It isn't strange to find that wives and girlfriends sometimes play detective when they suspect their men are cheating on them. Are you the type of girl to pry into your significant other's life by way of snooping and spying? Before you even think of playing Nancy Drew, you should consider how this could affect your relationship.   

According to Malyn Cristobal, family therapist and founder of the Living Free Foundation, women who play detective with their men are just hurting themselves. “Doing so is triggered by trust issues, but it also signifies fear—the need to be in control because of being too scared that there is something happening that she doesn’t know [about],” she says. “Trying to control people (i.e., your man’s activities or whereabouts) really stems from a lot of fear.”

Could your fear and jealousy be putting your relationship at risk? Avoid falling into this trap and giving in to the urge to invade your man's privacy. Female Network gives you five things you need to do before acting on your suspicions.

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(First published as "John Lloyd rebuffs rumors that Shaina tracks him with a GPS + 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Play Detective With Your Man" on Female Network)

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