Cheating is a major deal breaker in any relationship. It signifies a blatant lack of honesty and respect. In fact, physical infidelity is hardly tolerated or forgiven. Are emotional and financial infidelity acceptable? First let’s address the meaning of these terms.
Physical infidelity occurs when one partner in a relationship becomes intimate with another individual. In this case, there are rarely feelings involved. It is simply an act of sexual desire.
Financial infidelity occurs when one partner in a relationship is dishonest about his/her finances. This can pose a threat to the financial future of both of the partners. This form of deception is harmful because it demonstrates a disregard for healthy trust and communication; both of which are essential to a relationship.
Emotional infidelity occurs when one partner in a relationship develops feelings for another individual. In this case, he/she does not act on those feelings. However, since an emotional connection builds slowly, it is hard to forgive and ignore the intimacy and closeness that was formed.
Ultimately, financial and emotional infidelity can be equally, if not more, detrimental than physical infidelity. All of these involve deception. Since honesty is crucial to the success of a relationship, they are all harmful.
Which do you think is the easiest to forgive? Comment below. We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Written by Cassidy Zuber