When the infidelity is only happening online

Sex addiction expert Kenneth M. Adams, PhD talks about the warning signs of online infidelity
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When the infidelity is only happening online

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What about the person who is only, I put that in quotes, only cheating online, but never has physical sexual contact with the person on the other end? Typically, those relationships suffer in the same way or similar way their relationships in which there has been a physical sexual betrayal. First of all, there's been a violation of trust and often times a person is frankly fantasizing and masterbating while online of offline, so there is an erotic sexual relationship going on even though there's not physical contact. Some of the warning signs that your spouse is having an online affair is they're spending an excessive amount of time on the internet in other rooms they don't typically do. They're spending an excessive amount of time while you're sleeping and they're staying up all night. They're avoiding responsibilities. When you question them about what they're doing online, they get very defensive. They may close the screen down. Those are all signs that something probably is going on.

Sex addiction expert Kenneth M. Adams, PhD talks about the warning signs of online infidelity

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Kenneth M. Adams, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Kenneth M. Adams, Ph.D., CSAT, is a Licensed Psychologist, the Clinical Director and Founder of Kenneth M. Adams and Associates in suburban Detroit, Michigan, as well as a faculty member at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. As previous Clinical Director for the Life Healing Center in Sante Fe, New Mexico, a residential treatment center for trauma and addiction, Dr Adams created the first inpatient program exclusively for partners of sex addicts. In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr. Adams is a national lecturer, workshop leader, and consultant in the areas of child abuse, dysfunctional family systems, and sex addiction. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, the books Silently Seduced and When He’s Married to Mom, as well as co-editor of Clinical Management of Sex Addiction. In 2011, Dr Adams received the “Carnes Award” for “outstanding work in the field of sexual addiction and compulsivity”. He is a certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), a CSAT supervisor, and CSAT training facilitator as well as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner. Dr. Adams is a member of the American Psychological Association, Michigan Psychological Association, Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), and International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) as well as an advisory board member to SASH and IITAP, and an editorial board member of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. For more on Dr Adams visit www.drkenadams.com.

 

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