Category: WEIRD SHIT

Little Things That Make Her Jealous


You’re out with your girlfriend, and everything is going smoothly. Suddenly, your phone vibrates. It’s a text! From another woman. Never mind that the “other woman” is your female colleague or your childhood friend, both of whom you enjoy completely platonic relationships with. If you jump on the text too quickly (or maybe at all), your girlfriend suddenly grows huffy and annoyed, and she’s no longer in the mood to do anything fun.
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I’m chatting with my friend Patrick, and he’s telling me about a girl he recently went to dinner with. He says she’s hot, and that she’s been texting him a lot—but what should he text back?

I ask him about the content of her texts: Are they flirty? Does she want to see him again? Do they involve sexy selfies?


“Not really,” he replies. “She says she’s bored.”
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Thoughtful gestures—as long as your heart’s in the right place—will win you points, right?

Sorry, wrong. In fact, many of the nice things you do for your girlfriend may actually be driving her crazy: Buying her jewelry that’s not her style, surprising her with romance at inopportune times, trying to fix her problems (rather than just listening to them), for example. What sweet, point-winning moves are you making that she secretly hates?

It’s not quite as tricky as it sounds, says psychologist Alicia Clark, PsyD. “The problem mainly happens when a gesture isn’t fully considered in terms of how a partner will feel,” Clark says. “Thinking of how she’ll feel about something is always a safe move to make sure your thoughtful gestures are received in the way you intended.”

Okay, consider her feelings and you’ll probably do fine—but here are some moves to avoid anyway.

1. Buying her jewelry
I love jewelry—most women do. So why am I almost always disappointed when a guy presents me with something sparkly? “Guys make the mistake of thinking that the broad category of ‘jewelry’ is enough,” says relationship expert Tracy Thomas, Ph.D. “It’s not.” Women are very particular about jewelry, she says, and if you’re not paying attention to what she actually likes and wears, your thoughtful gift comes across as a lack of interest.
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