In such situations, cybersex may even be advisable—but still regarded as cheating.
Time spent in that world can help them their actual world, while not giving up on having exciting, even emotional experiences.
Living within the two worlds is not easy, however, and may become increasingly risky when people do not realize the limitations of each.
“Couples sometimes lose sight of the fact that they are partners in life,” says Grohol.
“They are there to fight life’s adversity together.
The monologue: Where a partner is in so much need of attention or affirmation, that they never stop talking – which leaves no room for dialogue. The critique: Where conversation becomes unsafe because one or both partners are critical or disinterested. The interrogation: Where one partner demands that the other report feelings, events and reactions, leading to an emotional shutdown. The secret: Where one partner is keeping something from the other, which renders genuine communication impossible.