Are you guilty of 'micro-cheating'?

Are you guilty of 'micro-cheating'?

Dating expert Melanie Shilling has shared helpful information to help you determine whether or not you are actually crossing a line.

Micro-Cheating: What Is It And Does It Count?

Another day and there are some more rules and regulations that need to be added to the dating guidebook.

When it comes to cheating in a relationship, it's very black and white.

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There is physical cheating, which involves touching someone who is not your partner intimately, and there is emotional cheating, which is a bit more complicated but still easy to determine.

However, another spanner has been thrown into the dating works and it has made cheating become a bit more of a grey area.

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Ever heard about 'micro-cheating?'

Melanie Schilling described it as "a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside their relationship".

Some examples include:

  • Texting someone without your partner's knowledge
  • Saving someone under a fake name on your phone
  • Lying about the status of your relationship to others

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While these examples might seem pretty obvious, it can get more complicated, so how do you know if you are micro-cheating or just living your life?

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And how do you know if your partner is possibly guilty of micro-cheating?

Basically, the same way you would know if they were physically or emotionally cheating on you. 

If you find you are having doubts about your relationship or you think your partner might be busy being unfaithful, before you jump to conclusions, the best way to deal with this issue is to tell your partner about the specific behaviours you have witnessed and explain how they made you feel.

Flinging empty accusations and insults will get you nowhere, and might make you seem jealous and insecure.

What it all comes down to in the end is intention.

As soon as you can figure that out, you should be good to go.

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