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What is emotional infidelity in a marriage?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Emotional infidelity
Emotional infidelity is when you have an emotionally intimate and intense relationship with someone outside your marriage -- and keep it secret from your spouse.
Having sex isn't necessarily involved. But your emotional engagement shifts from your marriage to your involvement with this other person. It's longer lasting than a "1 night stand, " and can endanger the trust in your marriage.

In brief: Emotional infidelity
Emotional infidelity is when you have an emotionally intimate and intense relationship with someone outside your marriage -- and keep it secret from your spouse.
Having sex isn't necessarily involved. But your emotional engagement shifts from your marriage to your involvement with this other person. It's longer lasting than a "1 night stand, " and can endanger the trust in your marriage.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Emotional Infidelity
Usually involves an intense emotional connection to someone other than your spouse that includes sexual fantasy but as of yet has not been acted on and is kept secret from one's spouse.
Dangerous behavior as it usually undoes closeness in a marriage. Best.

In brief: Emotional Infidelity
Usually involves an intense emotional connection to someone other than your spouse that includes sexual fantasy but as of yet has not been acted on and is kept secret from one's spouse.
Dangerous behavior as it usually undoes closeness in a marriage. Best.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
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