Not all infidelity is of the physical kind, but it can often begin with an emotional affair. It seems safe enough — your partner may have friends of the opposite sex, and it’s all platonic. But sometimes, things get more emotionally intimate, and these types of affairs can be just as damaging as physical ones.

What exactly is an emotional affair?

An emotional affair is usually classified as an affair that hasn’t reached the point of sex. You share a relationship beyond that of friendship, and it’s almost always a secret. Some people might think, “Well, they aren’t having sex, so,” but this type of affair can be just as damaging as an all-out physical affair.

In an emotional affair, you’re not only investing more of your time and emotional energy into a relationship outside of your committed one, but you’re receiving emotional support and companionship. You can start to feel closer to this other person, and many times, sexual tension builds to unbearable levels creating a situation in which you’re likely to sleep with them.

As mentioned earlier, even if there’s no sexual contact, emotional affairs end up damaging due to your partner feeling betrayed and deceived.

Warning Signs of an Emotional Infidelity

Here are a few things to look for if you suspect your partner is in an emotional affair:

  • Your partner becomes defensive when you ask about their friendship.
  • Your partner seems withdrawn or distant during the day, and you spend less time together.
  • Your partner is less interested in being intimate — sexually or emotionally.
  • Your partner spends more time with their friend.

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14th Edition of the Carnival of Online Dating

by Online Dating on October 5, 2011

Carnival of Online Dating

Welcome to the October 5, 2011 edition of the Carnival of Online Dating! This is the fourteenth edition of the blog carnival, and we really appreciate those who have submitted their links for inclusion. Spread the word: The next Carnival of Online Dating will be October 19, 2011, so make sure to get your submissions in by 8:59pm PST/11:59pm EST Tuesday October 18th.

Date Ideas

  • Donna Cullen presents 10 Fun Restaurants to Try on a Date posted at Top Dating Sites, saying, “Dating should be fun. The problem for many couples, whether it’s picking a place to go on your first date or your twelfth, is finding a place that will entertain and engage you. Here is a list of some of best date restaurants across the country.”

Dating Tips & Advice

Personal Anecdotes

Be sure to tune in every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays for more! The next Carnival of Online Dating will be October 19th, 2011, so make sure to get your submissions in by 8:59pm PST/11:59pm EST Tuesday October 18th!

That concludes this edition. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Online Dating Videos

You think the hard part is over — you’re with an amazing person, and you want to share every aspect of your life with them. Introducing them to your friends seems like the next logical step, but it’s harder than you’d imagine. You want to meet their friends, but you’re nervous. Here are a few tips on how to get comfortable around your partner’s friends.

Prep

Have your partner prep you, almost like a celebrity being prepped for an interview. It might seem silly, but getting talking points from your partner will help! Talk to your partner about their friend’s backgrounds and discuss things you all may have in common. Learn what you can so you can relate.

Double Date

If any of your partner’s friends are taken, try going out on a double date. You’ll be able to socialize one-on-one — this will help you feel more comfortable, and you may make a few friends, too. Be sure to have your partner filter out the couples with partners you may not get along with, it could end up being pretty awkward.

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Online Dating: When You Don’t Want to Marry Your Girlfriend

by Hayley Quinn on September 29, 2011

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