Jealous people can be problematic, especially if they allow their jealous feelings to overflow into their behavior toward you.
If you have good things happening for you in life, and/or if you’ve made good choices and have worked hard to get your life to a good place, then you may have at least a few different people around you who are a little bit jealous of what you’ve accomplished.
(Not sure how to spot jealous people in your circle? Check out this post to learn some of the signs.)
If this is the case, first of all, it’s important to understand that this is actually pretty common, though it is also unfortunate.
Secondly, it’s important to know that there are some things that you can do about it.
Here are some tips for how to handle jealous people in your life.
1. Be Kind And Empathetic
Being kind and empathetic can help you to relate to jealous people in a healthier way.
Granted, it’s not necessarily fair for you to have to be the one to take responsibility for relating to people who are jealous of you.
And you don’t have to be okay with such behavior.
However, treating them with kindness, especially at first, and being a bit empathetic to their mindset can help you to not only understand where they’re coming from, but to also shirk the temptation to let them make you upset.
2. Reconsider Spending Time Around Them
If this person has allowed their jealousy to overflow into the way they treat you, then it may be worth it to consider just walking away from them and ceasing to spend as much time in their presence.
This is often the best way to filter negative people out of your life, though it does come with a cost.
Of course, if this person is a close friend, a loved one, or a family member, that may be more difficult.
But sometimes, it’s just unavoidable.
3. Have A Conversation About It
One of the best ways to deal with these types of situations if you don’t want to walk away is to sit down and have a dedicated, intentional discussion about it.
Plainly explain what you’ve seen in their behavior, and how it affects your feelings and emotions.
It’s possible that they haven’t considered that their behavior might affect you.
If they really care about you, then they may listen to what you have to say and apply it to their behavior to try to avoid hurting your feelings in the future.
This would be a best-case scenario.
If they could actually succeed at this, then the relationship may be salvageable.
However, it’s important to understand that they may not know that it’s a problem unless you point it out.
Therefore, it’s always better to be upfront. honest, and straightforward with the people you care about if you want to salvage the relationship, but are tired of being forced to deal with their jealousy issues,