Behavioral Jealousy

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Behavioral jealousy are actions that occur between an individual who is experiencing envious thoughts and how they internalize and react to the stimuli. Pfeiffer and Wong (1989) “conceptualize jealous behaviors as the detective/protective measures a person takes when relationship rivals (real or imaginary) are perceived. Detective actions include questioning, checking up on the partner, and searching the partner’s belongings” (p.183). Research suggests that behavioral jealousy is used to maintain relationships. Relationship maintenance refers to either positive or negative behaviors that occur between two individuals in order to maintain a healthy communicative balance. Dainton and Gross (2008) specifically discuss the repercussions that …show more content…
However, when angry individuals are highly aroused, cognition ceases and flight or fight impulses take over” (Guerrero & Afifi, 1999, p. 228). Therefore, sending messages in a positive mindset, even jealousy induced emotions can end successfully if the jealous individual frames the message correctly. In regards to jealousy interactions, often times negative emotions prevent partners to communicate effectively. “The use of positive behaviors such as emotional disclosure, open discussion, and relationship talk are some ways that both partners can effectively communicate about jealousy (Yoshimura, 2004, p. 96). Researchers suggest that individuals handle jealous induced messages differently and react based on their personal self goals and interpretations. Often times, lack of communication between partners disrupt the balance of messages based on personal preconceived expressions. Bevan and Tidgewell (2009) discuss partner jealousy expressions in regards to relationship uncertainty, in which individuals struggle to explain their attitudes or behaviors during the interaction. The research explains how certain interactive jealousy expressions and general behavioral expressions can cause communication consequences that affect individual and relational goals. For instance, Mathes et. al (1982) suggest that utilizing a self-report jealousy scale can help connect jealousy with other indicators such as low-self

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