Could you be cheating on your boyfriend and not even know it? Of course, if you made out with another dude behind your boyfriend’s back you’d know that. But you may be cheating and not realizing it if it’s emotional cheating. And emotional cheating is more common than you may think–and you may be doing it without even realizing it. Here’s how to tell if you’re having an emotional affair . . . and whether it may lead to all-out physically cheating on your boyfriend!
Do You Confide In Other Guys About Your Relationship?Venting to your best guy friend once in a while isn't necessarily bad. But are you venting to other guys in hopes one of them will seize the opportunity to treat you better? If so, you need to examine exactly you're not getting from your current relationship--and you need to let your guy know what it is you want. He's not a mind reader, and leading someone else on ultimately won't make anyone feel better. Source: ShutterStock
Do You Act Like You're Single?A big sign of emotional cheating is conveniently forgetting you have a boyfriend and acting available. The less you talk about your significant other, the more available people will think you are--so if you keep the world in the dark about him, they may assume you're single . . . And it may be because you subconsciously wish that you were! Source: ShutterStock
Do You Think About Other Guys When You're With Your Guy?It's normal to have fleeting crushes or check guys out, even when you have a boyfriend. You're human! But if you find yourself constantly thinking of one other dude in particular, even when you're with your boyfriend, you may be having an emotional affair with the guy--especially if he's the same one you vent to. Source: ShutterStock
Do You Talk About Sex With Other Dudes?It's normal to talk about your sex life with your BFFs, but are you giving intimate details to someone you could actually see yourself with? You may be planting seeds that the other guy wants to water . . . and you may well want to entice him into making a move. Source: ShutterStock
Do You Feel The Need To Hide Your Phone Or FB From Your Guy?First things first: If either one of you feels the need to look through the other's phone, your relationship is probably no good to begin with. But if you're tempted to deliberately go out of your way to hide your texts because they're getting either too revealing or too intimate with another guy, that's not a good sign--especially if you're lying about it. And chances are if you're hiding an emotional affair from your dude, he may actually assume you're having a physical relationship behind his back too. Yikes! Source: ShutterStock
Do You Lie Or Have Double Standards About Your Relationship Rules?Do you have rules that, at least in your own mind, certain things are okay for you but not for him? (For example, texting someone of the opposite sex goodnight or good morning, going out with them solo.) If so, that's a big sign of emotional cheating: If whatever you're doing would make you upset if your partner did it to you, chances are that classifies as at least an emotional affair. And if you're lying about anything you're up to? That's a huge red flag, whether it's for your own emotional affair or the fact that your partner is way too controlling--neither of which are good situations. Source: ShutterStock
Have you ever been accused of emotional cheating? Have you ever been with a guy who had an emotional affair behind your back? Have you ever had an emotional affair that led to all-out cheating? How did you deal? Tell us in the comments!