Although emotional cheating can be an extremely controversial subject, the term can broadly be defined as emotional unfaithfulness. When you start to share intimate thoughts and feelings with someone who isn’t your spouse or partner, then you begin to walk the fine line between friendship and an emotional affair. And that’s precisely the point where things become controversial.

Emotional cheatingEmotional cheating doesn’t involve physical intimacy or intercourse, so it can be much harder to define than a sexual affair. When your spouse or partner has sex with someone outside of your relationship, then the situation is pretty cut and dry. Either they had sex or they didn’t. But with an emotional affair, it can be much more difficult to draw that line and determine where “friendship” ends and an “emotional affair” begins.

Is having lunch with an opposite sex co-worker off limits? Is listening to a friend and discussing intimate details of their personal life and relationships considered cheating? Does calling or texting a co-worker outside of work violate the relationship and cross the line? These are difficult questions with difficult answers. Read the rest of this entry