How to Deal With a Jealous Ex-Boyfriend

Written by rebecca kling
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How to Deal With a Jealous Ex-Boyfriend
Your ex's jealousy is not your fault. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Ending a relationship is always a challenge, regardless of who initiated the break-up. Even when a split is amicable, there are often leftover feelings that make a continuing friendship complicated at the very least. However, when an ex becomes jealous or demanding, it is useful to have techniques to handle their emotions.

Skill level:


    Communicate the Problem

  1. 1

    Call your ex. If this is uncomfortable, write him a letter or ask a friend to speak with him.

  2. 2

    Tell him how his jealousy is impacting you, and how it makes you feel.

  3. 3

    Be honest. Make sure he knows you are not interested in getting back together, and need him to cool down if he wants to even be able to maintain a friendship.

  4. 4

    If you and your ex have mutual friends, ask those friends to speak with him about his behaviour.

    Cut Him Off

  1. 1

    Find ways to distance yourself from your ex, particularly if he continues to express jealousy after you have told him his attitude is a problem.

  2. 2

    Include your friends in this decision. Tell them what you're doing, and why. Ask for their help in maintaining a distance between you and your ex.

  3. 3

    Alter your routines to avoid your ex, if necessary. Walk a different way to school, eat elsewhere and leave no room for doubt about your actions.

Tips and warnings

  • Getting over jealousy takes time. The way your ex is acting today may not be the way he acts tomorrow.

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