You joke, you flirt, you dress nicer when you meet him for lunch or drinks, you write long e-mails or tap out furtive text messages. He's not your husband, and your husband doesn't know about this guy—whether he's your ex-boyfriend from college, your Facebook friend or your coworker.Is this the start of a beautiful (and innocent) friendship, or the beginning of the end of your marriage? Basically, emotional affairs occur when one partner is channeling physical or emotional energy, time and attention into someone other than the person they are in a committed relationship with to the point that their partner feels neglected.The marriage-damaging factor of affairs, it turns out, is far less about sex than it is about the total package of deception.
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Smith in an article for the American Psychological Association, "Are Internet Affairs Different?
" The freedom to fantasize, without the intrusion of reality — as well as the anonymity afforded by the Internet — also can be alluring.
Gary Neuman, author of "Emotional Infidelity: How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage and 10 Other Secrets to a Great Relationship" (Three Rivers Press).
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Finding out your partner's been emotionally canoodling with someone else makes you think, " The big red flag is the secrecy.
Emotional cheating is about breaking trust with your spouse, not having sex with someone else," she adds.
Here, experts explain this phenomenon and dispel other popular cheating myths.
They're largely satisfied with all they have and aren't looking for a way out, yet they still find themselves in bed with other women—and in hot water with their wives.
where two people are getting their needs met outside of their marriage or relationship."Such an affair may involve virtual sex, yes — but not necessarily.