In general sense there are two forms of cheating – emotional and physical. While some people feel heartbroken over a physical act such as sex, others feel more deceived by their partner mimicking the closeness and intimacy of a romantic relationship – even if nothing physical is ever involved.
It is very complex to decide whether emotional cheating is worse than physical cheating or the other way around.
If two people feel susceptible with each other a strong connection can form. When someone cheats emotionally they are emotionally connecting with feelings.
The primary difference between a physical affair and an emotive affair is actual, physical contact. Usually, cheating involves people meeting face-to-face and then engaging in physical sex.
With an emotional affair, there may be a meeting, but it can occur on a phone, a computer, or a lunch date with someone other than a spouse and there is no physical intimacy. Many of the people who are emotionally cheating don’t consider it to be disloyalty. Their thinking is that, because there is no actual physical contact, the behavior can’t be considered cheating.
While it is healthy and normal for people to have friendships outside the marriage, an emotional affair looms the emotional bond between spouses. According to scientific research, an emotional affair begins with the exchange of personal information. Some argue that an emotional affair is harmless because it is more of a causal relationship than traditional cheating. However, the intimate nature of the communication, plus the sensitive investment made by the people involvedisr worse than traditional cheating.
Emotional affairs are just as likely to lead to divorce as physical affairs.