10 Ways to Know When Flirting Becomes Cheating
Can you see the thin line between flirting and cheating getting blurrier by the day? If you are not sure whether you or your partner are crossing the line, we are here to help you. Look at the points below and know when harmless flirting turns into infidelity.
1. Being secretive
If you feel the need to be secretive about your “flirting” with the other person, it is a red flag. You should not feel the need to hide things from your partner if you are just having a simple fun conversation with a person of the opposite sex.
2. Looking for the sexual thrill
If your interactions with the other person have a hidden sexual agenda then it is not just flirting. This is definitely a cause for concern and will spell doom for your relationship with your partner.
3. Blabbering out anything and everything
If you are spending hours talking to the other person, while you are in a relationship, it is not normal. Furthermore, if you would rather talk to the other person than your own partner, it is time to think seriously about what it is that you are doing.
4. Feeling the need to justify your actions
Harmless flirtation needs no justification. If you feel the constant need to rationalize your behavior with a person of the opposite sex, then it is an indication that you are cheating on your partner.
5. Meeting your personal fantasies
Is talking to the other person helping you in meeting your emotional or other personal needs? If yes, then it is not fair to your partner. It is also an indication that your relationship is missing something and needs special care and attention.
6. Sharing intimate details
If you find yourself sharing intimate details about your partner with a person of the opposite sex, then it could be a form of cheating. It is disrespectful especially if you say negative things about your partner to some other person. When in doubt, always ask yourself, “Will my partner feel good if he overhears these conversations?”
7. Meeting up regularly and unnecessarily
It is one thing to chat online and another thing to have a one-on-on conversation. However, if you find yourself having regular meet-ups with the other guy, then it could soon turn into infidelity. Spending excessive face-to-face time is a no-no.
8. Getting caught by friends
There are times when you may not be able to realize when you are crossing the line. Your friends can be of great help. If you find your close friends voicing their concerns or disapproving your behavior with a certain someone, do pay heed to them.
9. Putting in a conscious effort
Flirting is something that happens naturally and is very casual. If you feel the need to put in special efforts or find yourself going out of your way to let the other person know that you like being with him or her, then it could eventually lead to infidelity.
10. Having a partner who disapproves of the relationship
Most importantly, if your “flirting” makes your partner feel uncomfortable, you must do something about it. If you still feel the need to continue your interactions with the other person, then it is definitely a form of cheating.
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