With a 13 year marriage you have a significant investment in your spouse both emotionally and financially. This September we meet up with a friend he went to high school with.
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infidelity - With the burgeoning use of the Internet, many practitioners are seeing more couples because of online affairs and are addressing new issues in therapy, psychologists say. A follow-up two months later revealed that therapeutic gains were maintained.
When it comes to and relationships, potential problems are constantly brewing for couples. Though some may have a slightly different definition of what qualifies as infidelity, most people seem to believe that it involves sexual or physical betrayal. This type of betrayal is incredibly painful for the partner who has been cheated on, and countless books discuss ways to cope with this kind of hurtful event when it penetrates a romantic union. Yet what often gets lost in the discussion of infidelity is attention to emotional infidelity and the ugly ways in which it can plant seeds of doubt and dismantle a relationship. In discussing emotional infidelity, I'm not talking about finding out that your partner follows pornographic websites or is connecting with others somewhere in sexual cyberspace. Cut to Anthony Weiner. Even though those partners may not be having actual sex — or even ever met — the of the infidelity is still sexual. Emotional infidelity refers to the behavior that one partner engages in which fosters emotional in the here-and-now with someone else, and sometimes promotes the possibility of sexual intimacy in the future. Many people maintain secret or semi-secret friendships when there is a clear mutual interest or , while others may not be interested, but encourage others' interest in them for the sake of boosting their own ego or distracting themselves from a sense of boredom with their partner. The sad reality is that emotional infidelity is often totally hidden, to the extent that you may not know if or when your partner is emotionally cheating. Because the connection is not sexually based, there are fewer opportunities to detect the infidelity. For example, when there's no need for a hotel room, it's difficult for anyone to find proof of the betrayal upon review of a credit card bill tossed in the trash. Many articles and books issue advice on how to tell if your partner is physically cheating, but what are the tips to tell if your partner is emotionally cheating? The truth is that it's very difficult to tell — in some cases, next to impossible. The best indicator is to consider the character of your partner and to ask yourself how much you truly trust his or her integrity. How loyal is your partner to his or her friends? To his or her job? To his or her family? Is there a history of unfaithfulness of any form in the past? Ultimately, we all have strong instincts that guide us. Your instincts, like your conscious mind, will find it a challenge to tell if someone is emotionally you, but they will easily tell you whether your partner is inherently trustworthy or, conversely, prone to infidelity. It never hurts to discuss this issue with your partner so that you can be sure you have the same definition of infidelity. Check in with your partner today about what he or she considers cheating. Rather than ask in a detective-like manner, mention that you read an article that highlights how men and women often have different definitions and offer up the topic for discussion. Perhaps, in the end, how he or she responds to the topic will speak volumes. Ultimately, to function happily as a couple, your agreed-upon definition of cheating must include both emotional and sexual components. Finally, years of working with couples have shown me that couples often wait until they're in a trouble spot to discuss uncomfortable issues, and the issue of emotional infidelity marks no exception. In my clinical work, I always say that the best time to discuss problems is completely counterintuitive: Do it when things are going well to prevent a major battle later. Give me a break! Unless you are suggesting that two people are the ONLY people that are emotionally intimate with each other, and that partners shouldn't have close emotionally intimate relationships with their friends, children, parents, colleagues, etc.... The concept of emotional infidelity just doesn't make sense - unless, again, you're suggesting that two people be each others only friend, family etc. Though some may have a slightly different definition of what qualifies as infidelity, most people seem to believe that it involves sexual or physical betrayal. Infidelity is a knowing and material breach of trust to engage in a relationship which is incompatible with the primary relationship usually a spouse. When one partner makes a conscious decision to exploit the trust of the marital bond with deceit for purposes of promoting a person outside of the marriage which only benefits him or her that is infidelity whether sex becomes a part of the deal or not.. And taking marital resources which belong to both parties by deceit or concealment is the most objective showing of infidelity not a physical act. In fact its the deceit more than the physical act of intimacy with another which is most hurtful. We are extremely intimate in every way but physical. I would like to understand more about what motivates him to continue in this secret relationship, and even more than that, what possible impact it's having on his marriage. He's been married 25+ years and they are recent empty-nesters. He does not complain about his wife, but based on a lot of what he tells me about their life together, it sounds from a distance like it's an emotionally empty relationship though I have not of course spoken to--or even met--her. What insight can you offer on these two points if that's possible without knowing more? Are you also married? If you are, what do you feel you are missing in your own marriage? What you are asking about 'his' motivation, might be answered to some degree by examining what motivates you to be in a secret relationship with this married man. How old are each of you? You mentioned he is a recent empty-nester, are you as well? Were you friends before the affair began? Without knowing some finer details as such, its difficult to suggest what could be motivating