Generally, when we talk to cheating it is thought to be having an affair, one night stand, and virtual sex. But it is not always necessary that cheating has to be an affair or sexual relationship. Many times cheating is about breaking trust and cheating a person emotionally.
Emotional cheating means when your partner has secretive closeness with someone else. With whom your partner shares everything other than sexual intimacy. This bond with other person is so special that it weakens bond with primary partner. In emotional cheating it is not at all necessary that your partner has a romantic relationship with someone. In most cases of emotional cheating people only have a non-romantic bond with other person. This other person or someone can be a friend, colleague, teammate, boss, teacher anyone.
Emotional cheating looks healthy from outside and this makes it difficult to identify. Even it is difficult to question or confront your partner in case of emotional cheating. Because a partner justifies by saying “There is nothing wrong and talking to a close friend”, “I can’t even share my feelings with my friends”, “We are close friends, please”, “my friend is only supporting me”, “You don’t have time to listen to me” etc.
These statements are able to justify emotional cheating very well. In fact, these statements are sufficient enough to bring feeling of guilt in confronting partner. That is why emotional cheating is difficult to be diagnosed.
With increasing virtual connections emotional cheating is also increasing. Because you can connect with any of your friend any time.
If you find these emotional cheating signs relatable then you and your partner should definitely go for professional couple counseling or couple therapy.