An emotional affair usually begins when you become close to the other person. Some partners may literally go days without a significant, distraction-free, emotional interaction with each other because of careers, hobbies, etc., so they seek it elsewhere. But then something shifts.
Are Affairs healthy?
Here an affair can be a healthy act. It may reflect an unconscious or semi-conscious awareness of a desire to become more alive, to grow. That is, an affair can provide feelings of affirmation and restore vitality and can activate courage to leave a marriage when doing so is the healthiest path.
Are affairs normal?
In fact, when it comes to purely sexual infidelity, the average occurrence across studies is around 20% of all couples. However, this rate increases to around a third of couples when you include emotional infidelity. An affair is generally a sign things arent right with someones relationship.