Emotional Infidelity: A Surprising Issue In Lesbian Relationships

This guest article from YourTango was written by Christine Dunn-Cunningham.

Beth thought her girlfriend Sue had been acting differently. Ever since Sue started spending more time with her friend Amanda, Beth had noticed a change in her behavior.

“At first, I was happy for Sue,” Beth confessed. “She doesn’t have a lot of close friends, and I thought her friendship with Amanda would bring her out of her shell.”

“But then they started calling and texting each other constantly. I had the nagging feeling that Sue was pulling away from me and our relationship. I know nothing physical was happening between the two of them. It just didn’t feel right.”

What Beth was experiencing in her relationship was something called emotional infidelity( or emotional cheating) and it happens all too often in lesbian relationships.

Sue and Amanda had forged a connection to each other that went beyond a close friendship. Amanda started fulfilling emotional needs for Sue that are integral to an intimate relationship; needs that should only be fulfilled by her significant other. Sue may not even have realized that her behavior and connection to Amanda had moved out of the “friend zone” and into emotional cheating.

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