Most discussions about infidelity are black and white. Did your partner have sex with someone else? Did they carry a years-long affair? But there are gray areas that can put a strain on a relationship without being considered "cheating." What if your partner just has a crush on someone else?
Redditor My_Life_Uncensored (MLU) pointed out that although crushes are natural and common, they sometimes "walk the line of emotional cheating" in relationships.
There are studies proving that having crushes outside of your relationship can actually improve things for you and your partner. But if your partner likes someone else, would you feel good about it?
In the Reddit thread: "What to do when your partner has a crush," MLU detailed the process of crushing while in a relationship, and offers advice on how to get through it:
"My wife and I have dealt with crushes several times over our 10 years together. Once for me, and twice for her. I swear, if I asked Reddit for help during the times she had crushes, cuz it was shitty times, it would have told me to walk away with a couple hundred upvotes, and that would have been the absolute worst advice. We've been married two years now (though we've been devoted to each other for ten years) and could not be happier. Each time has been a chance to make both ourselves and our relationship stronger. So, I decided to share our success with Reddit to maybe help other relationships."