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6 subtle signs you’re 'emotionally cheating' on your partner

INSIDER Logo By Julia Naftulin of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 7: 
  "Emotional cheating"
  can happen if you deceive or betray your partner in a
  non-physical sense. 
  
  It's characterized by small yet intimate actions, like
  confiding in a close work friend about your relationship or
  spending most of your free time with them even though you have a
  partner.
  
  "You're allowed to have your own friends, but there's a
  difference between secrecy and privacy," psychotherapist Tammy
  Nelson told INSIDER. "If you lie, there is something else going
  on."
  
  Here are 6 ways to tell if you're an emotional cheater.
  

  Cheating isn't always a physical act. You can actually cheat on
  your partner in an emotional sense too, which typically happens
  through small yet intimate actions and a lack of transparency
  about those actions with your partner.

  "[Emotional cheating] is characterized by these kind of
  microcheating behaviors that could lead to more intense sexual
  behaviors," Tammy Nelson, PhD, a psychotherapist and author of
  
  "When You're the One Who Cheats," told INSIDER. 

  These behaviors might include confiding in someone other than
  your partner about your relationship, or choosing to spend the
  majority of your free time hanging out or texting with a person
  who you aren't actually dating.

  "When you are emotionally cheating, it is 
  all about the emotional connection ... It is about crossing
  lines and sharing things that would make your partner
  uncomfortable (including talking about them in a negative way),"
  psychologist Nicole Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC, told Bustle.

  In the moment, you may not even realize you're emotionally
  cheating, but there are some signs that can help you decide if
  you're guilty.

  • "Emotional cheating" can happen if you deceive or betray your partner in a non-physical sense.
  • It's characterized by small yet intimate actions, like confiding in a close work friend about your relationship or spending most of your free time with them even though you have a partner.
  • "You're allowed to have your own friends, but there's a difference between secrecy and privacy," psychotherapist Tammy Nelson told INSIDER. "If you lie, there is something else going on."
  • Here are 6 ways to tell if you're an emotional cheater.

Cheating isn't always a physical act. You can actually cheat on your partner in an emotional sense too, which typically happens through small yet intimate actions and a lack of transparency about those actions with your partner.

"[Emotional cheating] is characterized by these kind of microcheating behaviors that could lead to more intense sexual behaviors," Tammy Nelson, PhD, a psychotherapist and author of "When You're the One Who Cheats," told INSIDER.

These behaviors might include confiding in someone other than your partner about your relationship, or choosing to spend the majority of your free time hanging out or texting with a person who you aren't actually dating.

"When you are emotionally cheating, it is all about the emotional connection ... It is about crossing lines and sharing things that would make your partner uncomfortable (including talking about them in a negative way)," psychologist Nicole Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC, told Bustle.

In the moment, you may not even realize you're emotionally cheating, but there are some signs that can help you decide if you're guilty.

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