Emotional infidelity begins with becoming “just friends” with someone of the opposite sex who is not your spouse. Treating this person as a confidante and sharing intimate issues with them creates a very strong emotional bond which should be reserved for the spouse. Comparing someone else to the spouse is also a sign of emotional infidelity, as well as withdrawing from normal activities with family and friends and becoming secretive about seeing the other person, exchanging gifts and fantasizing about the other person. Unless emotional infidelity is dealt with in time it most often leads to full blown sexual infidelity.
Emotional infidelity is when a romantic partner has an outside relationship which includes some romantic behavior but not sex. This can be as simple as flirting but it can also mean dating, sharing intimate details about one’s life/past, and becoming emotionally close with someone else. The signs vary depending on the people and situation, but it wouldn’t be unusual for the person who’s being emotionally unfaithful to become distant or even contemptuous of his/her partner, or for them to overcompensate out of guilt or fear, spending money on gifts or finding other ways to “make up for” their infidelity.
If you treat someone else other than your spouse as a personal confidant, and share intimate issues with them that might be a sign. Also, if you complain and discuss about your marriage and spouse's shortcomings, and slowly pull out of activities with your partner because you would rather be with the other person, then this will be troubling too. Perhaps what could be considered the most dangerous sign is that you keep your connection with another person a secret from your spouse, which could trigger conflict.
Some signs to look out for: 1. Your partner does not share about his day-to-day activities anymore 2. Your partner speaks less to you about emotions and feelings. 3. Your partner constantly praises another person. 4. You are not the first contact for any big emotional issue, whether happy or sad. 5. You rarely engage in meaningful talks anymore with your partner.
It is a relationship between a person and someone other than their spouse or partner that has a significant effect on the intimacy, emotional distance and the happy balance in the marriage.Many people think that as long as they are not having a physical ffair, their behaviour is fine. But anything that they are sharing with someone other than their spouse which impoverishes their existing reltionship, is actually infidelity.
Infidelity, regardless of whether it is physical or emotional, is a huge problem in any marriage. In fact, emotional infidelity hurts more. If the partner wants to save the marriage, then it is imperative they both go for counseling and seek immediate help. You will be surprised to know that there are several benefits of infidelity counseling