And this power to control you *that you willingly give away each time you give in to his possessive habits* makes him assume that he’s the final authority in the relationship.
And each time you break free or do something he doesn’t approve of, it makes him feel more jealous and insecure because he believes he’s losing his grip and power over you.
Jealousy, though a natural emotion, is not a sign of flattery or love -- it is a problem.
Telling a dating partner that they get "crazy jealous" is a warning sign of dating abuse and should be heard loud and clear.
But the truth is, love has very little to do with most people’s possessive nature.
More often than not, it’s a guy’s insecurity that makes him jealous and possessive.
How can you tell if he’s being loving or controlling, when you just can’t see the difference?
[Read: 10 ways to handle a jealous boyfriend and make him not-so-jealous] Jealousy and possessiveness go hand in hand When your boyfriend gets jealous, he’d feel insecure.But there’s a thin line between displaying possessiveness as a sign of love, and displaying possessiveness as a sign of control and dominance.[Read: The nine stages of love all couples go through in a relationship] Are you dating a jealous and possessive boyfriend?A recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that within a year, 21 percent of high school girls and 10 percent of high school boys were physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated.We often hear about the harmful impacts of physical or sexual abuse in a relationship, but it is less often that we hear about emotional or verbally abusive behaviors used to manipulate and control a dating partner.