Many men and women believe that a person is not unfaithful in their marriage unless they’ve been physically intimate with another. They think that if a husband or wife strikes up a close friendship with a member of the opposite sex that includes an emotional bond, that it is not breaking any of the vows that they took when they married. For a wife, your husband’s emotional affair can alter the state of your relationship more than if he were to partake of a one night stand. Emotional affairs have a huge impact on marriages and so it’s important to understand how to recognize it is happening and what steps to take to stop it.

Your husband’s emotional affair may begin in one of several ways. Many men will strike up a friendship with a woman at work, or on the Internet. He may also rekindle a friendship he had when he was younger. The important thing for a wife to realize is that there is a distinct difference between an emotionally charged friendship and a platonic friendship. Men and women can be friends in a platonic way, but in some cases the feelings shift and that’s when your husband’s emotional affair begins.

There are a few things to keep a watch for if you suspect that your husband’s friendship has taken a more romantic turn. If he’s always been happy to talk about his female friend to you and then he suddenly stops mentioning her, that may be a clue that he’s feeling more for her than he did in the past. If your husband’s emotional affair is with someone unknown to you, it will be harder to detect but not impossible.

Take careful note of how your husband interacts with you. Many men who are feeling emotionally close to another woman will draw back from their wives. They do this out of guilt or simply because they find it challenging to be emotionally close to two women at once. The physical intimacy between you two may also shift, and he may share his feelings regarding you and your relationship less than he has in the past.

If you are aware of your husband’s emotional affair, you need to put a stop to it before it crosses any other lines. Some men want more than just an emotional affair and will seek out a physical relationship with the woman. If you are a wife who is not ready to give up on her marriage, you need to step in and derail his relationship.

One approach to this is to tell your husband that you are not comfortable with his continuing such a close friendship with another woman. If he’s determined to move the relationship with the other woman into a more serious one, he ‘ll likely refuse to break contact or pull back. He may also ensure you that he will, but your husband’s emotional affair may continue behind your back.

If this is the case and you still suspect the relationship is continuing, it may be time to give him an ultimatum. Your husband’s emotional affair will have an impact on your marriage, but it does not have to destroy it. If a husband and wife are committed to making a marriage stronger after an affair, it can be done with a lot of hard work, forgiveness and understanding.

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Source by Gillian Reynolds