either of you. Affairs, be they sexual or emotional are a form of escape from something, or a way to gain something missing in the primary relationship. Some people have affairs as a way to exit a relationship, but since this has been going on for two years, I would cross that off. Clearly he's in no rush to leave his wife. Sounds like you already have a good idea that he's using you as an escape or a gap filler, based on you're assumptions about his marriage. I have to agree with the other poster... What motivates you to willingly participate in deceiving a man's wife? One marriage manages to stagger through intact because the couple are emotionally true to each other even while the wife, with the husband's pained consent, is having affairs. You have the right to be reasured! At the time of meeting he told me he was in love with someone who was married and chosen to stay with her husband and children, she moved to another country. They stayed in contact he even joined their family for ski trips After a few years he told her he didn't want to spend his life alone and was going to move on. Over the years he has stayed in contact, perhaps 3-4 times a year. Mostly family news What has been happening about us as a couple or me is never mentioned although she knows about me, only about whats going on with him He knows that this relationship hurts me greatly, and has always assured me it is only a friendship. He has always known I read the emails he suggested that I do so early on in our relationship Some times in the correspondence, I see the close bond between them, and note how they 'miss' seeing each other. He says her life is there, and he is committed to our future together, that I mean so much to him. I get upset when he 'shares' special times that we are experiencing, with her. IE recently we were at a family wedding in California, and whilst enjoying an evening event he text her to say how much fun he was having. At New Year this year 6 mins past midnight he text to wish her happy New Year, then proceeded to have a text conversation over the next few hours, telling her how sorry he was for not being in touch very much, and felt he had 'abandoned' her. Her husband has recently been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, and the outlook is not good. My husband is in constant contact almost daily with her, responding as soon as she replys..... I try to understand... I feel guilty, that I seem to be jealous and I am angry about it all. We have a very special close relationship an have worked together in our own business for 12 years. There are so many occasions that we are thinking the same thing at the same time.... Therefore, I always seem to 'know when he is thinking of her often now a days I know she is going through a tough time, as his her husband, which makes me feel bad for feeling so jealous, and uncaring I realize, after 15 years that he is never going to give this up, I had always told myself, it would fade away, but now know that will not happen. I love him so much and have always tried to tolerate it tell myself it is nothing.... He works out of town and comes home on wkends he was seeing her daily and they began to text while they were working during the day or calling each other then after work or when she had the evening off they would spend it together. He told me he had a friend to talk to and I even met her. Then about 6 wks later he calls me in the middle of the night to tell me nothing was planned but it just happened, they crossed the line. I told him we would work thru this. Over the course of the next few wks she came to me and told me she was in love with him. He finally told her they could only be friends no more physical contact, he stayed away from her for a few wks but they would run into each other i think she was making sure of it and then the text began again and the calls. I hired a man to tap his cell phone for me and one day she began to really push it, the text were very racy and x-rated. He told her to backoff, slow down that he was going home to his wife but she kept on til she finally won, he began to fall... A few minutes later he told her to answer her phone and they talked for awhile and then he calls me. I guess to make an excuse why he was going to be late but before he said anything I confessed to tapping his phone and told him that he either broke off contact immediately and completely or not to come home. He came straight home and it was hell for a few days. They have spoken cordially a couple of times since, she lost her job and has left the area. Since then he has lost interest in sex suddenly blaming it on his health and become very depressed. I feel he holds a grudge towards me. He claims his family and I came first and that he only wanted to be friends with her but was a victim of circumstance and that I should have trusted him not to let her come between us, that the text were friendly flirts. He refuses to accept that they were in an emotional affair that crossed the line. Now I still can not let any of it go and it is eating me alive. I have managed to pay everyone of the bills, did everything I could to make her happy, and yet, she is having an emotional affair with this scum bag Nik. I hate to say this, but I may be back on the dating circuit in December or January. Never marry a woman who is in love with someone else. I doubt seriously if this loser makes this money in one year. Anyhow, my wife was insulted. She told him and her dad. I told my father in law to go fk himself. He is a huge loser. You would have to see it to believe it. Yes, it is true. My father in law is worse than this scum bag Nik. Anyhow, I Seriously did tell my father in law to go F himself. Shockingly, my wife now wants to give it a 2nd try. I will keep you guys updated on the drama in my life. I am not an abusive partner. However, the douche bag before me was. In any event, I have been out of the house, am getting my life back in order, and am sadly waiting on the divorce papers to be sent, for me and my lawyer to review. One previous ex died of MS. One previous ex is battling diabetes. And with this one, I do not know what will kill her. The diabetes from horrible eating; the liver disease from drinking too much; the health issues associates with the cigarettes she smokes; or, that douche bag loser Nik from banging her head through the walls too many