Do You Need to Check Your Jealous Streak?

Could jealousy be interfering with a potential or current relationship? Take this quiz from Dr. Phil’s website to see if your jealousy is healthy, or if it’s likely to cause problems in your romantic life. 

  1. I call my significant other unexpectedly just to see if he or she is there. 
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never
     
  2. I say something nasty about another person if my significant other shows an interest in that person.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 
  3. I question my significant other about his or her whereabouts.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 
  4. I pay my significant other a surprise visit just to see whom he or she is with.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 
  5. I question my significant other about his or her telephone calls.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 
  6. I suspect that my significant other may be physically intimate with another person behind my back.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 
  7. I think that my significant other is secretly developing an intimate relationship with someone else.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 
  8. I look through my significant other’s drawers, handbag, or pockets.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 
  9. Sometimes, I allow jealousy to become significant in my relationships.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 
  10. I get very angry when someone flirts with my girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse.
    (a) All the time 
    (b) Occasionally 
    (c) Never 

Scoring: Count all your A answers as 2 and B answers as 1. Add all the items for a total score in a range from 0 to 20, and compare it to the following interpretation: 

12 – 20: Likely your jealousy is interfering with your quality of life. 
8 – 11: Your jealousy has a significant force in your life that you need to learn to manage. 
4 – 7: Your jealousy is likely well managed, and you can thrive in your quality of life. 
0 – 3: You have little jealously that would cause problems in relationships. 


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