How I Respond to Jealousy in My Relationship

John and I had a beautiful in depth conversation about working through jealous feelings this morning (probably because he had his “date” last night). I talked to him about the process I went through in allowing myself to feel whatever I was feeling in regards to him being out. This gave me the opportunity to see what if anything bothered me.

At one point during the evening I began to feel a kind of burning in my chest. I took that “burning” and zeroed in on what was creating that pressure. Was I upset that John had made plans to spend time with his female friend? Wasn’t it enough that John had spent the day with me today and yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that, and on and on? “So no, I guess that wasn’t it.”

Was I upset because John had made plans for a date? Would I have said yes to a date if he had asked me? (he had made his plans around 6:30 in the evening). No, probably not. I was all comfy plus I had actually planned on spending some quality time that evening with my daughter. So that wasn’t it either.

Was I upset because I wasn’t involved in the evening? What makes me think I’m not involved? Isn’t John going to come home all excited about his night out and be anxious to share with me everything that happened? Won’t he also be anxious to make love to me and tell me how much he loves me and how thankful he is that he can be his authentic self? So apparently it’s not that either. If these things aren’t the reason, then what WAS my fear doing? Was my fear keeping me from wanting my husband’s happiness? Was it keeping me from admitting that I actually enjoy hearing about his evening?

My fear will tell me I have to be his physical “center” but that is a lie. My fear will tell me I’m not a proper, wholesome woman if I admit I like hearing the details of the evening…also a lie.

I laid in bed contemplating all these thoughts when it started to dawn on me that I was opening my self up to my fears. I was uncovering my eyes to look at what (I thought) was scaring me and you know what…it wasn’t scary!!!

My fears (all this time) were unfounded. By taking the time to bravely face them I was actually causing them to dissipate before my very eyes!

I could be happy and share in my partner’s joy. I WAS a part of what was happening. I didn’t have to be physically by his side to see the value of the event. I realized that in the future when he goes out I could rejoice in my personal time by also spending that time really getting to know my most important relationship…the relationship with myself!

WOW, I actually made it through the evening and was okay!

I checked my phone, it was 11:03 pm…hmmm, wonder how his night is going? By 11:09 pm I had my answer…”I’m on my way home.” I smiled.

Instead of spending my evening hidden under an umbrella of jealousy, I was wrapped up in the coziness of love. I couldn’t wait to see John and wrap that love around him and tell him how grateful I am to have him in my life and as my partner. I couldn’t wait to share in the evening’s energy. To be strengthened by what was happening, to experience this growth, this harmony, this loving open.

9 thoughts on “How I Respond to Jealousy in My Relationship”

  1. I am curious, what if the shoe was on the other foot? Could he sit at home and would he be able to honestly admit his fears?

    1. The shoe has been on the other foot. I should note that John has been in the lifestyle much longer than me, so when we reconnected 9 years ago, any paradigm shifts from monogamy to swinger or open relationship models had already been traversed by him. He absolutely loves it when I date or see other men.

  2. Thanks for the article! I’m a male, in a relationship with a female now for 4 years almost. However, for most of our relationship, I was unfaithful to her. It all came crashing down a few months ago and we have worked through a lot of our issues. I’ve remained faithful the last 6 months or so and honestly I’m very happy with her. I do feel like I’m kinda “wired” for poly, however, I feel like I burned any chance of that with my previous indiscretions. It’s kind of a bummer because I feel like an open relationship would really be enjoyable. She’s not really into it, though she is open to swinger parties (only being physical with each other, being watched and watching). So we’ll probably start there and see how it goes.

    Just wanted to thank you both for sharing your challenges.

  3. There are two common toxic emotions in the lifestyle–and in life in general.

    1. Envy. “You have something I want”. The fact is that that there is always someone with…a fancier car, a nicer office, a better appointed home, flatter stomach, nicer hair, … And there are always others wishing they had what you have. The antidote for all of this is contentment and gratitude.

    2. Jealousy. Not only “You want something I have” but also “If you gain what I have, I will be cast aside.” It’s perfectly normal to not only want to hear the details but also to crave the subsequent reassurance of being “number one”. Learning to find joy in someone else’s happiness (compersion) is not easy — there is a prerequisite of getting past the nightmare of imagined abandonment.

  4. This is a great topic of interest for me. I’ve never played separately from my wife of 20 years but she has done it three times. Once with a woman, which didn’t bother me one bit. It made me so hot! It was unplanned and happened spontaneously. Twice, with another man which was planned. Those encounters did stir toxic emotions on my part. She had my consent both times with him but I just had some deep negative feelings about it. I have a hard time myself grasping what exactly it is that bothers me about it though. I’m still struggling to figure it out.

  5. Having experienced the sharing of my wife with another man and seeing the excitement in my former wife’s eyes, I wanted to give this experience to my current wife. Unfortunately, she is very timid and not confident enough to allow another man take her sexually. Very unfortunate. Those who live this lifestyle are in my mind truly fortunate.

  6. Why not coordinate your dates… So when he’s out, you arent at home wondering what he’s doing because you’re out having your own fun? I’ve seen a few articles where you are home processing and rationalizing how you feel about him being out. Just seems kinda one-sided. But then… maybe you’re just posting the stories of the challenges so others can learn.

    1. Yes, coordinating date nights is an excellent way to combat those amplified moments and is something we do. Like you notated, posting the challenges helps others learn. Thanks so much for the input.

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