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Guy Takes Drastic Measures After Attempts To Coerce GF Into Handing Over Her New PC Fail
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Guy Takes Drastic Measures After Attempts To Coerce GF Into Handing Over Her New PC Fail

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Envy isn’t one of the most pleasant emotions, especially when it’s felt in a relationship. It often arises when a person has minor insecurities, and if they’re left unaddressed, they can negatively affect the partnership. 

In redditor’s Gamergirlaita case, the thing that conjured up envy in her relationship was a gaming computer. The partners both shared their love of playing video games, but when the girlfriend decided to update her equipment, the boyfriend got upset and insulted her. One heated thing led to another, and their hobby became the reason their relationship crumbled in 24 hours. 

Scroll down to find the full story and a conversation with relationship coach Dawn Lucht and relationship therapist Bianca Saia, who kindly agreed to tell us more about envy between partners.

Having shared hobbies in a relationship can be a lot of fun

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However, in this relationship, it became a thing that majorly conjured up envy

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Image credits: gamergirlaita

Later, the author provided an update

“Jealousy in any relationship is about the jealous person feeling insecure”

Bored Panda reached out to relationship coach Dawn Lucht who believes that there’s no such thing as healthy jealousy in a relationship. She says, “Jealousy in any relationship is about the jealous person feeling insecure, and the person who’s the focal point of the jealousy is possibly acting in a way that creates a feeling of unsafety in the relationship. At the root of this jealous behavior is often fear. Fear of rejection, abandonment, judgment, or not being “enough.”

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We also contacted relationship therapist Bianca Saia, who suggests that this emotion isn’t inherently healthy or unhealthy. “Kids feel jealous, adults feel jealous, and some people swear that their pets get jealous!”

“Feelings are a way of your body telling you, “This situation here needs your attention.” The better we are at approaching the (granted, quite unpleasant!) emotion of jealousy with curiosity and acceptance, the better equipped we will be for what to do next,” she explains.

However, she notes, “What’s unhealthy is to feel jealousy and control, moralize, insult, and hurt our partner in an attempt to not feel so bad. Doing that can absolutely be destructive.

When speaking of material things, like in this story, it’s more fitting to use the word envy. Saia further explains, “Envy is a feeling that mixes desire and jealousy. What envy does is point to something that is important to us. Once that’s identified, we can decide to move towards obtaining what we desire and feel inspired by our partner’s possessions and achievements.”

Some signs indicating that the partner feels envious are if they don’t look genuinely happy for the other person’s successes or if they criticize something important to them. They might also minimize accomplishments or constantly compare wages or job positions.

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How envy affects a relationship depends on the way we react to our feelings

How it affects a relationship depends on what we do with the way we feel. Neuroscientist Berit Brogaard advises refraining from acting on such feelings right away. Intense and frequent episodes of envy only cause havoc in relationships when they are acted upon. 

She further explains, “Feel, but don’t act. If the need arises, consider explaining your feelings to your romantic partner, friend, or family member. Perhaps they can help. But don’t attempt to have this conversation when you are consumed by these destructive feelings. Wait till you feel calmer.”

Since such emotions often go hand in hand with low self-esteem and insecurity issues, Dawn recommends, “Take responsibility for your behaviors and not expect the other person to change to make you feel more comfortable.”

Saia mentions that dealing with these feelings also requires understanding and communication from both partners. “The partner experiencing jealousy (Partner A) should begin by being honest with themselves. They might acknowledge, “I don’t like feeling jealous, but I accept that it’s here.” Then they can reflect on the specific trigger for their jealousy.”

Furthermore, Dawn notes, “If the person you’re with is constantly trying to make you feel jealous, then this is a red flag too, and you need to address this head-on. If it continues, either seek professional help and/ or be courageous enough to enforce healthy boundaries or leave.”

Saia seconds this by saying, “If Partner A notices recurring jealousy despite Partner B’s sincere efforts to reassure them, they might consider working on themselves to improve their self-love and acceptance (attending therapy, doing readings, meditation, and other tools for growth).”

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After some time, the author provided an update

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Austeja Zokaite

Austeja Zokaite

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Hi, glad you swung by! My name is Austėja, and I’m a writer at Bored Panda. With a degree in English philology, I’m interested in all aspects of language. Being fresh out of university, my mission is to master the art of writing and add my unique touch to every personal story and uplifting article we publish. In my time here, I’ve covered some fun topics such as scrungy cats and pareidolia, as well as more serious ones about mental health and relationship hiccups. When I’m not on my laptop, you’ll probably find me devouring pastries, especially croissants, paired with a soothing cup of tea. Sunsets, the sea, and swimming are some of my favorite things.

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Austeja Zokaite

Austeja Zokaite

Writer, BoredPanda staff

Hi, glad you swung by! My name is Austėja, and I’m a writer at Bored Panda. With a degree in English philology, I’m interested in all aspects of language. Being fresh out of university, my mission is to master the art of writing and add my unique touch to every personal story and uplifting article we publish. In my time here, I’ve covered some fun topics such as scrungy cats and pareidolia, as well as more serious ones about mental health and relationship hiccups. When I’m not on my laptop, you’ll probably find me devouring pastries, especially croissants, paired with a soothing cup of tea. Sunsets, the sea, and swimming are some of my favorite things.

Gabija Saveiskyte

Gabija Saveiskyte

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Hi there! I am a Visual Editor at Bored Panda. My job is to ensure that all the articles are aesthetically pleasing. I get to work with a variety of topics ranging from all the relationship drama to lots and lots of memes and, my personal favorites, funny cute cats. When I am not perfecting the images, you can find me reading with a cup of matcha latte and a cat in my lap, taking photos (of my cat), getting lost in the forest, or simply cuddling with my cat... Did I mention that I love cats?

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Gabija Saveiskyte

Gabija Saveiskyte

Author, BoredPanda staff

Hi there! I am a Visual Editor at Bored Panda. My job is to ensure that all the articles are aesthetically pleasing. I get to work with a variety of topics ranging from all the relationship drama to lots and lots of memes and, my personal favorites, funny cute cats. When I am not perfecting the images, you can find me reading with a cup of matcha latte and a cat in my lap, taking photos (of my cat), getting lost in the forest, or simply cuddling with my cat... Did I mention that I love cats?

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Glad it worked out in the end. She obviously needed a wake up call and I'm glad it's a safe one. People, don't fall for the sunk cost fallacy. Don't stay with anyone soley because you've been together for a relatively long time or put work into the relationship that isn't even paying off. Life is too short to deal with this type of BS. You don't owe anyone anything that isn't giving it back to you. And even then, like shouldn't be transactional between people who care about each other. Go be happy.

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Carla Mollica
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The blinders came off. Finally. I'm sure her loved ones saw him for the moocher he was. And are relieved it seems to b over. I hope she stands firm.

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JayWantsACat
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Glad it worked out in the end. She obviously needed a wake up call and I'm glad it's a safe one. People, don't fall for the sunk cost fallacy. Don't stay with anyone soley because you've been together for a relatively long time or put work into the relationship that isn't even paying off. Life is too short to deal with this type of BS. You don't owe anyone anything that isn't giving it back to you. And even then, like shouldn't be transactional between people who care about each other. Go be happy.

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Carla Mollica
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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The blinders came off. Finally. I'm sure her loved ones saw him for the moocher he was. And are relieved it seems to b over. I hope she stands firm.

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