Emotional Affair? What To Do If You Suspect Your Spouse or Partner is Having One

If you suspect your spouse of having an emotional affair, it can hurt as bad as cheating. Although your spouse may not be having sex with someone, he or she is sharing intimate moments with someone else that could be spent with you. In this article, you will learn how to sort out your feelings and what to say to your spouse.

How to Survive Cheating
If you've ever been suspicious enough to check your spouse's cell phone or text messages, Facebook account or mails, you may be worried that your spouse is having an emotional affair. Of course when your suspicions get raised, you want to do a reality check, but after you do, you may be saddled with other difficult feelings like guilt, sadness, defensiveness and anger. You will feeling the first feeling if you look but do not find evidence and the last three feelings if you do.

Before we talk about what to do if you've found evidence of an emotional affair, let's talk about the complex feelings that we just listed.

  • If you respect boundaries, then snooping around in your spouse's cell phone and accounts will likely give rise to guilt. Any good marriage is built on trust and snooping is a violation of that trust, however justified.
  • Sadness - although anger is usually the first reaction to finding evidence, some people will feel the deeper emotion and be sad that their partner is sharing emotionally intimate moments with someone else.
  • Defensiveness and Anger - when you discover that your partner has betrayed you, it is natural to want to protect yourself. Anger is one way that we stand up to injustice.

What to Do About an Emotional Affair

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If your reality check does uncover that your spouse has crossed the border of being "just friends" with someone of the opposite sex, then you need to talk about it. If you allow it to continue, then your resentment over this emotional cheating will build until it becomes almost impossible to save your marriage.

Before you confront your spouse, it's important to understand that the tact that you want to take is that the emotional affair takes away from the sense of intimacy in your marriage. Your partner is the person that you are supposed to share your thoughts and dreams with and by sharing them with someone outside the marriage, he or she is taking away from some of the most beautiful moments that you can enjoy together.

After all, marriage is about emotional connection as well as physical intimacy. And of course, an emotional affair can eventually lead to sex.

This is a sticky area though and most couples are unsure of what constitutes emotional cheating. The question is where do you draw the line? The two paragraphs above offer some important guidelines.

Understand that when you first bring up the subject, your spouse is likely to be defensive and claim that the other person is just a friend. This is when you need to calmly explain that you feel that the relationship is diluting your emotional connection and that you want to work with your spouse to help him or her meet those needs inside your marriage.

Learning how to rebuild the trust in your marriage after an emotional affair is essential and may require outside help. While many couples go into therapy or get help from a relationship coach, one of the other resources I recommend for those who don't have the money or time for a long term therapeutic process is Saving Your Marriage Today which teaches you how to rebuild communication and trust in your marriage, so the connection, intimacy and trust which rightfully belongs within your marriage is yours to enjoy.

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~ Laura Ramirez

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