Do guys try to make a girl jealous?

Jealousy plays an interesting role in relationships and while it can be destructive sometimes, a little can be healthy and even fun. As women, you have a lot of things you do that

Do guys try to make a girl jealous?

Jealousy plays an interesting role in relationships and while it can be destructive sometimes, a little can be healthy and even fun. As women, you have a lot of things you do that make men jealous even if you dont realize it. Of course, guys are guilty of this too. Here are a few tactics we sometimes use when we want to wind you ladies up on purpose.

We casually mention our ex. If were upset about something and want to make you jealous, we may find a way to subtly mention our ex-girlfriend. Usually it will involve something they did that you wont do or a quality they had that you dont possess. We may also mention speaking to our ex even if it was totally harmless. Most of the time, we dont mean anything by doing this, we just want to see if you get jealous and riled up at the mention of our previous girlfriend. Ive even heard of some guys going so far as to make up an ex just to arouse some jealousy in their girlfriends.

We purposely wait to respond to texts. Im sure you ladies do this too! Guys sometimes choose not to respond to texts right away to make their partners jealous. As you may know, this is a great way to make someone go a little crazy while also having plausible deniability. Whos to say that we didnt have a long meeting or were driving through a tunnel when we got the text? Obviously, this is a really petty move that really shouldnt happen at all but it does.

We text someone in the middle of a date. For the record, some guys are rude enough to do this on dates without even realizing it. For the rest of us, were simply trying to make you squirm a little bit. We know that if we do this, youll probably get a little mad because were not paying attention to you. Its also a fun way to see if youre crass enough to ask who were texting. In established relationships, this isnt a big deal, but guys will use this early on to make their date think that they are more desirable.

We go crazy over our favorite celebrity. If women are at all insecure, we know gushing over our favorite actress or model will make them jealous. Obviously, its a little mean to do this, but again, you ladies sometimes do the same thing sometimes, so its not so bad.

We share a lingering hug with a female friend. Admittedly, this can be a bit of a dirty move. If we have close female friends, its not out of the ordinary to hug them on certain occasions. Of course, we know that if we let the hug linger a little too long while youre watching, youre bound to get jealous. In our minds, its a great move because its easy to deny that we did anything wrong. It was just a couple seconds, whats the big deal? is an easy excuse to use. Plus, we know if you make a big deal out of it, youll just come off looking crazy and jealous. As I said, its a dirty trick.

We follow random girls on social media. For the record, if a guy does this, hes probably too immature to be in a serious relationship. Its one thing to follow friends or co-workers, but following random trashy girls on Instagram is just a move to make you jealous, especially when we know that youll see that we liked a picture of a scantily-clad stranger. Some guys will even post pictures of themselves with random women whose names they dont recall just to make their partner jealous.

We tell you how much we enjoyed doing something without you. It may not seem like it, but we know if we talk about how much fun we had spending the day without you, we usually know what were doing. If we go out with our guy friends or have a great time at a party that you couldnt make, we know making a big deal about it will make you jealous, especially if there were other women around.

We compliment other women. Okay, so this isnt particularly sneaky or subtle. However, we know that giving other girls compliments, even if its just one of our female friends will make you jealous. Lets be honest, a guy would have to be incredibly dumb to think its cool to give another woman a thoughtful compliment in front of his girlfriend. If a guy does this, odds are hes trying to make you jealous.

We pretend to work late. This isnt super clever, but saying we have to work late when we dont have to is a good way to seem unavailable and make you ladies at least a little jealous. To be fair, people do have to work late sometimes, but even if we didnt, its bound to get you riled up a little so thats a win-win from our perspective.

To be clear, any guy who purposely gaslights you and goes to extremes to upset you is NOT relationship material and isnt worth dating. The behaviors Im mentioning here are very immature in places but theyre also pretty innocuous and not meant to do any lasting damage.

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