What is an Emotional Affair?

We all know what an physical or sexual affair is. But sometimes a client will tell us that, although their partner is not in a sexual relationship, they are very close to someone else. This is termed an emotional affair or nonsexual intimacy, and it is marked by three characteristic features:

  • secrecy
  • attraction
  • sharing of intimate knowledge about the primary relationship

This type of affair can be as damaging as a physical affair, sometimes more so.

This recent Guardian article does a clear job of defining a non-sexual affair and exploring the situations when they can arise. It looks at some real life cases, spotlighting the immense pain caused by them.


Please contact us to take your first steps to get over an emotional affair: