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BrideofKain BrideofKain 31-35, F 10 Answers Nov 17, 2012 in Dating & Relationships

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in my opinion, it measures how much you care for that person .. although it clouds your intellect and can often lead to misconceptions ..

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I care about my partner, but I trust him, and I know that he would never do anything to hurt me. So I have no need to be jealous. If I didn't trust him and I was in need of being jealous, then our relationship would be a sham.

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you can trust someone you love, but you should love the person you trust ..

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Exactly.

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I am not sure jealousy is something you think about..I think it is a trait that you have or you don't have..I am not sure you can control it. And If it strikes, me if I am envious of something, I talk to myself and reassure myself, by reminding me of ways that I have been blessed. He or she may have that, but I have this.

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I can agree that it might be a trait. However, it is possible to control it. Example: I am jealous of my partner, but I trust him/her and it is all in my head anyway. Or: I am jealous so i will check his/her phone.
And from you are saying, you already control yours.

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exactly, your aware it is there, and so you react and control it. what I am saying..we can control it once it happens, but we can't really stop it from enetring our head. it is just there.
The difference is we control the emotion, others don't , the jealousy just takes over.

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One possible explanation of the origin of jealousy in evolutionary psychology is that the emotion evolved in order to maximize the success of our genes. e.g. A jealous behavior, in men, is directed into avoiding sexual betrayal and a consequent waste of resources and effort in taking care of someone else’s offspring.

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So it is similar to a territorial instinct? So why then are females jealous?

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You could go along a similar sexual route that she wishes for her mate to provide and protect HER and not another woman?

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There might be something to what you say. In your opinion is then a jealousy an instinct that outlived it's usefulness?

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Precisely. Though it may be of some use as a negative incentive to be loyal, achieve success etc.

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Thanks. Your comments were enlightening.

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It's just a pain. Has also to do with your self esteem. Some people just can't help it.

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That's strange. I have a very low self esteem, but I never feel jealous.

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Possibly it wasn't something you cared enough about. Or not an issues with all cases

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I care for my partner, yet I don't feel jealous of him. Other females look at me strangely because I don't 'keep an eye out on your man'.

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None, it serves no purpose

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True that, so why do it?

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