By Laura Snyder
At least once in your dating and relating life, you'll have your woman turn on you, eyes flashing with anger, uttering that seemingly innocent phrase, "Who was that you were talking to?"
How do you respond? Laugh it off? Tell her she's being crazy? Here are some quick ways to diffuse her demonic envy.
Widen Your Audience
Picking up an interested vibe from the girl you (innocently!) chatted up? Invite more people into the conversation. Things won't look so cozy when your girlfriend spies you across the room and -- bonus! -- you'll look like the life of the party.
Establish Your Bond
Your woman's jealousy is fed by her insecurity. Show her she's got nothing to fear by confirming your bond -- put an arm around her waist, kiss her cheek or just take her hand while you're regaling that other girl with your charm. And don't forget to introduce her as your girlfriend. She'll be much more comfortable when she's established as your partner.
Share a Secret
When you're the life of the party, your partner feels left out. Make her feel included by tossing an inside joke into your conversation. That the two of you have secrets reassures her -- and implies to those hotties she's so threatened by -- that you've got something special.
Address Her Concern ...
Even if she's being irrational, it's better to avoid a scene. You can ignore her and risk looking callous or you can ignore the other women in the room and risk looking antisocial (and totally whipped by your woman). If you're not doing anything wrong, you've got nothing to hide, right? Show her respect by being up front with your actions.
... But Don't Support Her Suspicion
You teach people how to treat you. Your insecure sweetie gets a little control fix every time you rush to reassure her. So don't feed her green-eyed monster. If, for example, she's calling 10 times a day to check in, answer her once with the information she needs, then turn off the phone.