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emotional affair

An affair in which two people who are attracted to each other (and at least one of whom is in a committed romantic relationship with someone else) engage in a relationship that is emotionally intimate but not sexually or physically intimate. My husband spends so much time with his best friend from work that I'm worried he's having an emotional affair with her.
See also: affair, emotional
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DEAR ANNIE: Please comment again about emotional affairs. My husband says this is a bunch of malarkey.
Emotional affairs are on the rise, as we spend more and more time at the office and less time at home.
Emotional affairs seem unsettled and need sorting out.
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"Inquiries such as these are always very emotional affairs both for the committee members and for those giving evidence.
According to authors of Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal, and Move On--Together or Apart, 20% of men and 10% of women engage in sexual infidelity at some point in their lives, with Richard and Susan being one of the many (45% of men and 25% of women) affected by emotional affairs. Synder, Baucom, and Coop Gordon have compiled their wealth of clinical and research experience working with couples into this incredibly well written, pragmatic guide to help couples navigate all of the complexities of dealing with an affair, from how they've gotten to this point in their relationship to what to do to heal, either together or separately.
EMOTIONAL affairs can be just as damaging as a purely sexual relationship.
For this study, infidelity was defined as including both sexual and emotional affairs. A relationship was considered an emotional affair if it involved secrecy or romantic or sexual feelings and interfered with the primary relationship.
Emotional affairs are under a helter-skelter phase until the end of this year, and that's proving way too draining.
The poll, which aimed to find how people felt about cheating, revealed that 72 percent of the men considered sexual affairs as worse, while 69 percent of women said emotional affairs were worse.
EMOTIONAL affairs can be A just as damaging as a purely sexual relationship.
LIVERPOOL'S clashes with Manchester United have always been stormy and emotional affairs, so I advise punters to take the 10-1 on offer by Done Bookmakers for both teams to have a player sent off at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
And there are also all the emotional affairs people conduct.
Emotional affairs cause many relationships to die," said Mackler.