Relationships: Micro-cheating Is Probably Something You Are Doing

What in the world is micro-cheating?  And yes, it’s another thing to worry about in relationships.

Guy with girlfriend stares at another girl.

If you are asking yourself the question, “am I cheating?” Then you are probably doing something that is considered emotional cheating.

“Micro-cheating is a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside their relationship,” according to relationship expert Melanie Schilling.

If you text somebody without your partner’s knowledge or save a name of someone under a fictitious name that might be considered micro-cheating.

Schilling says that if you:

  • Connect with someone on social media
  • Share too many inside jokes
  • Downplay the status of your relationship with your significant other
  • Conduct secret flirtation

…you may be micro-cheating.

“Secrecy is the tell-tale sign,” Schilling said. “Micro-cheating is a subtle betrayal and it needs secrecy to fuel its fire.”

Flirting is fine, but if your partner is micro-cheating and continues to it will undermine the relationship in the long run.

“Allowing micro-cheating to continue can set up a relationship pattern that undermines you and enables your partner to have their cake and eat it too,” Schilling said.



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