On HuffPost Live Thursday, dating coach Sandy Weiner revealed that she had an emotional affair that ultimately ended her marriage.
Weiner had been working at a sleep-away camp that her children attended when she met a man with whom she developed a deep and meaningful connection. At the time, she and her husband of 23 years were drifting apart.
"He actually wanted to have a [physical] affair with me but I refused," she said. "But we became very close. We shared values, we shared conversations that I couldn't have with my husband. And I had a fantasy that we would both get divorced and both end up marrying each other."
Although that particular fantasy did not come true, Weiner said that the emotional affair helped her realize it was time to end her marriage.
"Really what it was was the catalyst for me to say 'you know what, my marriage really isn't working,'" she said.
The majority of people consider emotional affairs to be cheating, according to a recent poll conducted by HuffPost and YouGov. Of the 1,000 participants polled, 60 percent of people said they would consider it cheating if their partner developed a deep emotional connection with someone else, while just 18 percent said it would not constitute cheating.
Check out the video above to hear more from Weiner, then click through the slideshow below to see what other behaviors people consider cheating, according to the HuffPost/YouGov poll.
In a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 people, fifty-six percent of women polled said that if their partner kissed someone else on the lips, they would consider it cheating, versus 40 percent of men who felt the same.
Younger people were more likely to consider it cheating if their partner kissed someone else on the lips than older people. Seventy-four percent of 18-29 year-olds polled would consider it cheating if their partner kissed someone else on the lips, as compared to 53 percent of those ages 30-44, 38 percent of 45-64 year-olds and 30 percent of those 65+.
Women were more likely than men to perceive it to be cheating if their partner sent a sexy text message or photo to someone else: 85 percent of women polled would consider it cheating, versus 74 percent of men.
There was a big discrepancy among men and women regarding forming a deep emotional connection with someone else: 70 percent of women said they would consider it cheating, compared to 50 percent of men.
Age was also a factor in whether or not respondents said that forming a deep emotional connection with someone other than their partner constituted infidelity. While 69 percent of people ages 65+ would consider that cheating, only 52 percent of people ages 18-29 said the same.
Democrats and Republicans don't see eye to eye on strip clubs. Thirty-five percent of Republicans said that they would consider it cheating if their partner went to a strip club, compared to 19 percent of Democrats. (Sixty-eight percent of Democrats said they wouldn't consider it cheating, compared to 51 percent of Republicans).
If a partner were to reconnect with an ex on Facebook, 26 percent of women would consider it cheating (42 percent would not) compared to 21 percent of males (56 percent would not).
Republicans and Democrats also differed on the implications of reconnecting with an old flame on Facebook; 29 percent of Republicans said that they would consider it cheating (44 percent would not), versus 19 percent of Democrats (51 percent would not).
The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted March 8-10 among 2,000 U.S. adults, 1,000 of whom were randomly assigned to answer each of the two sets of questions. The poll used a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.