12 Ways to Recover from an Emotional Affair


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12 Ways to Recover from an Emotional Affair


Therese Borchard

Jimmy Carter isn’t the only one who ever had "lust in his heart." I receive e-mails every day from readers who are either stuck in an emotional affair or have ended one but are still extremely heartsick.

First, a reminder of what I'm talking about when I say "emotional affair." I mean an obsessive secret relationship or an overly-intimate friendship that doesn't include sexual behavior, but might involve inappropriate flirting, secret gift-giving, romantic overtures, deep affection, and emotional dependence. Often, though not always, emotional affairs develop into full-blown physican affairs.

My readers ask, "How can I let go and move on?" Well, it's not easy. But I researched what the experts say on this topic and pulled from my own battle with obsessive thinking to come up with the following 12 steps to help folks recover from an emotional affair.

Start to recover from an emotional affair.

Therese J. Borchard writes the Beyond Blue blog on Beliefnet.

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