empathize with any underlying hurts or insecurities.
  • Reassurance – Validate your partner’s importance in your life and reinforce your commitment to the relationship. This can ease jealousy.
  • Set boundaries – Make it clear that controlling, accusatory behavior will not be tolerated long-term, even if you understand the jealousy behind it.
  • Allow trust to build – Resist any urges to “prove yourself” and rebuild trust naturally by maintaining intimacy and consistency in the relationship.
  • Counseling – Seeking help through couples counseling can give you tools to address jealousy and other issues in a safe environment.
  • Mindfulness – Learning mindfulness exercises can help men be more aware of jealous feelings and respond to them in a thoughtful, compassionate way instead of lashing out.
  • Boost self-esteem – Support your partner in developing confidence and self-esteem so they feel less threatened by comparisons to others.
  • Social life – Make an effort to spend time together socially with other couples. Having a healthy social life can combat isolation and insecurity.

With emotional awareness, patience, and the right support, jealousy can be overcome in time. The most important things are having empathy, setting boundaries, and encouraging open communication in the relationship.

Cause of Jealousy Signs of Jealousy Ways to Address It
Insecurity Possessiveness, interrogation, accusations Reassurance, counseling, boost self-esteem
Fear of abandonment Isolation, monitoring phone/email Communication, set boundaries, mindfulness
Past betrayals Suspiciousness, withdrawal Allow trust building, relationship consistency
Envy Competitiveness, anger Support self-confidence, socializing together

When to Seek Outside Help

In extreme cases involving domestic abuse, violence, or very controlling behavior, it may be necessary to seek outside support. Signs that professional help is needed include:

  • Controlling finances or preventing partner from working
  • Stalking, monitoring every move through technology
  • Violence or threats against partner or perceived rivals
  • Preventing partner from seeing family/friends
  • Gaslighting and extreme psychological manipulation
  • Intense verbal abuse

A licensed counselor that specializes in domestic violence, a women’s shelter, or the authorities should be contacted in situations like these. Safety should be the priority.

When Jealousy Indicates Deeper Problems

Sometimes persistent jealousy points to deeper personal issues or an unhealthy relationship dynamic. Look at the bigger picture if jealousy seems impossible to overcome, including:

  • History of unstable relationships marked by betrayal
  • Substance abuse exacerbating feelings of paranoia and insecurity
  • Personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Abusive tendencies and desire to control partner
  • Significant trauma or abandonment issues
  • A partner who gives reason for mistrust through past infidelity or lying

Seeking counseling individually or as a couple can help illuminate some of these potential issues. The path to overcoming chronic jealousy usually requires getting to the root causes.


Jealousy is a difficult emotion for many men to deal with constructively. However, understanding common triggers and manifestations of jealousy makes it easier to identify and address. With compassion, communication, proper boundaries, and sometimes professional support, jealousy can be managed successfully over time. The outcome is a relationship built on trust, intimacy, and mutual fulfillment for both partners.