Infidelity, cheating and unfaithfulness has been around since the beginning of time; however it has become even more complicated by what constitutes being unfaithful in relationships. Traditionally, cheating was classified as having a physically intimate relationship with someone other than your partner. But nowadays, cheating has many faces and colors. Of course, this is not to say that physical intimacy with someone other than your partner is a lesser offense than any other type of unfaithfulness.
One type of infidelity is the texting and phone affair. Flirty, suggestive or sexually explicit text messages or pictures are sent to someone other than your partner. You also can over share intimate information with this person as well. Another type of infidelity is cyber cheating. Again, this is flirting or over sharing with another person. You may also be searching and/or posting on dating sites. It can also include viewing porn regularly that negatively impacts your emotional and sexual relationship with your partner. A third type of infidelity is emotional cheating that starts off as an innocent friendship with a “work spouse” and/or your best friend. You spend a lot of time with this person and, before you know it, you are confiding and sharing your thoughts, fears, dreams, and secrets with this person. You have an affection for this person that is typically reserved for your partner. Often times, emotional cheating can lead to physical intimacy. And lastly, there is physical infidelity. Simply put, physical infidelity is sexual intimacy with someone other than your partner.
No matter what type of infidelity it may be, it is equally damaging to a relationship. If you are doing anything that you wouldn’t want to share with your partner (or God), or you know it would hurt your partner, then you probably are doing something that you should stop doing.