The phrase “Once a cheater, always a cheater” does not really matter because in some cases you might be cheating on your partner without even realizing it.
Infidelity comes in many shapes and is not just limited to sex outside your relationship.
Even if you think of yourself as the perfect partner, it is highly possible you may be deeply mistaken. Here are 5 ways you could be cheating without even realizing it.
1. They are having an “interest affair”
Your significant other should always come before your hobbies. If that is not the case in your relationship, they are simply having an interest affair. An interest affair can mean anything from exercise to playing video games, to politics. And the problem is that your partner will feel just as neglected if you were cheating on them with another person.
Feelings will still be hurt despite that the impact won’t be the same. When a person becomes obsessed with their favorite activity it can take priority over their partner. Do not let this happen to your relationship.
2. You have sexual fantasies about other people
It is normal to fantasize about other people every now and then. However, if your daydreams about the gardener lead you to spend all of your time picking flowers in the garden when your partner thinks you’re at work, it can be a problem.
3. You have a “work wife” or “work husband”
Nowadays, the terms “work wife” and “work husband” have become commonplace. If you happen to be suspiciously close to your colleague, your current relationship will no doubt suffer, which is fine, but only if you are truly in love with your work spouse. If you are not, however, the whole thing is bound to explode in your face. There are obvious signs your favorite colleague has become your work spouse. Your actions at the workplace will only end up causing pain to your partner, in the long run, so think wisely before you choose to take that road.
4. You flirt both online and offline
Whether you easily get flirtatious with other people at parties or you secretly sustain an online relationship with a potential ‘plan B’ (should things go wrong in your current relationship), this unquestionably falls under the category of cheating.
You made a binding commitment to your partner the moment you started your relationship. Having the courage to express your true feelings to them will make it easier for both of you. Don’t waste each other’s precious time by indulging in anonymous flirt games.
5. Verbal abuse
Words can break us down and build us up, which is why we have to choose them wisely. When things get heated people often say things they don’t mean. However, the weight of your words can carry a heavy burden. Verbal slander or comparisons can damage your partner’s sense of self-worth and make them feel violated. This is a form of cheating as it shows that you are not properly committed to the relationship. So, make sure you think before you speak.
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