You know that moment, right? Strolling down a deserted street, just you, a guy and his girl. As you saunter closer, you notice the guy clutching her hand tighter or wrapping his arm around her waist. Yes, my friend, you've just caught a glimpse of Subconscious Paranoia in all its glory.
The answer is quite simple and yet so complex: he's marking his territory, but it's not about her - it's all about you.
Let's break it down, shall we?
If a woman is walking beside a man, society instinctively paints them as a couple. So, what instigated that sudden show of affection? It's a little thing called a confidence deficit.
Here's a short play-by-play. You're minding your own business when Mr. Paranoid spots you and instinctively pulls her closer. His mind's spinning tales of you swooping in and stealing his girl, hence, the subconscious paranoia. Clearly, confidence is not his strong suit.
Ironically, he wouldn't do the same if a woman walked by. Intriguing, right?
Have you ever experienced that nagging feeling when your girlfriend dons an outfit you deem "inappropriate," even though it fits just right? You're projecting your past gaze on every man that looks her way.
And what about her? Did she notice anything?
You bet she did!
The moment you grabbed her, you broke her focus. Suddenly, your energy felt weaker, and she could feel the shift. This ignited her curiosity, and her gaze followed yours to the perceived threat. Relationship game over.
Here's some unsolicited advice: stop clutching at her like she's your lifeline! You either need to:
Remember, the balance of a relationship depends on how you nurture it, not on how much you spend on it.