8 Signs Your Partner Is Having An Emotional Affair

Signs Your Partner Is Having An Emotional Affair

“Cheating isn’t always kissing, touching, or flirting. If you gotta delete text messages so your partner won’t see them, you’re already there.”

This one line probably sums up the essence of emotional cheating perfectly. Being emotionally cheated on is without a doubt one of the most horrible and painful things one can experience. What makes it even worse is the fact that you don’t even know for sure whether it’s happening or not, since it’s not as out there as sexual infidelity.

You won’t find any inappropriate texts or someone else’s underwear amongst your partner’s clothes; all you have are a few subtle hints that might point to the fact that your partner is emotionally cheating on you. But sometimes, these subtle signs are enough for you to know for sure whether you are being cheated on or not. Look out for these signs in your partner, that might help bring the truth to light.

8 Signs You’re A Victim Of Emotional Cheating

1. They feel like a stranger to you.

They don’t seem like themselves, and even when you are together, it seems like you are sitting beside a stranger. The conversations that were once effortless seem contrived. Their mannerisms seem different and every time you look at them, you feel as if you don’t know them at all.

And not just this, they also seem very emotionally distant from you and if you try to talk to them about this, they seem to clam up even more. If your partner is emotionally cheating on you, you will feel unwelcome and unwanted whenever you would want to spend time with them. The tenderness, adoration, and love they used to shower on you will feel like things of the past, and it will feel like you never knew them at all.

Related: 6 Warning Signs Of An Emotional Affair

2. They stop treating you as a priority,

Gone are the days when you mattered the most to them and making you happy made them happy. One-night stands and purely physical affairs don’t need a lot of energy and time to maintain, but emotional cheating does. Emotional cheating is a much more complicated form of infidelity and one that is more intimate. Unlike before, if you feel like your partner could care less about your feelings, then chances are they have someone else in their lives to focus on emotionally.

If your partner treats you like an afterthought and makes you feel like you don’t matter, then maybe they are not being fully honest. For instance, if you are out for dinner together and your partner is mostly focused on his phone and not you, then that’s a red flag. Whenever you want to spend time with them, they make all sorts of excuses about how they’re busy, but somehow always find the time to be with their ‘friends’.

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8 Signs Your Partner Is Having An Emotional Affair

3. They are overly protective of their phone.

“If a man, who says he loves you, won’t tell you the details of a private conversation between him and another woman you can be sure he is not protecting your heart. He is protecting himself and the women he has feelings for. Wise women simply see things as they are, not as their low self-esteem allows.” ― Shannon L. Alder

If you notice your partner being excessively secretive and clingy about their phones, then it’s a huge sign that they are hiding something from you. Even though boundaries are important in a relationship, but if someone is going to great lengths to hide their phone from their partner, then it’s more or less confirmed that they’re not exactly being faithful.

On top of that, if you always see them leaving the room while taking calls, or being addicted to texting and social media all of a sudden, take these as major signs of emotional cheating. Taking their phone wherever they go, being uncomfortable with you using their phone (even if it’s for a harmless reason), and always being very secretive about calls and texts are obvious red flags of cheating.

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Alexandra Hall

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