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Secret relationships sound exciting and adventurous, donít they? Just having a secret is provocative, but when thereís romance and sex involved that makes the secret even juicier. Do you like know why secret relationships have such a big appeal, and that people wonder why youíre smiling all the time?
Secret relationships arenít uncommon. But you should also realize that they donít always work. In fact, having a relationship thatís a secret can put a huge strain on you as a couple. The odds of this type of relationship only lasting a short time are pretty high.
It can be more difficult than you think to go very long without talking about the relationship. If it werenít secret, you would probably mention your partner throughout the day in casual conversation. Even just mentioning something you saw together or talked about would be a natural thing to do.
But in secret relationships, you have to keep yourself from doing that. You might find it on the tip of your tongue to talk about your partner and have to catch yourself all the time. Having to censor yourself several times a day can be quite a source of stress.
Add to that your partnerís feelings about having to do the same thing. Between the two of you, that can add up to a lot of tension.
Thereís also the worry about being seen together. People in hush-hush relationships donít have the luxury of going out go a great restaurant for dinner. They canít go see the latest movie together, or walk down the road holding hands.
There are exceptions to this. If youíre keeping the relationship secret because youíre good friends and you donít want people to know itís become more, you can still be seen together. But youíll have to give only appearance of friendship around others.
Some relationships are kept secret for that very reason. Friends have become more than that but dotí want to ìjinxî the relationship. Or they decide that their group of friends might not understand. And they think maybe keeping it a secret is a good idea in case things donít work out. Then the friends would never have to know.
Many coworkers who start dating keep the secret for the same reason. Things would just be easier at work if other people didnít know, both while itís happening and in case it ends. And with work situations, such dating might be discouraged making the secret necessary.
But by keeping it a secret for those reasons, itís as if youíre saying that itís probably not going to work out. At least, youíre showing that you have serious doubts about it. How healthy does it seem to be in a relationship that you must believe wonít last, so much so that youíre keeping it a secret?
While the relationship might be thrilling at first and seem like an adventure, the best way to have secret relationships is with the understanding that theyíll only be secret for a short time.
You might think itís too bad you canít take a class called relationships 101 in college. They offer math, physics, literature and tons of classes, but a class on relationships is something that could help everyone. Fortunately, you have the skills already to save your relationship and make it better without needed a relationships 101 course.
Most relationships, no matter what happens, can be saved. There are a few relationships that shouldnít be saved, like those that are abusive or really miserable. But most others have the potential to be fixed. That should be lesson number in any relationships 101 class.
The problem is, people give up too soon. Theyíre angry, hurt, upset and it just seems easiest to get out of the situation that made them that way. Itís all too easy to focus only on whatís happening now, and not the past.
If the relationship was good at one point, and most were or no one would have stayed in it very long, then it really can be that way again. But people have to look past the anger and the problems that are happening now, and remember those good times. Thatís the only way theyíll even want to try to use relationships 101 theory to save the couple.
To cause further problems, often one person is ready to work hard at saving the relationship. But the other person wonít look past the bad to remember the good. That person is ready to chuck it all away. And can only person save a relationship?
Sometimes one person can do it, but itís not easy. Itís hard to stay positive and hopeful when your boyfriend of girlfriend doesnít act or feel the same. It can start to feel like youíre fighting a losing battle.
Relationships 101 lesson #2: Keep fighting the battle, because even if the relationship doesnít heal, it will make you a better person. Thatís because the things youíll do to try to save the relationship are simply good for you, and good for the other person, too.
Itís very important to remember the way you behaved with the relationship was new and going strong. Compare that to how you behave with that person now. And turn things around by acting the way you used to, and doing the things you used to.
Strive to be polite again just as you were in the beginning. Be thoughtful and be a good friend to the person whenever you can, even if youíre not going to get anything out of it. Donít beg them to come back, tell them they need to come back, or threaten what will happen if they donít come back.
When faced with someone acting like that, would you want to be with that person again? Tell yourself that youíll survive no matter what happens, but do your very best to show them the person they want to be with again. Best the best ìyouî no matter what is the best relationships 101 lesson there is.
If you suspect your partner at all, you should look for signs of cheating in a relationship. Usually if you see smoke, a fire is burning somewhere. So if you have doubt in your partnerís fidelity, thereís probably a reason.
Remember that just because you see signs of cheating in a relationship, though, that doesnít necessarily mean that cheating is going on. Once youíve seen the signs, youíll have to look further to determine if cheating is really happening.
And sometimes there are no signs of cheating in a relationship and yet cheating is going on. Itís not an easy position to be in, to have to figure these things out.
The following signs can certainly lead you one direction or another. Donít make a decision just based on one or even a few of them. But a lot of evidence can certainly let you know that something may be wrong, and you may want to look at little closer.
- Secret cell phone conversations are one of the top signs. If your partner leaves the room every time the cell phone rings, you have to wonder why. Were they taught thatís polite? If theyíre at all strange acting about the conversation, you should pay attention.
- Sudden change in hygiene is common when someone is having an affair. If your partner never goes to any special trouble for you to make sure he or she looks and smells good, a change in this could be worrisome. If they’re making themselves nice for you, thatís great. If theyíre dolling up to go out, you have to wonder why.
- More arguments can be one of the signs of cheating in a relationship. Particularly if it seems your partner is starting the argument for no reason and then storming out because of it. It could be just an excuse to leave and have some time away from you without having to come up with another excuse.
- Catching your partner in a lie can mean trouble. Even the smallest lie shows that personís willingness to lie in general. Look for connections between that lie and the possibility of an affair.
- An increase in computer time can be a bad sign. If your partner is spending hours online after youíre in bed or while youíre doing other things, it could be an affair.
- A common sign of cheating is if your friends act strange. They might know something you donít and feel uncomfortable around you.
- And a painfully common sign of cheating is if your partner accuses you of cheating or hints that he thinks you might be having an affair. Very often, thatís a guilty conscious talking and youíre being accused of the thing thatís causing him or her guilt.
The only way to know for sure is to have real evidence. So remember that even though these are common signs of cheating in a relationship, none of them can be used to prove an affair is occurring.