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How to Talk with Your Partner about Jealousy...and Not Make it Worse!
By Susie and Otto Collins

If you are in a relationship with a person who tends to get jealous easily and often, it might appear difficult to communicate with him or her.

It can seem tricky and treacherous to talk about matters that trigger jealousy with your partner-- and sometimes it can seem tricky and treacherous to talk about much of anything at all.

Perhaps you just don't know what will set off a jealous reaction in your mate.

The fact of the matter probably is, you want to be in this relationship and you want to move closer to your love.

But you don't want jealousy to continue to come between the two of you.

You might be searching for ways to talk about how you are feeling regarding your partner's jealousy and your relationship overall but you don't want to make it worse.

Anthony feels like there are land mines set in all areas of his relationship.

He know this is a dramatic way of looking at things, but it's how it seems to him at the moment.

It's as if whatever Anthony does or says-- no matter how benign or innocent it appears to be from his point of view-- it sets off an explosive jealous reaction in his girlfriend Angela.

While Anthony tries very hard to watch what he
says, quite regularly, arguments and tears dominate their time together.

Anthony is not ready to give up on Angela or their
relationship, but he also is very unhappy with the
direction they seem to be headed.

Instead, he'd like to have fun with her and share passionate connecting, like they did when they first started dating-- and when Angela's jealousy was not yet apparent to him.

Choose connecting words.
If you are ready to make a shift in your relationship, changing the way you communicate can help immensely.

You cannot force or erase the jealousy that your partner feels. As much as you'd like to be able to do this, it is not going to happen.

Stopping jealousy is ultimately up to the person who is feeling it.

What you can do is choose words that communicate your desire to connect, build trust and be open when talking with your mate.

You can also act in accordance with what you are speaking about-- genuinely and with integrity.

One phrase you might try is this: "Because our
relationship is so important to me...."

This phrase is potentially relationship-transforming in the way that it sets up whatever you are saying next.

When you start a sentence with this phrase, you are clearly letting your partner know that your intentions are to move closer together and that he or she and what you share together are important to you.

Anthony sets aside his fear of "land mines" and decides that he has to talk with Angela about her jealousy.

He says to her, "Because our relationship is so important to me, I'd like to talk about the jealousy that I believe is driving us apart."

Anthony stays as relaxed as possible and open as he speaks these words. 

He listens as Angela talks about her fears and worries.  Then he shares how much he loves her and how hurt he feels when she mistrusts him.

It is a difficult conversation and it is also one that
both Angela and Anthony feel relieved and grateful to have had.

Make communication agreements.
Once you start experiencing the magic that choosing connecting words can bring to your relationship, you'll probably want to continue this practice.

Create some communication agreements with your partner.  These don't have to be a list of "don'ts" that feels restrictive or forced.

Instead, your communication agreements can be a declaration of your new intention to stay open, be honest and remain present and attentive with one another.

You can also get specific with communication agreements.

For example, Anthony and Angela decide that when Angela feels jealous, she will take some time to look within and get clear about what is triggering her jealousy before talking with him about it.

Anthony agrees to listen to Angela without condemning her and that he will notice her improvements as she releases jealousy.

They promise to be honest and open with one
another including such things as what and who they've been with as well as how they are each feeling and what they want.

No matter how jealous your partner has been in the past, you can set a new tone and mood in your relationship.

You can tune in to yourself and look honestly at what you want and how you want to be in this relationship.

From a place of clarity, you can speak about jealousy and any other topic that might have seemed off-limits or too dangerous before.

You can potentially end up closer than before as a result of communicating connectingly.







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