It is a basic primitive emotion and I see it with people and animals.  Like right now my daughter’s cat Luna,  is paying extra attention to me (more so than usual) and Simba is in agony. Howling like he is in pain.  My boy is not used to his feline sister getting all this attention from me.

Jealousy can be a thrilling emotion…hedonistic….depends on the frequency. An adrenaline rush of emotions-all consuming that it can sometimes take your breath away.

This green-eyed monster actually is healthy, in small doses.  By no means am I condoning infidelity.  There is this basic thrill in the pit of the stomach knowing someone else finds your partner as attractive as you do…it comes and goes. It affirms your love for this person. But unhealthy distrust which comes with constant jealousy can destroy you and your relationship:

“Love is as strong as death, jealousy as unyielding as the grave; it burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame” (Song of Solomon 8:6).

I believe too much jealousy is a clear sign of immaturity and insecurity.  Of course you don’t want to provoke your partner into a state of unrest.  But it is natural to feel some type of jealousy because of our basic protective instincts to hold on to our earthly bonds. But you musn’t let yourself become consumed to the point that you no longer recognize who you are.

You can read more about the affects of jealousy at Ehow’s article “How Does Jealousy Affect A Relationship?

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