May 1, 2024

Defining the difference between Emotional Cheating and Physical Cheating

Definition of Emotional Cheating?

Emotional cheating, involves forming a deep, non-physical connection outside your relationship, which can be as damaging as physical affairs. This guide clarifies emotional cheating, its differences from physical flings, signs to watch for, and its impact on relationships.

Signs Of An Emotional Affair

An emotional affair starts with sharing personal information, which deepens over time. Signs include consistently seeking comfort from the third party instead of your partner, oversharing about your relationship, making comparisons, defending the secondary relationship, and being secretive about it. If this bond reduces your emotional or physical intimacy with your partner or lessens your desire to spend time together, it might be an emotional affair. Sexual attraction can be a clue but isn’t necessary. Ultimately, if either partner feels that an outside bond is undermining the primary relationship, it likely is an emotional affair.

Top Six signs to watch for:

  • hiding cellular phone and emails from your spouse
  • withholding time and energy from your partner and giving it to someone else
  • comparing your partner to the other person
  • trying to exit your marriage or relationship
  • prioritizing someone else’s needs
  • developing or expressing feeling to someone other than your significant other
  • changes in behaviour
  • defensive attitude
  • hygiene and looks have changed

Some argue that an emotional affair is harmless, seeing it as a casual relationship rather than traditional cheating. However, the intimate communication and emotional investment involved place it on par with, or even above, traditional cheating. While friendships outside a marriage are healthy and normal, an emotional affair threatens the bond between partners, causing disconnection. An inappropriate emotional connection can be as damaging as a physical affair, often serving as a gateway to other infidelities and leading to divorce or breakup just as frequently.Physical Affairs

The primary difference between a physical affair and an emotional affair is physical contact; physical cheating involves face-to-face meetings and sexual acts.

Reasons Why Physical Affairs Start

People cheat and get involved with someone other than their spouse for various reasons:

• unmet emotional needs
• feeling undervalued or disconnected in their relationship
• seeking validation and intimacy elsewhere

Other common factors include:

• a desire for excitement or novelty
• dissatisfaction with their current relationship
• lack of communication
• unresolved personal issues

Sometimes, opportunistic situations or emotional vulnerabilities play a role. Additionally, some individuals cheat due to underlying commitment issues or a need for affirmation. Ultimately, cheating often reflects deeper problems within the relationship or the individual’s emotional state.

The Consequences

In short, either one could lead to a Separation or Divorce.

If you suspect Emotional or Physical Cheating in your relationship and need clarification or evidence, call Premiere and speak to our Team of Female Investigators 657-362-4345.