Do empaths cheat? (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will discuss Do empaths cheat?. We will do that by discussing empaths and signs of cheating behavior.

Do empaths cheat? 

Yes and No both. We cannot say whether empaths are cheaters or not based on their ability to empathize as this is a big generalization. They are just like other human beings and as vulnerable to displaying cheating behavior or not. If you suspect, your empath partner is cheating on you, notice the signs, gather evidence, and confront them. Do not act on assumptions. Always know there can be multiple other possibilities. Open communication with them can be the key to helping you. 

Empaths 

Empath refers to people who are highly in tune with their emotions and also with the emotions of other people. This enables them to detect the feelings of others and their thoughts. They can understand the perspective of other people and act accordingly. They extend their compassion and kindness to anyone who needs their help.

Empaths and Cheating Behavior

 Empaths often get a lot of positive press on social media.  They are depicted as Angels who can do nothing wrong. However, it is important to clarify that empaths are just like any other human being who can have negative traits and commit mistakes in their life.  Saying whether someone will cheat or not in their relationships is a big generalization.  We cannot predict their behavior and say that they will cheat in their relationship or that they would never do that just based on their ability to be in tune with their emotions.

 We can however and discuss the signs of infidelity and emotional affairs.  If you are interested to know whether empaths can cheat or not, read the following to get a general idea of cheating behavior.  We would however urge that do not make assumptions based on what is written ahead.  Nothing can replace an honest and open communication.  So instead of assuming your partner is cheating by ticking off signs on the checklist provided gently sit them down and have a calm discussion with them. Express your thoughts and feelings and what made you think they were being Unfaithful.  Clarify any misconceptions and with discussion come to a solution.

Signs of cheating behavior

If you ever suspect that your partner is being Unfaithful to you there are different signs of cheating behavior. Look for clear evidence and do not act on exemptions while confronting your partner.

Improved physical appearance and grooming

You may notice that your partner has suddenly changed and has started being attentive to their lifestyle. This can include healthy eating and proper exercise. It could be that they are trying to improve their Outlook. They may start wearing cologne and change their dressing style. They may even get a haircut or buy new undergarments. They tend to look the same around you but whenever they go out for social events, their dressing has changed and improved. This could be a sign that something has changed and motivated them to appear attractive a physical level to people. 

Secret phone use and computer use

You may notice that your partner spends a lot of time on their phone and computer. Similarly, they are quite guarded and defensive while using their phone. In addition to that,  they have changed their password or started deleting their texts. Their browser history is also cleared on a daily basis. They may take their phone everywhere even to the bathroom and whenever you ask them why they are hiding their phone, they may not answer clearly or give you their phone easily to disconfirm your suspicions.

Delay in response

Your partner has changed their response rate to you. It means that they do not answer your calls on time or respond to your texts. Whenever you call them, you cannot reach them. Later on, they come up with excuses like they were driving or they were busy at a meeting, or just some forms of lame excuses. Even excuses like frequently going on a business trip or being made to work late almost every day can be a few signs that there is something wrong. 

Sudden change in sexual activity

It is possible that if your partner is cheating, your sexual life has changed recently. It can include less enthusiasm or distracted behavior. It could be that they are thinking of someone else while being with you. Another possibility is, that they are emotionally disconnected from you. They do not offer to make the experience enjoyable for you. However, it can also be the opposite i.e. they introduce new activities and techniques in your sexual relationship suddenly. This could be a sign that they’re learning these tricks from somewhere else.

Hostility in behavior

You recently noticed that your partner is more hostile and aggressive towards you. They push you away and blame you most of the time or they have stopped appreciating you for whatever you do and do not compliment you on your appearance. They are quite judgmental of you and often make it seem that there is nothing right in your relationship.Things that did not bother your partner in the past have started getting to them (SUDDENLY) can be a sign that there is something wrong in your relationship.

Change in schedule

Your partner’s daily schedule and routine have started to change suddenly. It could be that they are lying to you and saying that their work has changed and they need to get out more. It could be that they are buying time to spend time with their affair partner. Similarly, other excuses like going to the gym or spending extra time outside with friends or something can be signs of infidelity. It can also be that they forget their daily responsibilities like forgetting to pick up your children or forgetting important events or important dates.

Changes in expenses

You start to notice that there is suddenly less money in your partner’s accounts. And there are strange charges on their credit cards. It could be that they are spending their money on gifts and dinners and hotel rooms that can lead to large cash withdrawals. However, don’t assume this and politely ask them where the money is being spent. If you do not get a clear answer, it can be a sign of something being wrong.

Emotional intimacy in your relationship has started to die down

Although it is quite normal that when we start spending time with another person, our relationship gradually stops being as intense as it was in the first few months. We become more comfortable with each other and trust each other with important aspects of our life. However, we do have points where we prefer bonding to our significant other and share our vulnerabilities. If your partner has stopped focusing on having conversations with you, notice that behavior and discuss it with them.

Avoidance

Whenever you confront your partner based on suspicion, they may get defensive or try to avoid the topic completely. They may try to shift to another topic or try to blame you and say that you’re thinking too much. If they do not openly share any pieces of evidence, this could be a sign that there is something wrong in your relationship.

Disclaimer:  It is important to ensure that your partner could be displaying all the signs and not be cheating. All the points stated above can have multiple other possibilities that are unrelated to cheating. It could also be an indication that something might be wrong in your relationship that needs attention. 

Try to discuss your feelings with your partner openly.  If you have strong evidence that your partner is in fact cheating, it is suggested that you consult a friend for a therapist or someone you are close to and come up with the plan. Emotionally ready yourself first before confronting your partner.

 If you are in a relationship with an empath, and you have noticed these signs in them, do not assume that since they are an empath they can do no wrong.  Your relationship is as vulnerable to having problems as any other relationship in the world. Openly discuss your fears and concerns with your empath partner and try to come to a neutral solution to how things are and how to improve them.

FAQs: Do empaths cheat?

Do empaths struggle in relationships?

Yes, they struggle in relationships due to their over feeling nature. They have difficulty prioritizing their needs and face difficulty establishing boundaries. However, there are always individual differences among empaths. 

Are most empaths single?

It is not necessary that empaths are single. A few empaths report preferring to be single due to fear of relationships. Yet, there are many empaths who enjoy relationships as well and are committed.

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed Do empaths cheat?. we found that ee cannot say whether empaths are cheaters or not based on their ability to empathize as this is a big generalization. They are just like other human beings and as vulnerable to displaying cheating behavior or not. If you suspect, your empath partner is cheating on you, notice the signs, gather evidence, and confront them. Do not act on assumptions. Always know there can be multiple other possibilities. Open communication with them can be the key to helping you. 

 I hope you found this article interesting. If you have any queries or comments, please state them in the comment section 😊

Citations

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/love-and-sex-in-the-digital-age/201812/10-signs-your-spouse-is-cheating

https://www.verywellmind.com/warning-signs-your-spouse-is-cheating-2300652

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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