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How to Make Someone Jealous

Freud once said that jealousy is both inevitable and universal. So why not work it to your advantage?


  • Step 1: Focus on yourself. Nothing is more attractive (and jealousy-inducing) than being busy, happy, and interested in your own life.
  • Step 2: In the interest of 'full disclosure,' tell your current love interest—in a slightly wistful way—about the incredibly talented and well-toned professional soccer player you used to date.
  • Step 3: Develop some attitude. If you think you’re fabulous, everyone else will too—and your mate will go crazy seeing the response you get.
  • TIP: Always have a smile on your face. No one is jealous of a sourpuss.
  • Step 4: Act unavailable. Don’t answer every phone call or respond to every text message; don’t accept every invitation; be vague about your whereabouts.
  • Step 5: Flirt with someone you know will respond. Everyone likes to think their partner is desirable—even if it makes them feel a little insecure.
  • Step 6: Don’t go too far with any of these steps, lest your innocent acts be taken for crass manipulation. Like any strong spice, jealousy should be used sparingly.
  • FACT: The French word for jealousy is also a type of shutter—a 'jalousie' —because it allows a person to spy on a lover while remaining hidden!

You Will Need

  • An object of your affection
  • A healthy ego
  • And an air of innocence

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