When you think of someone having an affair you automatically picture someone sneaking around with a lover. This is not always the case however. There is such a thing as an emotional affair. This is when someone does not have a physical relationship with another person but they do connect with them and become involved with them through different emotions.
There are times when you are in a committed relationship and have feelings for someone but it is just a fleeting moment and nothing becomes of it. Then there are times when real feelings are developed and every motion is taken to ensure their partner doesn’t find out.
When you find that you are developing real feelings for someone you may be well on your way to having an emotional affair. Here are three warning signs that your emotions may turn into something more:
1. You are hiding the other person from your partner: If you do not want your significant other to find out that you are talking to this person or spending time with them, you just may be having an emotional affair. If it can’t be said around your partner, it probably shouldn’t be said at all.
2. You go out looking for something else: If you feel that there is a void in the emotional part of your relationship and go seeking someone else to fill that void, you are on your way to an affair. Talk to your partner about how you are feeling instead of seeking someone else out.
3. You think you are cheating: If you have the feeling that you are cheating on your partner, you probably shouldn’t be doing what you are doing. Take a step back and look at why you are talking to this other person and what made you develop feelings for them. Address your concerns either with a relationship counselor or your partner.
It is also important to remember that most full out cheating that involves physical contact actually started with an emotional affair.