Behavioral Jealousy Scale
Do you often find yourself acting overly protective or controlling of your partner? Take this test to find out if you suffer from 'behavioral jealousy.'
By Jourdan Travers, LCSW | February 07, 2024
Behavioral jealousy encompasses the observable actions and reactions individuals display in response to perceived threats to their relationships. It can manifest as possessiveness, monitoring and controlling actions aimed at exerting dominance or safeguarding against potential rivals. Stemming from fear and insecurity, behavioral jealousy is often a response to real or imagined threats, shaping the interactions and dynamics within intimate relationships.
If unaddressed, behavioral jealousy can lead to increased conflict, erosion of trust and even psychological or emotional abuse. Recognizing the signs of behavioral jealousy allows for early intervention and targeted support to address underlying insecurities and maladaptive relationship patterns, fostering healthier relationship dynamics and preventing potential harm.
The behavioral dimension of the Multidimensional Jealousy Scale is vital for assessing and understanding jealous actions. With this tool, researchers and clinicians are offered valuable insights into individuals' experiences and relationship dynamics. By systematically measuring the severity and frequency of behavioral jealousy symptoms, this scale can mitigate jealousy's detrimental effects and promote healthier relationship functioning.
You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.
Step 1: Consider how often you engage in the following behaviors on a scale from “Never” to “All The Time”:
References: Pfeiffer, S. M. & Wong, P. T. P. (1989). Multidimensional jealousy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 6(2). 181-196. doi:10.1177/026540758900600203