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How to end an emotional affair


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Look out for the signs.

An emotional affair is not a sexual affair, but it has the same cues as an extramarital affair or infidelity.


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  • A feeling of guilt – this maybe due to the time you spend away from your partner/spouse, the time you spend with each other, the intimate details you share, etc.
  • Vulnerability – you’ve shared too much, so much so that the other might reveal sensitive information if your partner finds out. Or you feel vulnerable because you feel like you are not fulfilling the expectations that you feel you should be fulfilling, such as being the perfect spouse/parent, etc. and the affection and caring of the other person are a way to escape the worry of not being up to the task.
  • Feeling threatened – you feel threatened or your relationship is threatened by the direction of your relationship.
  • Be dishonest – you are not being honest with your partner about your schedule and who you spend your free time with. You even changed the gender of the “friend” you spend so much time with on the phone, online, at work, or at social events, in order to mislead your partner. If it is an emotional affair online, you might be pretending that you are playing a game on your phone, emailing close friends, visiting a social media site, or some other act.

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