Emotional Cheating

I think a lot of people have different definitions of cheating. Some draw the line at provocative dancing while others only think a full fledged affair constitutes cheating. Some people think different types of cheating are worse than others like if it only happened once or if it was only when drunk and under the influence.

The offense seems to be worse when there’s more emotion involved. When it was with a clear mind and happened multiple times with the same person. So why is it that emotional cheating seems to get overlooked sometimes?

There’s this delusional belief that if you never meet up in person then you never cheat. Or if it’s not nudes, if it’s not sexual in nature, then it’s not cheating. These things can start innocent enough, just someone in need of a support system. Maybe things are hard with your significant other right now and you just want someone to talk to.

The problem occurs when you stop communicating with your SO. Instead you’re telling all personal issues to this new confidante. You’re no longer only talking to them when you need advice, you’re talking to them when you’re happy, bored, and alone. There’s now a daily connection and although you don’t think you’ve done anything wrong, there’s something stopping you from telling your SO about it.

Would it bother you if your SO didn’t tell you things anymore? Would it bother you if you didn’t know who your SO’s emotional support system was? A support system is a type of relationship if you have to keep it on the down low.

3 thoughts on “Emotional Cheating”

  1. I think the worst part about emotional cheating is that the person has made a choice to detach and to make another connection while pretending to still have feelings.

  2. Is it really emotional cheating if say you’re a guy and you’re sharing your thoughts with another guy but neither of you are gay. Is it emotional cheating when you share your emotions with strangers on a WordPress blog? Why does it seem that emotional cheating is 1-dimensional at best when it involves members of the opposite gender communicating with another gender? It’s as if we create these paradigms and place each other into a box. I believe it’s healthy to share emotions and the inability to share is only cheating yourself.

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