In this era of technology, the way we communicate has opened up the new opportunities and issues at the same time that were absent before. We are led to the complicated relationships where the significant other can’t even sure about the relationship.
Micro-cheating is the newest term regarding a relationship, surfaced last month by famous Australian psychologist and consultant, Melanie Schilling. It is yet another form of cheating but what makes it different from ordinary cheating?
What is Micro-Cheating?
According to Melanie Schilling,
“Micro-cheating is a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside their relationship. You might be engaging in micro-cheating if you secretly connect with another person on social media, if you share private jokes, if you downplay the seriousness of your relationship to your partner or if you enter their name under a code in your phone”.
She explained that now cheating is no more related to sexual infidelity only, micro-cheating is a form of cheating which is equally traumatic as they cause depression and anxiety at the end.
Signs of Micro-Cheating
Unlike physical cheating, it is difficult to define the signs of micro-cheating as it lives in the gray part more.
However, the common signs of this infidelity defined by Melanie Schilling can be:
1. Secrecy is the tell-tale sign of micro-cheating because it is a subtle betrayal and needs secrecy to fuel its fire.
2. Your partner quickly shuts down the private conversations or online chats when you enter the room.
3. If your partner is reaching out to an ex to mark an anniversary or other significant shared, intimate event is another sign of micro-cheating.
4. Your partner is offering compliments to others that he/she doesn’t say to you.
5. Your partner meet with someone under the guise of a business meeting but actually, no business was actually done!
Can Micro-Cheating Ruin Your Relationship?
It is in the possibilities, according to the psychologists, that micro-cheating can lead to other major forms of infidelity. So, if anything bothers you, trust your instincts and talk to your partner simply and straightforwardly!
Speaking at the right time with the correct direction will help you to tackle the problems.
With the passage of time, the definition of cheating may change but the relationship boundaries don’t. I believe that these terms are encouraging people to doubt their partner in a world where we are exposed to the unlimited number of people through social media and vice versa.
These terms are nothing but taking us away from the real issues of the relationships!