Is emotional infidelity cheating?

Let’s get to the heart of the matter – is emotional infidelity considered cheating? Short answer: yes. Long answer: buckle up, because we’re about to take you on a ride through human emotions and relationships.

Defining Emotional Infidelity

Before we dive into whether or not emotional infidelity is cheating, let’s first define what it means. Emotional infidelity can be described as sharing intimate thoughts, feelings and experiences with someone outside of your current relationship. We’re talking late-night phone calls, confessions of wanting to run away from your partner and even just harmless flirting.

The Thin Line Between Love and Friendship

Many would argue that having close friendships while in a committed relationship is perfectly fine – after all, you need support systems outside of romantic love interests. But when does that cross over into infidelity territory? When do shared intimacies become inappropriate?

It’s important to remember that everyone has different boundaries when it comes to their relationships. Some may feel comfortable with their partner maintaining very close opposite-sex friendships whereas others might have zero tolerance for any form of intimacy beyond their own partnership.

So where do we draw the line? Well…that depends on each individual couple’s agreement (or lack thereof) regarding what behaviors constitute betrayal or unfaithfulness and how well those agreements were actually communicated at the beginning so there are no gray areas left open for interpretation later down the road.

Flirting vs Attraction

Another point worth mentioning here is distinguishing between flirting and attraction – flirting being light-hearted banter meant solely for entertainment purposes versus active attempts at gaining something more from another person such as reciprocated interest or physical acts/intimacy.

Most people who find themselves in tricky situations regarding emotional infidelities often claim they “never intended” anything beyond friendship but continued behavior seems like it was heading towards deeper attachment/commitment without realizing until it was too late.

Intentions Matter

Here’s the tricky piece about emotional infidelity – it’s all about intentions. What feels like innocent conversations with a new friend or colleague can easily turn into something more if either party is seeking that type of connection.

So while on paper or socially, having someone outside your primary romantic relationship to confide in about your personal life can seem harmless but take away some physical boundaries and you may just find yourself crossing over that line unintentionally.

Emotional Incest?

Yup, we’re going there. Emotional incest refers to a type of boundary-crossing where a parent assumes their child’s role as an emotional partner which skews healthy familial dynamics commonly leading towards unhealthy long-term relationships between parties resulting in lack of autonomy and even severe separation anxiety once both catch up to reality later down the road (assuming they do).

That said, friendship also lies within this category – friendships out-measure love/intimacy because fulfillment of human socialization/culture happens way before one would romantically settle for another person as their SO (/significant other for those who need clarification).

Excessive demand on any form of relationship takes away from its natural progression/development hence why clinging onto friends/partners despite insecurities stemming from missing sense-of-self isn’t always helpful despite what Hollywood rom-coms tell us – So go learn how to surf/bake/new language & not be afraid trying things without others approval/guidance sometimes!

Misunderstandings Happen

We know communication is key when it comes to any sort of intimacy exchange but misunderstandings do happen.What is considered emotionally cheating varies depending on individual perspective along with influence by past trauma/experiences making red flags uncertain while certain green lights inviting-at times causing harm/conflict natively. The truth here: There are no clearly defined yes/no rules bracketed against ‘emotional cheating’.

To save heartache/stress stemming from misunderstandings, we need to be communicate clearly with our partners and lay down concrete boundaries as to what is acceptable in the relationship when it comes intimacy outside of couple’s privacy.

What Should You Do if You Think You’ve Crossed the Line?

If you find yourself stepping over that line into emotional infidelity, there are steps you can take. The first being having an honest conversation with yourself – ask why this external person may fulfill something lacking internally within yourself or your current partnership.

Next up: APOLOGIZE and offer reassurance to your partner because hurt exists regardless of intention behind acts done. This wouldn’t necessarily mend things but would help address room for understanding/helping each other move forward & indicates underlying signification regarding the relationship underneath all actions taken including intentional/unintended romantic interests set on another party/persons (note: physical cheating needs no explanation&not being covered here)

Lastly, unless previous agreed appearance/benefit/professional mingling carry through; Cut ties..completely despite possible value gained emotionally/intellectually from them previously>/successfully maintain new strictly-platonic dynamics that don’t lead towards same pitfalls/issues faced before at any other cost

Final Thoughts

The answer remains yes – emotional infidelity is considered cheating for a reason- It undermines trust (elementary component needed in any valued human interaction), existence/evaluation of preexisting/-thought out/clearly conveyed boundaries agreements/mutual understandings between partners already established during onset stages which makes handling/allowing certain aspects easier moving forward thus exhibiting more devotion/respect than ever thought prior.From social sciences standpoint asking necessary questions/open conversations even if uncomfortable could go a long way(to avoid crossing aforementioned line)!’Knowledge dispelling fear’ afterallnehence setting aside the unpleasant difficutl conversations reign supreme & crucial maintaining healthy relationships appealing more so in long-term!

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