"The new infidelity is between people who unwittingly form deep, passionate connections before realizing that they've crossed the line from platonic friendship into romantic love. Infidelity is any emotional or sexual intimacy that violates trust”, says Shirley Glass, the author of ‘Not Just Friends’. It is quite natural for human beings to be attracted towards person of opposite sex, at any point of time. But if he/she allows this admiration to go beyond the limit of friendship, he/she is sure to land in trouble. Emotional affair can do significant harm to one’s married life, going to the extent of future separation. Have you started feeling irresistible attraction towards your friend and fear that you have got involved in some sort of emotional affair with him/her? We bring you the warning signs of emotional affair in the lines below, which can make you alert at the right time and make you come back to your happily married life.
Warning Signs Of Emotional Affair
- You are gradually keeping distance from your spouse. A sort of wall seems to have been building between you and your partner.
- You wish to spend as much less time with your spouse as possible.
- You find yourself withdrawn from your spouse, both emotionally and sexually.
- You look for occasions to meet your friend regularly. You begin to have daydreams about your friend more and more.
- You feel more comfortable in sharing personal and intimate thoughts as well as problems with your friend, rather than your spouse. You justify this by saying that your friend understands you much better than your spouse.
- You do not want to disclose this close friendship to your spouse. If ever, you are seen together, you are ready with the answer, “We are friends and nothing more”.
- You change your daily routine so as to spend maximum time with your friend.
- You compare your friend with your spouse and at every single occasion, you feel let down that your partner does not behave like your friend.
- You call or chat with your friend secretly and find immense pleasure in doing this.
- You think about your friend even when you are with your spouse. You seem to look out for the next time you will be able to see him/her.
- You find pleasure in giving your friend personal gifts, whether there is any special occasion or not.
- You imagine a sexual relation with your friend. Though you always restrain these thoughts, somewhere deep within you, the wish persists. You wonder how it would feel kissing or touching your friend.
- You speak to him/her all about your personal relation with your spouse. You even discuss the incompatibility with your partner.
- You feel jealous when your friend goes on a date with someone else. Inwardly, you begin wishing that your friend does not find love in the date and comes back to you, saying that you are the best person for him/her.