ARE YOU HAVING AN EMOTIONAL AFFAIR?
Clinical psychotherapist Ronald T Potter-Efron co-authored The Emotional Affair: How To Recognise Emotional Infidelity and What To Do About It. If you want to examine whether your own behaviour falls into the definition of emotional infidelity, he suggests asking yourself if you agree with the following:
- I would prefer having lunch/dinner with someone other than my partner.
- Sometimes it feels as though my friend can read my mind.
- My friend meets emotional needs my partner doesn't.
- I feel empty, lonely and desperate when I cannot contact my friend.
If you agree with the above, then you must ask, 'Is this friendship adding to and complementing my relationship, or is it taking away from it?'