times. For me, I have to wait the divorce period out before I can return to the singles scene. It's all about work and working out. I love my soon to be ex wife. However, her addiction to this loser douche bag has destroyed that. My husband and I have always had a good realtionship. Very seldom if ever in the past would it cross my mind he would do anything to break our vows. A little back history. He grew up in the town we live in. I grew up across country. I come from a broken family. Broken due to constant infidelity. He comes from a typical family. That had parents who had hard rough times, no infidelity and they always worked it out. My husband served in the military. Had several long deployments overseas. He now has severe back issues, spinal cyst and the ever distroying PTSD. This September we meet up with a friend he went to high school with. She had practical dropped off the face of the Earth for 15 yrs. Now all of a sudden he was texting her what seems like all the time. They went out to lunch once. We now rent our house to her and her husband instead of selling it. He has said that me and her like a lot of the same things. That we should hang out together. We could become good friends. I was so open to having a new friend. I started getting a suspension that their relationship might be more then friends when he would make reference to doing stuff for them or going to help with something. I started getting jealous and they both saw this. I asked how in the world does her husband stand for it. At some point in this time frame she said she will walk out of his life if it would help me and him. He sends me a scream shot of this portion of the conversation. She says she will stop talking to him. He said no we made a promise not to do that again. Then he goes on to say that I have kept all his pieces in place when they started falling apart mentally But now he needed someone to fill in the creaks. I blew a gasket. I had a face to face conversation with her and I told her i will not stand for this type of conversations they were having. He says things to her that he should only be saying to me as his wife. She promised me that all further conversation would be done via group. That started and it seemed to be working to help me gage the realtionship. I still had some issues I felt I needed to work on but I was making progress. This is until I looked in his phone again. And their they were having chats just the two of them. Am I just jealous or do I have cause to worry he is emotionally cheating on me? With that said, however, professionals have their biases and predispositions and you should listen and consider their recommendations but you need to make the final judgment for yourself. With a 13 year marriage you have a significant investment in your spouse both emotionally and financially. You don't say whether you have children or not but if you do you need to consider their needs too. Your history sounds similar to mine in that I lived with my ex in her hometown which was several states away from my mother and sister. In some respects that situation may isolate you from a support system and may make you more emotionally and financially dependent on him and his family. Don't be swayed by the fact his family was intact. I understand coming from a broken home makes you more aware of the trauma that causes and your desire to not repeat it but no family is perfect. In the end you may find his family will side with him regardless of the circumstances. From what you say he has already exhibited dishonesty with you, his wife, to sustain that relationship. That is not healthy and a serious breach of the trust which is supposed to be the cornerstone of any marriage. On the most basic level a spouse should avoid a relationship which distresses his or her spouse. He is renting a property you jointly own to this woman. Who collects the rent payments and pays the property expenses? Renting to a friend or relative is also bad because decisions are not objective and financially based. If this woman is unable or unwilling to pay her rent are you really going to evict her or as quickly as you would a stranger? She could be in the house for months without paying rent even if an eviction is pending. And you may incur the expense of hiring an attorney if the eviction becomes contentious. I desperately wanted my marriage to work and part of the reason was the dysfunctional family I grew up with as a kid. But I think that desire clouded my judgement and I stayed longer than I should have and didn't follow my gut instincts and the longer you stay in a dysfunctional relationship the more you will lose in money, time and emotionally. Again, my recommendation is go with you gut instincts. If this relationship seems and feels inappropriate it probably is on some level. I didn't think anything of it, UNTIL, he called her sweetie in a message. Today I find out that every morning after I leave, he calls her to chat!! He has hours of conversations and text messages... I'm so hurt, I never expected this from him. He's always been my rock. He doesn't see the problem, and I can't get over the hurt. There are several troubling things your husband has done. Re-connecting on FB with a past romantic interest isn't a big deal provided its no different from other friends. The frequency and length of those chats is highly suggestive that there is more at work than an old friend. If it had been all innocent why did he keep this connection obviously a big thing going on in his life a secret? The deceit he claims not to recognize is the big issue in my opinion. He is also dissipating marital resources buying this woman personal gifts which is a complete disregard for your rights in the marriage. His failure to acknowledged his wrongful and apparent intent to continue what has he has been doing is the most troubling aspect of this affair. He should drop all contact with this woman for your sake whether he thinks your feelings are justified or not. I would like to know how long since they were an item and how close do you live from her. From my own experience this conduct is a bright red flag. The cheating persisted alongside the lies so I had no choice but to hire a hacker, I went for the one with the highest and best recommendation and he did nothing short of a perfect job for me.. 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