Are You or Your Partner Having an Emotional Affair?

Know the signs before it progresses

There’s no simple, one-size-fits-all definition of what constitutes an emotional affair. It’s based on the boundaries of both of the people in the relationship, and what one person considers innocent flirting can be construed as emotional cheating by the other.

While I think it’s normal to get the occasional mini-crush on someone even though you are in a committed relationship, pursuing and pushing your feelings could easily lead to an actual physical affair. An emotional affair involves secrecy, deception, and dishonesty, and thus is a betrayal. Even someone who exclaims that they “haven’t even done anything” has done something: They breached the trust of their partner.

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