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At Affordable Counseling in Tampa Fl. & Brandon Fl. we feel infidelity comes in many forms and affects the betrayer and the betrayed in many ways. Generally, most people consider engaging in an emotional and/or physically intimate relationship with someone other than with your partner an affair. Emotional affairs are relying on and communicating with a non family member whom you have intimate feelings toward. Often these emotional affairs begin with two people complaining about their unhappiness in their own lives. Physical affairs include physical contact, from kissing to intercourse. Emotional affairs can be as damaging as physical affairs and may also be the gateway to a physical affair. There is research suggesting that women are more affected by emotional affairs, whereas men are more impacted by their partners having physical affairs. In my experience, each type of affair can be equally traumatic and damaging to both genders. These types of affairs also impact gay and lesbian relationships with similar levels of damage. A third and less common type of affair is viewing pornography. Women more often than men perceive that viewing pornography is a form of cheating. There are changing norms with millennials. More and more millennial women are watching pornography and both sexes are lowering their expectations about their partners need to abstain from pornography altogether. It is up to each couple to decide what is betrayal for them. Ultimately betrayal is a violation of trust that results in a traumatic experience for the betrayed, and often for the betrayer but to a lesser extent. If couples watch porography together, openly communication their individual sexual desires and needs the relationship becomes stronger, together.