Emotional cheating is still cheating: The 5 worst types of emotional infidelity

In the world of today, cheating has been redefined and it includes not just a physical affair but also an emotional affair.

It may begin as a purely platonic friendly feeling towards another person and veer off onto an improper path. Such affairs have become increasingly common. According to statistics, about 45 percent of men and 35 percent of women have admitted having some kind of emotional affair.

It isn’t always easy to define emotional cheating.

Hence we have made a list of 5 facts that could be a sign of emotional infidelity.

1. Fantasizing about another

It’s not unnatural to fantasize about people you find attractive, no matter if you’re in a committed relationship or not. However, uncontrollable daydreams about your colleague put you into adulterous territory when they lead to dishonest behavior.

Strictly speaking, if your fantasies about the said colleague (or someone else) start becoming part and parcel of your everyday thoughts, it can be a problem.

2. You’re getting too close to your opposite-sex friend

Some things are just made for two. A relationship is just like a bicycle – by adding a third wheel you’ll just throw off the balance. And the situation can deteriorate when that third-wheel is a romantic partner’s opposite-sex friend.

Of course, everything might be ok but if your instincts are telling you there may be an attraction between your significant other and their “friend,” then it would be better to address the issue head-on.

Keep in mind that attraction is not a choice, but cheating definitely is. Affairs don’t just magically happen, and only you can choose to stop them or go down the slippery slope.

So, if you find yourself trapped in the world of such an affair, you’ll have only yourself to blame for how far you let it go.

3. You flirt both offline and offline

Online relationships with numerous people at once are much less difficult to sustain than a single real-life relationship. Hence, virtual affairs may possibly co-exist with the real thing, and it is happening because the web is an easy place for emotional involvement between strangers.

In more than one way, the internet gives way to the same type of relationship-building opportunities we have in real life.

And while this may all be true, anonymous online flirting (as well as offline) still falls under the category of an affair.

The good news, however, is that you can also use social media and messengers to strengthen the existing relationship with your partner while reducing emotional distance.

Healthy web use between partners can build bridges instead of barriers as well as facilitate online socializing for a couple. It can be a positive option for supplementary communication.

4. Spending in secret

Yes, you read it right, hiding your spending habits from your significant other can be considered a form of infidelity. Normally, this classification can arise when this kind of finance spending affects both parties involved as one person insists on concealing their expenditures for personal or professional reasons.

This, of course, can cause major problems as it is undeniably unfair to conceal such activities from your partner.

5. You complain about your partner to others

It is, of course, normal to talk about your relationship with your family and friends. But what is not right is constantly complaining about your other half on a daily basis.

You may think that you complain to try to fix issues in your relationship, but in fact, you haven’t truly worked together to address and repair what appears to be broken.

In addition, you add fuel to the fire by creating an even wider space between you two.

This kind of approach can be a crushing blow to the other person when they realize you’ve been secretly upset and bitter about them.

Think about it; How would you feel if you heard your partner talking about your behavior and habits with his or her friends behind your back? Would you not feel betrayed?

If you would like to break free from the negative and toxic parts of your relationship, avoid brooding anger over something your partner doesn’t know they’re doing.

Do you believe there are other ways a person can emotionally cheat other than the ones mentioned above?

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