When most people think of cheating, they imagine someone in a relationship getting physically intimate with someone other than their partner. This definitely fits the description, but it’s not the only form. If you’re not doing these five things with your partner, you might not be completely devoted to the relationship.
Turning to him for validation
Being part of a healthy relationship means that you don’t need anyone else’s approval. Your partner should remind you of how beautiful and wonderful you are, not an outsider. If you’re searching for ego boosts from someone other than your partner, you’re not being faithful.
Using him as a support system
When things get tough, your partner should be the one you turn to. And leaning on him means sharing the hard parts of life with him too. If you’re not opening yourself up to him when you need help, but are rather going to someone else, you’re not being true to him.
Singing his praises
Talking about your partner should always be a positive act. While it’s fine to occasionally vent to your girlfriends about your struggles, complaining to someone else about your relationship is never OK. Be committed to your relationship and don’t air your dirty laundry.
Taking alone time
Alone time is an integral part of a healthy relationship – you need your space! But if your “alone” time is actually spent with someone else, you’re being dishonest with him. And if your partner doesn’t know about your company, it’s definitely wise to reevaluate.
Being his confidant
Just as you want your partner to support you, he should be able to confide in you, as well. That means being present for him to the same extent you want him to be present for you. If your thoughts – and time – are consumed by someone else, you’re not being fair (or faithful) to him.