How to Heal from Infidelity: What If It Was Just an Emotional Affair?

Samuel discusses emotional vs physical affairs and the impact emotional affairs have on betrayed spouses.

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Emotional Affair

What if the unfaithful doesn't want to name it an 'emotional affair' because he didn't do some of the things on the list that describes emotional affairs? I believe he is still trying to minimize what he's done with numerous females to different degrees and if he doesn't admit his infidelity there will be more ahead. This occurs mostly at work and I also believe he's trying avoid having to make some hard choices about his job scenario.

what did he do then?

we define infidelity as the keeping of secrets from our mate/spouse.  what did he in fact do?  let's start there.  are you all getting any help at all?  

Emotional Affair

I do like that definition, however, there are lists that say 'if you do these, you've had an emotional affair' to which he excused his 'friendships' since he wasn't guilty of 1 or 2 items on the list. When we decided something had to change in our marriage, there was D-day. Among other things, he finally admitted to several scenarios where he had 'just friends' of the opposite gender at work and can at least now see there was inappropriateness involved. He did seem to make a connection when I questioned him about the secrecy and lies he told me about them. Yes, we are thankfully getting help and he has been working on his why which is helpful.

Emotional affair disclosure

I need help.

I'm in a committed relationship, but I'm not married, don't have kids and my boyfriend and I live separately.

I had a long distance emotional affair for 2 weeks, and it ended 1 month ago. My boyfriend doesn’t know.

I'm thinking about coming clean to my partner, but I'm not sure if it would be a good idea to do it now, in the middle of the COVID19 situation (we live in México).

It's already hard to find a time and place where I could do the disclosure properly. My family won't let me go anywhere with him, they only agree to have him come over at my house and spend time inside, and I don't think it would be appropiate to have the conversation at home with my family present.

And even if I managed to find a moment to do the disclosure, what would happen next? What if we're forced to stay at our homes for months without the possibility of seeing each other?

Is it wise to wait after the madness of the pandemic is over? Or should I try to disclose as soon as possible and go through the recovery process, despite the uncertainty of the situation? And how should I do it?

I'm sorry if this question is very long or complicated, I hope I make sense

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I'm in the group that experiences emotional affairs as more painful and devastating than physical affair. 20ish years ago my husband had a physical affair and I was able to move thru that alot easier than the emotional affair that happened 2 years ago and still causes suffering. Wanting connection with my husband, reaching out to him and getting one word answers instead of conversations...being lonely in my own home filled with people... while he was picking up the phone to call his AP on his lunch breaks, and exchange emails and facetime video conferences. And say disparaging things about me that I eventually saw in the discovery of what was happening. I can't unsee what I've seen. I can forgive, and it still feels like a nightmare. Being lonely for your husband while he gives it all away to someone else. It's the worst.

im so sorry for your pain

i know that has to be awful and I'm so sorry for your pain.  i hope our site can help you and even him if he's open to it. 

Site is Helping

HI -- yes the site is really helpful for me because I can get insight into what he might be thinking or feeling. Sometimes I send a video his way if I think it could help. I see a counselor for the rest of my help. But just a word to the unfaithful that may read this -- emotional affairs can feel like this: my heart is in your hands, whether right or wrong, that's where my heart was. I trusted you with my heart. What you've done has given me the message you aren't safe for me or my heart. So I need to now take my heart back, but it isn't coming back to me in the same shape as I left it with you. It's broken and hurting. So while I work on putting my heart back together -- super hard work -- I don't know how wise it is to let you back in to have access to my heart. I want that, but I need evidence after evidence after evidence to know if you're safe for me.

Side note -- we have four grown daughters. Sometimes when my husband doesn't seem to understand what I'm saying, I ask him what he would tell his daughter to do or feel in this situation. If you're a loving father to a daughter, try to imagine what you'd want her to do to be in a safe space in her marriage after infidelity. Or what you'd want to see in her husband. It might help you see why your spouse is feeling the way she feels, or help you understand why this doesn't all go away in a few months.

great insight.

thanks for sharing that my friend.  i always appreciate feedback and fresh perspective.