This is a complex question, and the answer depends on the type of relationship and the individuals involved. In order to properly define cheating a couple must decide what monogamy means to them. Clear lines should be negotiated as to what types of behavior and interactions constitute infidelity. I have found with my clients, that this is a task most couples never tackle, as Sex Therapist and author Marty Klein puts it, “Couples come into our offices fighting over contracts that they have never made.” Eventually one party or another finds themselves in breach of relationship stipulations that they were unaware of – leading to heartache and headache that could have potentially been avoided by openly setting the boundaries of your relationship together.
Dr. Joe Kort is a certified sex addiction therapist, certified Imago Relationship Therapist and a certified Sex Therapist providing mental health outpatient services for individuals and couples as well as those struggling with depression and anxiety issues in the Farmington Hills, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield and Troy areas. The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health – www.CRSH.com – provides this information written by its founder, Dr. Kort, in order to educate interested readers. (248) 399-7447.