What is emotional cheating?

Emotional cheating, unlike cheating someone physically, is very complex and is rather difficult to explain. As we all know it, emotional cheating doesn’t have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ definition. So, what might count as emotional cheating for one couple may not be the same for others, but the pain of being a victim of emotional unfaithfulness runs deep for all. So, we asked a few people what qualifies as emotional infidelity, and here’s what they said.

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02/6When a partner has a ‘back-up’ person in life

“I was once in a serious relationship with a man who had a ‘back-up’ plan in case it didn’t work out between us. And I discovered this much later due to which I decided to part ways with him. While I was giving my hundred per cent to the relationship, he had always had some reservations and often told me what he would do or with whom he would end up in case our relationship ended. Who plans their life like this? I was heartbroken for months before calling it quits,” shared Akriti Sinha.

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03/6To be in touch with an ex-partner and lying about it

“I guess nothing hurts a person more than the partner’s act of being in touch with an ex-lover and lying about it. I never had a problem with my partner being friends with her ex-boyfriend but I would have expected her to be honest about it. It really came as a shock when my girlfriend, who said she had cut contacts with her ex-boyfriend, attended their school get-together with him and lied to me about it. I accidentally bumped into their get-together pictures on social media and her comments indicated that they had travelled together to the event,” said Vishal Jain.

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04/6Emotionally prioritizing a third person

“How would you feel if your partner is more emotionally close to a third person, say a friend or a family member, and share his deepest thoughts with the person first before doing the same with you? I have experienced such behaviour from my boyfriend in the past and, trust me, nothing hurts you more than this. You can perhaps overcome the pain of being physically cheated upon but an emotional scar takes a long long time to heal,” said Anita Sharma.

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05/6Being secretive

“My ex-girlfriend was over-possessive about her phone. I never interfered but found it very strange to see her react quickly whenever I picked up her phone. And sometimes, when I had to use her phone to make a call or take a number, she would quickly delete texts and messages before handing over the phone to me. I often wondered what did those texts have that she didn’t want me to read? And after a while, it really started disturbing me. It somehow affected me. Did she not trust me or was she hiding something from me? I felt emotionally cheated by such behaviour,” said Rahul Taneja.

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06/6Complaining about your partner in front of a third person

“I was in a relationship with a girl during my college days. We had many common friends and after a few months of being with her, I got to know from my friends that she used to constantly complain about me. And when I confronted her, she said she did that when she was angry and frustrated. She had said many hurtful things about me. What really made me upset was, she didn’t trust me but a third person to open up to. For me, that counted as emotional cheating,” said Prakash Jha.

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01/65 people share their opinion on emotional cheating

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5 people share their opinion on emotional cheating

Emotional cheating, unlike cheating someone physically, is very complex and is rather difficult to explain. As we all know it, emotional cheating doesn’t have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ definition. So, what might count as emotional cheating for one couple may not be the same for others, but the pain of being a victim of emotional unfaithfulness runs deep for all. So, we asked a few people what qualifies as emotional infidelity, and here’s what they said.

02/6When a partner has a ‘back-up’ person in life

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When a partner has a 'back-up' person in life

“I was once in a serious relationship with a man who had a ‘back-up’ plan in case it didn’t work out between us. And I discovered this much later due to which I decided to part ways with him. While I was giving my hundred per cent to the relationship, he had always had some reservations and often told me what he would do or with whom he would end up in case our relationship ended. Who plans their life like this? I was heartbroken for months before calling it quits,” shared Akriti Sinha.

03/6To be in touch with an ex-partner and lying about it

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To be in touch with an ex-partner and lying about it

“I guess nothing hurts a person more than the partner’s act of being in touch with an ex-lover and lying about it. I never had a problem with my partner being friends with her ex-boyfriend but I would have expected her to be honest about it. It really came as a shock when my girlfriend, who said she had cut contacts with her ex-boyfriend, attended their school get-together with him and lied to me about it. I accidentally bumped into their get-together pictures on social media and her comments indicated that they had travelled together to the event,” said Vishal Jain.

04/6Emotionally prioritizing a third person

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Emotionally prioritizing a third person

“How would you feel if your partner is more emotionally close to a third person, say a friend or a family member, and share his deepest thoughts with the person first before doing the same with you? I have experienced such behaviour from my boyfriend in the past and, trust me, nothing hurts you more than this. You can perhaps overcome the pain of being physically cheated upon but an emotional scar takes a long long time to heal,” said Anita Sharma.

05/6Being secretive

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Being secretive

“My ex-girlfriend was over-possessive about her phone. I never interfered but found it very strange to see her react quickly whenever I picked up her phone. And sometimes, when I had to use her phone to make a call or take a number, she would quickly delete texts and messages before handing over the phone to me. I often wondered what did those texts have that she didn’t want me to read? And after a while, it really started disturbing me. It somehow affected me. Did she not trust me or was she hiding something from me? I felt emotionally cheated by such behaviour,” said Rahul Taneja.

06/6Complaining about your partner in front of a third person

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Complaining about your partner in front of a third person

“I was in a relationship with a girl during my college days. We had many common friends and after a few months of being with her, I got to know from my friends that she used to constantly complain about me. And when I confronted her, she said she did that when she was angry and frustrated. She had said many hurtful things about me. What really made me upset was, she didn’t trust me but a third person to open up to. For me, that counted as emotional cheating,” said Prakash Jha.

(All images used here are representational)

Emotional cheating, unlike cheating someone physically, is very complex and is rather difficult to explain. As we all know it, emotional cheating doesn’t have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ definition. So, what might count as emotional cheating for one couple may not be the same for others, but the pain of being a victim of emotional unfaithfulness runs… […]

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