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Emotional Affairs 101

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What You Need to Know About Emotional Affairs
Photo © Larry Stritof
Photo © Larry Stritof
An emotional affair generally starts innocently enough as a friendship.

Here's information about what an emotional affair is, how an emotional affair differs from a platonic friendship, warning signs of an emotional affair, how to protect yourself from an emotional affair, a quiz, poll, and more.

Through investing emotional energy and time with one another outside the marriage relationship, the former platonic friendship can begin to form a strong emotional bond which hurts the intimacy of the marriage relationship.

While there are those who believe that an emotional affair is harmless, most marriage experts view an emotional affair as cheating without having a sexual relationship.

Emotional affairs are often gateway affairs leading to full blown sexual infidelity.

"About half of such emotional involvements do eventually turn into full-blown affairs, sex and all."
Source: MSNBC

For some individuals, the most hurtful and painful consequences of an emotional affair is the sense of being deceived, betrayed, and lied to.

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