Niomi Panshiko (panshiko) wrote in little_details,
Niomi Panshiko
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what does jealousy feel like?

I find myself writing about a love triangle and I'm having some (a lot) of trouble. Since I have had partners mess around with all kinds without any emotional distress on my part, I'm starting to worry that my upcoming scenes touching on the jealousy theme aren't going to ring true. I just don't want my poor character to come off contrived because of my ignorance. I'd like to read some evocative anecdotes of normal jealousy (not crazy) that aren't prohibitively moralized. (Prohibitively moralized is too jargon-y, says some punk reading over my shoulder. I mean that don't want descriptions with a primary design to sway the reader for or against justifying their or a character's jealous feelings.)

I feel like a total goober asking about this; I know this isn't factual research. Usually I can find all kinds of great things on Google about wide ranges of experience I have little idea about. This one is an issue, I'm only coming up with guides to overcoming unreasonable jealousy or bizarre stories of extreme behavior. Which is interesting, but not giving me much to draw on for my (mostly) emotionally well-adjusted characters that take monogamy a mite more seriously than I can manage.

It's a 'standard fantasy setting'...Collapse )
Tags: ~psychology & psychiatry (misc)
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