What is emotional cheating?
Definition. An emotional affair can be defined as: “A relationship between a person and someone other than (their) spouse that affects the level of intimacy, emotional distance and overall dynamic balance in the marriage. The role of an affair is to create emotional distance in the marriage.”
Is emotional cheating considered cheating?
While there are those who believe that an emotional affair is harmless, most marriage experts view an emotional affair as cheating without having a sexual relationship. Emotional affairs are often gateway affairs leading to full-blown sexual infidelity.
Is flirting a form of cheating?
If you are getting some emotional needs met by this other person, you may be cheating. Playful bantering or gentle flirting with someone outside of your marriage is harmless if proper boundaries remain intact, according to psychologist Michael Brickey, author of “Defying Aging,” and many other relationship experts.