James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Jealousy

The ringing of the phone wakes you up. You turn to see why your wife hasn't picked it up, and you see that her side of the bed is empty. You pick up the phone. A man asks for someone you don't know. Wrong number, you tell him, and you hang up. But his voice sounded familiar. Your wife should have been home by now. You call her unit, and they say she left a few hours ago.

Suddenly the door opens. You hear her moving around in the kitchen before she comes to the bedroom. You ask her where she's been, and she says that she was buying groceries for the week. She didn't call because she didn't want to wake you. "Well," you tell her, "you should have told your boyfriend not to call, either." She looks at you blankly. She's not going to indulge you on that subject. She undresses and heads for the shower. You pick up her uniform from the floor and sniff it for traces of aftershave.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Jealousy
  • How to Cope with Jealousy

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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